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On the whole, just how unreliable are Radio Shack cables?

 
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Feb 28, 2011 10:40 |  #1

For my PW Plus II's to Alienbee setup, I have two 1/8 to 1/8 mono 6' cable (a shorter length was not available).

I bought two. One works great. The other, purchased a week later, eh, not so much. In fact, not at all.

I can't see that this is an AB or PW issue, so I have to assume it's with the cable.

Anyone care to chime in?


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Feb 28, 2011 10:49 |  #2

You do get now and then the odd cable that fails, sometimes it's the solder joint that fails or a break in the wire, just send it back for a replacement..


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Feb 28, 2011 10:51 |  #3

I've only purchased two 1/8" to 1/8" cords from Radio Shack and have had no problems with them what so ever. However, mine were the 6 inch cords, not 6 feet. Try the 6 inch cord and see how that works for you.....


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Feb 28, 2011 10:57 |  #4

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I've only purchased two 1/8" to 1/8" cords from Radio Shack and have had no problems with them what so ever. However, mine were the 6 inch cords, not 6 feet. Try the 6 inch cord and see how that works for you.....


Just ordered four from Lon at Flashzebra. I've purchased things from him in the past and, if nothing else, he knows what I'm talking about when I say PocketWizard, Alienbee.. etc.

But seriously.. Radio Shack used to be the premiere place for electronics.. Now, they were more interested in selling me a cell phone package.


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Feb 28, 2011 11:18 |  #5

another source might be cablesforless.com. These guys appear to carry just about anything! I've used them exclusively for AV / Home Theater stuff when Best Buy wanted $150 for an HDMI cable. Also good for PA/band/rock gear cabling.

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Feb 28, 2011 11:29 |  #6

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But seriously.. Radio Shack used to be the premiere place for electronics.. Now, they were more interested in selling me a cell phone package.

Agree.

Radio Shack stuff is junk. I got 4 and problems in 2 after couple of shoots.

Replaced them with cables from Robert. So much better than any stuff you can buy. Not to mention the bling factor.


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Feb 28, 2011 11:43 |  #7

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Agree.

Radio Shack stuff is junk. I got 4 and problems in 2 after couple of shoots.

Replaced them with cables from Robert. So much better than any stuff you can buy. Not to mention the bling factor.


Cables from Robert? I may have missed something - I didn't realize he was selling anything. Do you have a link?

(your order is safe, Lon). :D


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Feb 28, 2011 11:49 |  #8

I managed several RadioShack locations a few years back and cables are cables. You CAN get those cables cheaper other places but I have several that still work fine that Ive had for 5 plus years.


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Feb 28, 2011 11:54 as a reply to  @ Jmark11207's post |  #9

On the whole Radio Shack's cable and adapter department is very good. Obviously if you're in the audio industry you're going to be buying Switchcraft or Neutrik connectors but for general purpose and using audio cables for sync (just a 2 conductor switch, really) they work well and prove to be reliable with few failures.


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Feb 28, 2011 12:01 |  #10

TMR Design wrote in post #11929772 (external link)
On the whole Radio Shack's cable and adapter department is very good. Obviously if you're in the audio industry you're going to be buying Switchcraft or Neutrik connectors but for general purpose and using audio cables for sync (just a 2 conductor switch, really) they work well and prove to be reliable with few failures.


If that's the case (and I believe you), I can't imagine why the second strobe wasn't working. Both the strobe and the PW are new - literally, three weeks old and fired perfectly in a slave config studio environment just the day before.

I'm going to try another cable. If not, then I'll start looking at the PW and AB units.


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Feb 28, 2011 12:04 |  #11

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Cables from Robert? I may have missed something - I didn't realize he was selling anything. Do you have a link?

(your order is safe, Lon). :D

PM me so we keep it out of the forum please.


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Feb 28, 2011 14:49 |  #12

jtschell wrote in post #11929819 (external link)
If that's the case (and I believe you), I can't imagine why the second strobe wasn't working. Both the strobe and the PW are new - literally, three weeks old and fired perfectly in a slave config studio environment just the day before.

I'm going to try another cable. If not, then I'll start looking at the PW and AB units.

Did you try switching the cables? That will tell you pretty quickly if it is a problem with the cable or with something else.

Also, you can try monoprice.com for all things cables (and other things). Great quality and prices.


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