Cable Construction

Open up the cable connectors and check the solder. The solder should not have "large Blobs," a sign of too much solder. The solder should appear smooth and slightly shiny. A dull surface of the solder usually indicates a poor connection. [1] Check to make sure there aren't any shorts between conductors.

1. "Audio Basics - Cable Anatomy 101" Live Sound International, May 2004
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