Review (February 2007)
Bad cables are more than just a nuisance for musicians. They can cost valuable time and interrupt important recording sessions or live shows. Eliminating the bad interconnects from your setup brings back confidence that your equipment will perform as it should. To help, Ebtech has introduced the Swizz Army Cable Tester - an easy to use multifunction cable tester for audio applications. The flexible design quickly diagnoses problems with XLR, 1/4", RCA, 1/8", TT, and MIDI cables. Most problems start out as intermittent connections and can be a real pain when they fail. The Swizz Army lets you wiggle the cable and find any intermittent problems so the bad cable can be replaced before a big gig. This cable tester also has a built-in tone generator (1kHz or 440Hz tone), phantom-power detect, and grounded XLR shield detect. The wiring of the cable is clearly displayed on the LEDs and clearly shows continuity, opens and shorts for each pin. A latching circuit indicates if the cable is intermittent even if your eye didn't catch the short or open. The Swizz Army operates on a pair of AA batteries.
- Kevin Nakano
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