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How do they stack up? The Hosa IRG-100.5 Low Profile vs the Audioblast HQ-1

Music Critic review products for professionals and enthusiasts, and are designed to help making a choice easier. The team take this task very seriously - two products enter, but only one can leave. This article is part of a series called Top 10 Best Patch Cables for Instruments, Pedals & More

Contestant number one is the Hosa IRG-100.5 Low Profile. Ok, we get it. Sometimes you just don’t have the money to spend $25 on an instrument cable that’s tinier than you ever thought a cable could be. Or maybe you have the money but can’t be bothered to spend a lot of money on something you only ever use once in a while. Or maybe, if you’re a beginner, you might not even know how long you will actually keep using your guitar pedals before they’re up in the attic with your old skates, your painting stuff and your sewing machine that you never use anymore either.

Next up is the Audioblast HQ-1. Looking for a bargain that will exceed all your expectations? Yes, you’re right, who isn’t? Perhaps Audioblast HQ-1 could be the cable for you? They come in packs of 6 and are really affordable. Almost suspiciously affordable… Sometimes when we see products that are really cheap, but the maker still says that they are of professional quality, we really doubt it, but read this quote from Audioblast themselves:


Examining the Hosa IRG-100.5 Low Profile

That’s where Hosa IRG-100.5 Low Profile enters the picture. This cable is very affordable and does the job without breaking the bank. Sure, your sound is not going to be as great as if you would use more expensive effects pedal cables, but if you are looking for a bargain, then this is the way to go.


HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Hosa IRG-100.5 Low Profile Audioblast HQ-1
KEY FEATURES
+ Cheap, but still pretty good
+ Low-profile
+ Right-angle

+ Very affordable
+ Works well
+ 5-year warranty
+ Nice clarity
+ Extremely flexible

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
If you found this list in search for a cheap cable that does what it says on the box, but you’re not super picky at the moment, then this might be an option for you. Still, we want you to be aware that most often the saying ‘You get what you pay for’ tends to be true, which is also the case with patch cables. Still, the design is really good and will allow your pedals to be really close together, which leaves more room on your pedal board. There is really nothing to lose! If you want to find quality cables that do what it says on the box, and that are really cheap, these are the ones to go for! They even come with a 5-year warranty, which we don’t think Audioblast would have offered if they weren’t any good.


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