Posted by Ben Morgan, Last modified by Nicola Beretta on 22 February 2017 08:46 AM
Allen & Heath can provide a range of pre-assembled, approved CAT and fibre cables. Please see here for more information.
Recommended Cables for A&H digital mixers
Different cables are used with our mixers depending on the control and audio interface options fitted. The choice of cable and connector type is important in ensuring it is suitably reliable and rugged for the application, does not degrade system performance and meets the associated EMC standards requirements. Cable type becomes critical for longer distances and touring applications.
The cable is the link between major components in the system and its importance should not be under estimated when specifying type and construction. The following notes provide a guide to recommended types:
CAT cables and connectors
Use STP (shielded twisted pair) CAT5e or higher cables. Those with both foil and braided screens provide shielding from interference and are generally more rugged. Although solid core types can perform better at longer distances stranded core cables are less prone to damage when kinked or repeatedly coiled. If you use a solid core type for touring check with the manufacturer that it is rated for the touring application.
For long distance cables and those that are repeatedly plugged we recommend you use the Neutrik EtherCon* connector which has a shell that protects the connections and locks it in place when plugged into the mating EtherCon socket provided on iLive. Protective dust caps are available for these connectors.
*Use only Neutrik NE8MC EtherCon or compatible connectors. The Neutrik NE8MC6 range is NOT mechanically compatible with the EtherCon socket on our products. For CAT6 termination use the NE8MX6 range instead.
All Network, ACE, gigaACE, DX and dSnake ports are 'auto-switching' so both straight and cross-over CAT5 cables can be used for these connections.
The following CAT5 cable types have been tested and approved by Allen & Heath to meet the required EMC standards:
EtherSound is an industry standard audio networking system that is based on Ethernet technology.
A list of cable types approved by Digigram for use with EtherSound is published on their website at www.ethersound.com/technology/compatibility.php
Dante is an Ethernet compliant audio networking solution created and developed by Audinate.
SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet networking and processing technology developed by Waves.
MADI is an industry standard multi channel digital audio interface documented by the Audio Engineering Society as AES10.
Allen & Heath have tested and recommend Belden 1505A 75 ohm coaxial cable for use with MADI. Other cable that meets the specification of this cable may be used too.
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