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Audio cable tester

The evolution of an XLR / Jack audio cable tester

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As I am working with a lot of XLR audo cables for amateur theater project, I need a simple equipment to test the wiring of my cables.

I am a beginner with electronics and arduino but step by step I hope to make a good cable tester. (It would be good like this usb cable tester: https://hackaday.io/project/6858-usb-cable-tester )

XLR Cable Tester v1.2

With two rows of LEDs it can check more problems.

XLR Cable Tester v1.0

It is simple. It works. But it has serious issues.

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  • Cable Tester v1.2

    borazslo04/13/2017 at 22:25 0 comments

    The Cable Tester v1.0 had some serious issues. That tester could detect non-connected cables/lines but it had problems recognizing miss-connected / switched cables. So I have made a plan for the newer version with the help of @davedarko's comment.

    Check out and test online the new circuit: https://circuits.io/circuits/4643590

    Cable Tester Circuit v1.2

    The new circuit needs a new box as well. But that is for another time.

  • Cable Tester v1.0 (it's so bad)

    borazslo04/06/2017 at 20:27 0 comments

    The very fist version of the cable tester is very simple: four switches with four LEDs. When the cable connected you can switch on/off the buttons and the LEDs bright up if the line has connection. That seems simple and perfect. But ...

    Circuit:

    3d Printed Box:

    And the final and working product:

    So it works just fine. When I connect the XLR cable I can check to connectivity of the 3 main lines/pins and the chassis ground.

    Mismatched cables

    But what does this circuit do when some cables are connected but in a wrong way? Sometimes it works just fine (left picture), but in other cases it makes false OK signs (right picture). So it is time to make a better version of the circuit.


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davedarko wrote 04/06/2017 at 21:03 point

I was wondering why my cable tester got the recent like, now I know :) Good luck with your project, they're the best if you actually want to use them! 

A tip, use LEDs on both sides of the wire, this way you can see where you start and where it comes out - if there is any shorting you'll see more than one LED on one side glowing ;)

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borazslo wrote 04/07/2017 at 07:25 point

Thanks for the advice. Yesterday when I was in the shower I have began to think about something similar. Thank you for the confirmation.

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