Hey all..just to update .. I have played a couple real gigs with no problems since finding that broken B1 cable. I have also played just about every day in my little studio with no problems. In fact I think the sound is better. The positive aspect of this
broken B1 journey was a re visiting of all my guitar/vocal set ups. On the vocal side I spent time and went through every preset and much to my surprise I found the sm58 preset to my liking. On the guitar side I sat down with my xtlive and changed a few settings much to my liking. Yes, it took time and patience. When there are so many different choices it is worth it to experiment.
I don't know why the B1 cable broke like that. I do know it was not from musician abuse. If it happened to me then it could most likely happen to someone else. I almost sent my power stand back to bose ( a major undertaking for me ) if I didn't find the problem. All that stress/work when it was just a broken little cable..go figure..
For me I believe the cable was defected from the manufacture point of origin.
Here is some interesting reading from the Neutrik websiteNeutrik website
Neutrik warns on Speakon counterfeiting (2007-05-02)
Neutrik AG announces that following recent raids in China, they continue to pursue those involved with manufacturing, importing or distributing of counterfeit Neutrik products. The most recent operation conducted in China happened on March 28, 2007.
Neutrik is warning that the problem of fake goods does not apply only to finished products. The component market is also being hit by far eastern counterfeiters, and Neutrik's proprietary Speakon connectors has been a prime target for some year.
Norbert Nachbauer, Marekting Director of Neutrik, adds, "We'll get complaints from people saying that they have a plug and it goes into our jack or a brand name product and it doesn't work. Because they see your brand, you're the first person they call."It's not an insignificant problem for Neutrik's customer support: "It's a few phone calls every day, usually. We have to go through a lot of time and effort, and 99% of the time it's not our problem. It's usually a knockoff or an offshore, similar-type product that didn't meet the (right) specifications."Bachmann explains that because the fake components are made of lower grade materials and often to incorrect manufacturing tolerances, connections may not be secure, leading to loss of audio quality and, over time, breakdowns. Fakes will typically use inferior metals, adds Nachbauer, leading to corrosion, oxide deposits and wear. Unlike Neutrik's hard gold contacts, he points out, "A lot of the products that you get particularly from Asian countries use soft gold. That will wear very quickly, and all of a sudden you're down to whatever they utilise as an under-plate. We find also that [knockoffs] break easier when they get stepped on or when they get dropped. They bend and snap easier than metals that we utilise, because the castings aren't as thick, or the screw machining isn't out of the same brass or copper material that we or other brand name connector manufacturers use."Some customers have suffered as a result of using knockoffs. "We've had people experience some severe problems," remarks Bachmann, "where they have blown out their speakers or their amplifiers and arcing has been caused. No one has been seriously injured that we're aware of, but we've seen boxes utilizing knockoffs of that product where the power overheated the box so much that it burned the wood on the back and melted the connector. Dancing Dog Muse