Audio cable tester
Our take on the Mackie MTEST-1 by Crutchfield's James Ralston
This Mackie cable tester will accept just about any audio cable you might need to check.
Work smart, not hard
When you're setting up a PA system or doing a sound installation, one dead cable can lead to lengthy troubleshooting headaches. This handy cable tester from Mackie lets you check most types of audio cables, so you can pinpoint the problem and get back to making beautiful sound.
Plug-in probes are included for checking the electrical continuity between any two points.
- lets you check most types of audio cables
- probes included for testing electrical continuity between any two points
- runs on a single 9-volt battery (not included)
- 6-way knob for input selection/battery check
- cable input/output connections:
- 1/4" TS and TRS
- 3.5mm TS and TRS
- RCA /phono
- 5-pin MIDI
- 1.4 lbs.
- 4-13/16"W x 6-1/2"H x 2-3/4"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Cable tester
- Two electrical probes w/ 35" cables terminating in banana plugs (one black
- one red)
- Quickstart guide
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Overview: The Mackie MTEST-1 is a versatile cable tester that can be used to verify continuity on just about any type of cable, even one with different connectors on each end. It's powered by a 9 volt battery (not included) and its heavy-duty build quality makes it a durable, road-worthy tool.
Connections: Each side of the tester has female jacks for the most common types of cable ends. One end of the cable in question will plug into a left side input jack while the other end gets plugged into the right output side of the tester. The XLR connection has both male and female sockets available. If you have a cable that needs to be tested and doesn't have one of the provided connector ends, a pair of testing probes are included for testing any type of non-active circuit. Since its common for cables to have two different ends on them (eg. 1/4" TRS to XLR), the MTEST-1 can automatically detect which input and output jacks are being used. The following connection sockets are provided:
- 1/4" TS/TRS
- 1/8" TS/TRS
Note: The MTEST-1 cannot be used to test cables with phantom power on them.
Indicators: Two rows of 5 LEDs illuminate to show which input pins are connected to which output pins and a 6-way knob is used to switch between each pin selection. A ground LED is provided to indicate whether the corresponding contact and chassis are properly grounded or indicate that there's a short circuit from the pin to the shell. A Battery Check LED will illuminate brightly to indicate the 9V battery is good and will dim as the battery charge decreases.
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