I expected that these days you wouldn't need to pay the earth for something that functions adequately, so I opted for 5 of these cables. I noticed they were a bit stiff to say the least, getting them to plug into my Audix microphones, but they wouldn't go all the way into my i5 Audix at all, and if you forced it it was then extremely difficult to pull out. I didn't worry too much about it until I realised that I couldn't rely on it to give me a signal - sometimes it would work, sometimes not. Initially I assumed it was the microphone so I took it back to Audioclear. Straight away the very helpful repair guy there plugged it in to several cables of different makes without any problem whatsoever - no stiffness or tight fit at all. He said that with cheaper cables the casting and finishing can be a bit rough and that I should check my cables for surface imperfections on the outside of the plug. I did this, and tried gently filing the surface to reduce its diameter slightly and remove any roughness. It took about ten minutes until eventually I got it to plug into the microphone properly. Obviously this shouldn't be necessary - I communicated with RayGar who had supplied them and got a very curt message saying that they had never had an issue before - hardly understanding or helpful, let alone offering any recompense. Audioclear recommended such manufacturers as Switchcraft and Cannon. Of course there may be something I've missed here, but the lesson to be learned seems clear.