Audio Cable Manufacturers have long since sold overpriced cables that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars while making outrageous claims that their cable provides the purest and truest sound. In many cases, they're simply selling you snake oil. In an industry where not much regulation or standards exist, it's common for manufacturers to come up with technical jargon without proper scientific basis as means to convince consumers that their cables are better.

That's not to say though that there aren't any differences between a low cost budget cable and a mid range cable. There are often times an audible difference between a $10 Instrument Cable vs a $30-50 cable due to the types of connectors, shielding, and thickness of the copper used on the cable. In most cases, it isn't a night and day difference, but it's enough for most professional musicians to definitely consider.

For example, the average Hosa Instrument Cable runs for an MSRP of around $7.95 for 10 feet while a Canare GS-6 Instrument Cable runs at around $24.50. For $7.95, Hosa's cable is definitely a bargain, and something worth considering for a starting musician. The difference between a cable such as Hosa's GTR-210 Instrument Cable and the Canare GS-6 comes down to the type of connectors, copper, and shielding that's used. Budget Instrument Cables provide less shielding and have a higher gauge copper conductor leading to a higher chance of interference or signal loss over longer distances while cables such as Canare's GS-6 are designed with adequate braided copper shielding to provide an all around tighter and more durable shield, allowing less potential interference to penetrate into the cable and affect your audio quality.

Budget cables also come with less durable connectors that are mass produced and assembled in China, while cables such as our Canare GS-6 are assembled with Neutrik connectors that are precisely manufactured in Liechtenstein. These connectors are durable enough to often outlast the cable itself. Neutrik connectors also have tighter manufacturing tolerances than Chinese connectors that don't always provide a snug fit, that can lead to potential crackling and popping noises.

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