Behringer CT100 cable tester: The Unsung Hardware Hero for any Studio

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I. Introduction

As we all know, cables are the unsung heroes of any recording setup. Without them, signals can’t be transmitted from microphones, instruments, or outboard gear to our mixing consoles or DAWs. Cable failures or malfunctions can cause unwanted noise, dropouts, or even complete signal loss, which can result in costly downtime for studios. That’s why it’s important to have a cable tester on hand to quickly diagnose and fix any issues. The Behringer CT100 cable tester is a versatile and affordable option that claims to be able to test a variety of cable types and connectors, when I originally purchased it I didn’t think much of it. Now, after owning it for a few years and having it save my ass many times over I am thinking of buying another one, just to have a backup and because I like the thing so much.

II. Features

The Behringer CT100 has a variety of features that make it stand out from other cable testers on the market. It can test single cables, installed cables, and test tones, and has connectivity options for XLR, TRS, RCA, MIDI, 1/8″, TT cables. The CT100 also has LED indicators for signal status and continuity, and a built-in battery tester to check the power level of 9V batteries. All of these features are easily accessed via a simple, user-friendly interface.

III. Performance

I’ve been using the Behringer CT100 in a real-world studio environment for a few years now and it’s a breeze to use. The CT100 accurately detected any faults or connectivity issues in the cables I tested, and the LED indicators made it easy to quickly diagnose the problem. I was impressed with the CT100’s speed in delivering results, as it was able to test multiple cables in just a few minutes.

IV. Pros and Cons

Overall, I found the Behringer CT100 to be a useful and convenient tool for any recording studio. Here are some of its pros and cons:


• Versatile connectivity options

• Built-in battery tester

• Affordable price point

• Simple user interface


• Potential for false positives or negatives, particularly with older or damaged cables

• Somewhat flimsy construction, which may not hold up to heavy use or frequent transport

V. Comparison to Other Cable Testers

I haven’t had the opportunity to compare this item to any other testers on the market but to be perfectly honest, this thing covers every plausible scenario I could think and it only costs about $30. I’m always a bit concerned about behringer’s reputation for quality control, but I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s still working flawlessly.

VI. Conclusion

Every studio should have a cable tester. The amount of time this thing has saved me in troubleshooting signal issues has paid for itself many times over. The CT100’s versatility, user-friendly interface, and built-in battery tester make it a convenient and useful addition to any studio’s toolkit. While some may claim it not to be the most durable or accurate cable tester on the market, I can’t see any need for a more fancy setup. It may sound weird to say this, just having it sitting on my shelf in my studio gives me a lot of comfort knowing I don’t have to worry about lost time due to signal issues and it has become one of the most welcome additions to my studio, hands down.

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