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Testing Cables – Why Use a Cable Tester?

Cable testers verify the electrical connections in a signal cable — confirming things are wired correctly between the ends of the cable. If there is a broken connection, the Hosa CBT-500 Cable Tester will let you know exactly where that connection is, which may have a simple solution such as resoldering a single contact point, saving you from throwing out a perfectly good, salvageable audio cable. Diagnosing these issues can help save a lot of headaches in the long run. Always test your cables before gigging, which can be done quick and easy with the Hosa CBT-500.

How to Test an Audio Cable

  1. Turn knob to position 1
  2. Plug one connector into corresponding jack on the left side of tester
  3. Plug other connector into corresponding jack on right side of tester
  4. Turn knob to each position to check wiring of each contact

Alternative Continuity Test

For any electronic connection to be tested, a complete loop must be present. The additional continuity testers allow you to test any pin and contact point in order to complete the circuit. These allow you to test the connectivity of any circuit, not just audio cables. To use the continuity testers:

  1. Apply the tip of each lead to the corresponding contacts
  2. If continuity exists, the tester will beep

Battery Check

Always make sure to check that the battery has life before testing any cables so you don’t misdiagnose any connection as faulty. The steps for the Hosa CBT-500 Cable Tester are simple:

  1. Turn knob to battery check
  2. The LED will illuminate if the battery is charged

Hosa’s Cable Tester – Better Safe Than Sorry

Hosa’s CBT-500 Cable Tester is constructed from metal to withstand field abuse and operates with a standard 9-volt battery (included). The device also provides a battery check function to ensure proper working condition prior to use. The CBT-500 Cable Tester makes an invaluable addition to one’s ‘tools of the trade’ and is ideal for use when preparing for a concert, studio recording session, or an installation as well as checking cables afterwards in order to ensure working operation the next time. Get yours today.

 

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