My personal favourite for any cable is Sommer cable from Germany. I tested their EMC-Quad and Carbokab microphone cables a few years ago and since then I’m sold on the quality and robustness of their offerings. The standards they maintain should come as no surprise, though, as they supply cables and equipment to all major TV and radio stations in the world. Unfortunately, they don’t make Thunderbolt cables. Luckily, there’s Apple with its 3m Thunderbolt 4 cable, the best money can buy.… Read More Short review of some good, long USB-C and Thunderbolt cables
It’s almost the end of the year. Because this year has been exceptional in terms of Mac hardware and software, and of audio and video related equipment, I have decided to close off 2021 with a list of the Best of the Best in five categories.… Read More The Best Products of 2021
[CalDigit] has been releasing new docks since Thunderbolt 4 was only just announced and now it’s shipping a new Thunderbolt 4 cable as well. The new cable is a hybrid. It hooks up Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C type 4, type 3.2, type 3.1, 3.0 and 2.0 devices. I received a 2m cable to test.… Read More CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 cable 2m
With Apple now selling the 2m braided nylon Thunderbolt 3 cable it includes with your Apple Pro Display XDR monitor separately for a whopping €150, I thought it’d be a good idea to test a number of 2m cables from well-known brands that sell on Amazon’s sites and elsewhere. I tested a Cable Matters, CalDigit and Belkin cable.… Read More Three Thunderbolt 3 cables put to the test
Plugable is well-known for its inexpensive — if not cheap — products of well above average quality. After a few nasty experiences with Thunderbolt 3 cables and a USB 3.2 Gen. 2 C-type to SATA adapter by a company who charges a hefty premium for its products, I decided to see if Plugable’s products are any better.… Read More Test: Plugable Thunderbolt 3 cable & USB-C to SATA adapter
Which is better, a microphone cable that costs €15 for 10m or one that costs five times as much? And if it’s the latter, then the next question is: will you actually hear a difference?… Read More Microphone cables, why they matter
As UK-based Rycote is the industry-standard specialist in shock & wind protection for field production sound, I took their Softie Duo-Lyre Mount with pistol grip handle to the test with the Deity S-Mic 2. The microphone came with only a basic plastic mount that I suspected to transmit all the vibrations and bumps it could possibly suffer from common, daily usage.… Read More How well does a Rycote Softie Duo-Lyre Mount with Pistol Grip kill unwanted sound?
A quick question: in order to record 4K/HDR/4:4:4 footage would you shell out €115 for a coiled HDMI 2.0a cable that is 30cm-60cm long? Or would you opt for a thin, flexible cable of let’s say 150cm that is certified for HDMI 2.0b but costs €25.95? I don’t know about you, but given that I can roll up the latter to a lightweight loop, yet use that same cable to put my video monitor/recorder in a secure location while operating my camera at a distance, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment. I tested the RU Connected thin cable with a Shogun Inferno, recording 4K/60 in V-log (Rec.2020, aka “HDR”) and was very happy with it.… Read More RU Connected Thin HDMI cable for recording to a Shogun Inferno
You can buy any HDMI cable for video recording to an external monitor/recorder equipped with an HDMI-port and it will do just fine, provided it can handle the HDMI specification you’re shooting with. That is undoubtedly true, but the influence of the quality of assembly and an issue with cable management could make you buy an expensive coiled cable. There’s an alternative that works just as good, though, and it’s much cheaper.… Read More A flat but flexible or a coiled HDMI cable for recording to your Atomos Shogun?
What’s in a cable? If you believe the audiophile, there’s an awful lot going on in an audio cable. Audiophiles are happy to shell out well over €1000 for an RCA interconnect. They claim to hear a difference with any lead that’s cheaper. But none of these chaps has ever succeeded to pick the expensive cable out of a bunch of cheap ones without knowing which is which.… Read More Audiophiles should try the RU Connected RCA interconnect