Not very sexy, but necessary
With a rating of 4.5 (since it's kind of hard for me to get overly excited about under-the-hood gear) I'm not "blown away," but I'm extremely grateful to add the Ebtech LLS to my suitcase of go-to cables & power solutions. In the studio, it serves as a great vehicle - bridging various pieces of music gear in a seamless, ultra-clean fashion. Initially I thought, wow, this seems like a lot of money to spend on a rather non-sexy piece of equipment; but, I'm happy I picked it up. It's well built and is designed to withstand punishment associated with those gigs from hell. There's no degradation to sound that I can perceive (when implemented into recording sessions - where any problems are easily spotted). With that said, no problems with the Ebtech LLS.
So...don't compromise with weird, unproven cables and connectors. Trust me, one bad apple (uh, cable or connector) can jack up your recording space or live setup - and you'll apt to spend many hours tracking down the problem. The Ebtech LLS should provide you hours of decent sleep knowing you used the right equipment to help ensure pristine & clean audio. Great job, Ebtech!
Oh...and great job, Mike Arrango. It always helps to have access to Sweetwater! Knowledge is power.