Horizon Music, manufacturer of cable products and black box-type interfaces, recently added the Silver-Flex series of patch and microphone cables is to its line.
The Horizon Silver-Flex cables have silver-plated, copper conductors and a silver-plated, copper-braided shield. The 24 gauge center conductor microphone cable has gold-plated pins and shell on the 3-pin, XLR-style connectors. Prices vary with length, but range from $23.99 to $62.97.
The 1/4-inch 22-gauge center conductor cables offer a brass shell with a gold-plated tip and sleeve, and a shrink-tube safety wrap on the connector extending three inches onto the cable. Gold tips and pins prevent corrosion and rust, prolonging the life of the connectors. Silver-plated conductors offer better conductivity, leading to a better sound.
The microphone cables are offered in lengths up to 100 feet and the patch cables are offered in lengths up to 30 feet. Of course, the shorter the length of unbalanced high-impedance cables, the less chance of noise problems.
Horizon provided me with a 25-foot mic cable and a 15-foot patch cable for testing. The first thing I noticed was the smooth and flexible quality of the wire, with little or no bend memory. I removed the shells of both connectors and I found the soldering workmanship excellent.
To check out the sound quality of both wires, I took them to a show where I was mixing. I’m not so sure you can really tell if wire sounds great, but you can sure tell when it doesn’t – I found the audio quality excellent, exhibiting full bandwidth and nice clarity.
The proprietary Horizon connectors mated nicely with other brands of connectors and there was no slop or looseness whatsoever. At the conclusion of the show, I noticed how easily the Silver-Flex cables rolled. They had no memory or kinking from the previous knots I had tied in both cables for almost two weeks.
I have used Horizon’s cables and snake assemblies for years and the company has always made very good products. The new Silver-Flex cable is an excellent addition to an already trusted line of cable and connectors.
Contact: Horizon Music at 800-255-9822