Good quality bulk DMX cable Recommendations on flexible data cable wanted
Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:26 PM
We have recently bought a stock of Robin 100 LED beams which only have 5 pin DMX connections, this means the time has come to finally make a decent batch of good quality 5 pin DMX cable.
Most of the 3 pin stock is made using Van Damme Tourgrade mic string and the current plan is to use this for the 5 pin cables as well as we don't use particularly long runs and rarely get problems with this. However since we're going to the effort of making the cables up I'm still looking for a good quality data cable to use.
Proper DMX cable all seems to have a braided shield which makes it stiff and harder to coil and having beaten up a sample a bit and opening it up the sheild had ripped in several places anyway. This rules out Tourmate Datasafe cable which we use in installs and for long drums.
So the question is does anyone have any recommendations for bulk DMX cable that hits all of the pointers below:
1) 110 or 120 Ohm - I'm aware I'm skipping over the most important critera as I hope anything with loosely the right impedence will be better than mic string!
2) Flexible - The main point. Easy to handle and coil, doesn't kink and tear the sheild. I'm guessing a stranded sheild will be better than a braided one.
3) Black - a lot of them seem to be funky colours which I don't really want
4) Reasonable price - about 60p to 90p per metre when bought in quantities over 100m
Looking around there seem to be a lot of AES cables that are advertised as DMX cable and in my experience AES seems to have the key benefit of being nice to handle so that may be the solution.
Any opinions welcome especially if you make a lot of cables. If anyone is in the position to send me any samples I can't promise to make you a millionaire but all advice will be appreciated!
Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:22 AM
If you have gone to the expense of nice fixtures, why not go all out on the cable as well? I just bought some Mac Entours, and decided its time to make some proper cable.. 300m of Beldon 8102 cable and about 50 sets of Neutrik 5P XX connectors later, and I have a nice set of virtually indestructible cables.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:51 PM
They are obviously not Van Damme/Neutrik, but they are nicely made and I've never had any problems with them.
This post has been edited by timsabre: 31 July 2012 - 02:52 PM
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:10 PM
I agree with Ashley - use proper DMX cables if you are investing in decent kit. When the kit is obsolete you will have a cable call ready for the next lot!
Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:10 AM
You have coughed up the cash for proper robe's and not some Clone 101, Why cheap out now? What are the big guys using/trusting their reputation on?
Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:16 AM
It seems the big hire companies near us (who I asked first) either use mic cable or buy cheap stuff online in bulk then throw it out if it breaks; they also lose a fair bit. The cables we make ourselves don't break and we rarely lose any so it is worth making good quality ones.
Beldon 8102 seems to be one of those cables that is designed for all the electrical specs for DMX. I don't need the second pair and there doesn't seem to be a single pair version which would be cheaper. Is it ok to work with as the general opinion is that full spec data cable is harder to handle? For instance you can't leave a coil on the floor as it is so stiff it unravels itself. As most of the core damage is done to a cable when it is coiled which happens to it hundreds of times it makes sense for us to prioritise flexibility over features that we don't really need. Also if it is easy to coil local crew can do it which saves hours of time recoiling cables in the warehouse!
Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:33 AM
LR1: Back on the road!
Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:32 PM