By Mike Riley on Wed, 03/06/2013
Most audiophiles and budding musicians can recall a panic-ridden episode with a missing audio cable, ending in a speed run to the local music store to find a cable or adaptor to connect to their amplifier or mixing board. IK Multimedia's iLine Mobile Music Cables ($59.99) intend to make those situations a thing of the past. iLine is a package of mobile music cables designed to hook your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or standard jack audio device into a variety of audio input and output devices.
The package comes with six different connectors, including a mono output adapter, an input output extension, a standard stereo aux cable, a 3.5mm stereo headphone splitter, an RCA output adapter, and a mono output splitter.
The cables can be used separately or strung together to traverse a particularly gnarly setup, are color-coded, and hold up extremely well in even rugged stage conditions.
All the plugs are plated in 24K gold to prevent oxidization and to maintain solid connectivity. Each cable's high-density shielding protects the low-capacitance insulation that protects the high-purity copper conductors within.
These cables are not your cheesy spare parts bin throwaways, but rather are high-quality connectors you’d be bummed to accidentally leave behind at a gig or mix party. Also included in the package is a vinyl carrying case that is more like a sleeve with pockets to fit each wrapped cable.
In addition to the iLine cable bundle, IK Multimedia also sells the cables individually. But given the variability of speakers, amplifiers, and other audio devices, I suggest spending the money for the full package. If you use your iOS device for party mixes, performances, or jamming with friends, you will undoubtedly use each of the included cables at least once in your sonic engagements.
IK Multimedia manufactured this product seriously. The high-quality construction combined with the thoughtful combination of mono and stereo adapters shows how in tune the company is with its customer base. If you're already using other IK Multimedia iOS hardware products like iRig KEYS, and iRig MIX, iLine is a perfect compliment.
The only thing not included I’d have liked to see is a 3.5mm stereo splitter with male ends versus the female ends in the headphone splitter. While it's not a deal breaker (simply pair the headphone splitter cable with two stereo aux cables), I’ve run into a need for such a cable several times.
So if you're looking for a high-quality audio cable collection with decent variety and thoughtful design, I recommend taking a closer look at IK Multimedia's iLine Mobile Music Cables.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars