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  1. K-Tek Mighty Boom Cable Review: I was fortunate enough to test the Mighty Boom Cable this week. Created by K-Tek, this new, heavy duty, coiled XLR is advertised to make "off-the-shelf cables obsolete" with its extra strong and double-wired design. The Mighty Boom Cable is made with Neutrik XLR connectors and fits snugly into the XLR port of a boom pole. Straight out of the bag, it feels very durable and made to last, though a little stiff. The coiled section is less than half the total length of the cable. The long, straight cable ends were designed with the purpose of easily going into a Boombox or stand, but I found another reason to love this design. In my experience, most XLR boom cables are coiled from end to end, or may have an inch or two of straight cable before the connectors. With these cables, I've found that quick movements can cause them to slap against the mixer bag or tangle with my headphone cable. Because the Mighty Boom Cable has a shorter coiled portion, I found that I don't have these same issues, but I still get the stretch and movement I need with little to no handling noise. The most exciting aspect of the Mighty Boom Cable's design is on the inside. As someone who constantly repairs intermittent XLR cables, I really appreciated the craftsmanship. There are 6 large gauge internal wires. Each pin of the XLR connector has 2 soldered wires for a double connection and to help protect against unexpected signal loss. Each double-wiring is then wrapped in shrink-tubing. I thought the best test would be to actually break the connection and see if the signal is affected. I unsoldered one wire from a pin, wrapping it in electric tape so it didn't touch anything else. And despite the broken connection, the cable still worked perfectly and sounded great! I've only had it for a short time now, but I'm curious to see when, if ever, I need to repair The Mighty Boom Cable. It costs about $100 new, which may seem a little pricey when "off-the-shelf" coiled cables cost between $40-$60. But the Mighty Boom Cable is almost like 2-in-1, because of it's 6 internal wires and double connection. It's very well made and I think it's definitely worth the price! K-Tek Squid Universal Mount Review: I also got the chance to test out K-Tek's Squid Universal Mount, a high-quality silicone product designed to hold a monitor, phone, or mini Transmitter to a boom pole or tripod. Compared to a bongo tie, which is the mounting method I previously used, the Squid Mount is a much more secure and snug fit when used to mount a Zaxcom ZMT transmitter to a boom pole. The transmitter control buttons and screen are easily accessible and it's super easy to mount the vertical or horizontal. vs It took me a minute to figure out the best way to use the Squid Mount. There are instructions on the packaging, but I found them a little unclear and did a Google Search as well. Initially, I attached the mount incorrectly and the transmitter wiggled around more than it would have if I had used a bongo tie. The trick is to continue wrapping the ends around the front of the mount and have the transmitter rest on the flat logo section of the Squid Mount. Incorrect. The above photo shows a loose, floppy, mount. Correct. The above photo shows a snug fit. The silicone also feels soft and stretches beyond what I initially thought was possible. The packaging claims it can fit a smart phone, but I was surprised when it was able to stretch around my Galaxy S6 and case. It was a very tight fit, and I'd be wary of stretching it much farther, but it held my phone securely the to boom pole. The Squid Universal Mount costs $19 new, which seems a little expensive to me. Bongo ties, though not nearly as secure, cost under $10. However, I would definitely prefer using the Squid Universal Mount over a bongo tie just for the peace of mind that the transmitter is not going to fall off or dangle from the boom pole. It feels like a high quality product and I'm curious to see how it wears over time.
  2. New from K-TEK, KTA2B Sidekick Transmitter Adapter More: http://bit.ly/2oAkrUy Listed Price: $125
  3. New from K-TEK, Boom Box More: http://bit.ly/2poQQSN Listed Price: $185
  4. Thought I would post here since I'd love to pick up some non-union sit-in and referral jobs in the Los Angeles Area. I've been mixing full time for 2 years and have a couple cable TV features under my belt, among a multitude of corporate and commercial work. I'm also comfortable swinging it or being a utility. I have a small Nomad 10 follow cart for narratives and a 302 bag for smaller OTF and sit down interview jobs. 4 channels of Zaxcom wireless (3 lavs and wireless boom), and 3 ERX IFB. Additionally, I have 2 Wisycom wideband channels with the assortment of COS11-D and DPA 4060 mics. If anything, feel free to refer low-no jobs so I can bid up the equipment and labor rates. I'm going broke turning down these $350/12 all in jobs, but I figure it's time to step it up in educating production about what they can and cannot afford with their budgets. Thanks for reading, and have fun out there!
  5. Just curious. I wanted to know for any of you out there, is an aluminum pole really that bad compared to a carbon fiber pole? In my career I've only used carbon fiber because of the stigmatism of the heavy aluminum pole. I'm looking to buy a longer second pole and I am under a bit of a budget. I've seen some good products on eBay but I am skeptical of getting an aluminum pole (These are going for a cheaper price and I'm betting it's because they are less in demand.). I just wanted to know if this would be a huge mistake to even consider or is it just merely preference? I use right now a K-Tek KEG-88CC Avalon Series "Traveler. I'm upgrading my gear and would like to have a longer pole, just in case I get into that type of situation. It won't be a most of the jobs I do (ENG, "run and gun"). My currently pole goes from 1'11"-7'4". Your thought? Thanks
  6. Hi guys, I just purchase a k-202, the light boompole~ Unfortunately, I hear noise when I move the first section of the pole up and down in its longest states. But the noise is gone when I put the windscreen on. I've never met this problem with my QP4140~ Is it OK? Best regards David
  7. I got my KE-89CC a year ago and recently it has started to rattle. I took it into the guys at location sound and they checked all the knuckles and said is wasn't the pole but the cable inside. There are no knots inside the cable I already checked. He said that when the pole was extended the internal cable was stretch so tight that is was acting like a guitar string and vibrating to make the metallic rattling sound. This sounds kinda ridiculous to me cause I know the cable is coated in a material that shouldn't make a metallic banging. It rattles even if I dont extend all the way on each section. Anybody have any suggestions or ideas? I know it isn't a top of the line pole but i'd like to know what kind of lifespan other k-tek users are getting out of their poles. Also they said it would $100 to recoiled it and I would probably have to do it every couple of years...
  8. I've been using K-tek for some time now, but wanted to know of any other boom poles that would be able to extend 12ft. and over, be lightweight and have low/no noise with an internal coiled cable. Any suggestions? Thanks, Steve
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