I've been buying mic, guitar, and other cables for years. I've bought and used the least expensive cables up to monsters and maganmi. I bought this as a replacement for one of the cheaper ones that I acquired over the years. I must say that I was impressed before I even tested it out. This company uses high quality gold-plated locking connectors as opposed to the standard silver ones. Also, the cable itself seems to have a lower gauge (more thickness) than the majority of others. This is good because the thicker the cable, the lower chance of a bad connection or short. I cannot guarantee that it's the wires themselves that are thicker since I haven't opened it up and probably never will. ( its possible that they just thew an extra layer of insulation inside). Either way, I've used it now with no problems and will continue to buy in the future.