RoXdon R9000-6 Neutrik / Van Damme Starquad 6 meter XLR Studio Microphone lead


RoXdon R9000-6 Neutrik / Van Damme Starquad 6 meter XLR Studio Microphone lead


RoXdon R9000 series Professional Leads have been manufactured using the finest components available and are suitable for high quality Studio Microphones.

Featuring the highest quality Neutrik NC3 XX-B  Gold Plated contacts, XLR Plugs and Sockets.

The cable is top of the range Van Damme Starquad Oxygen Free Copper, braided screened 4-core cable.

Van Damme Classic starquad is used for balanced analogue audio applications in areas of high electronic interference. It has better rejection of EMI (electromagnetic interference) and RFI (radio frequency interference) than conventional twisted pair microphone cables, and is the analogue standard for the outside broadcast industry. In addition the tightly packed construction and 98% coverage braided screen used by Van Damme for this cable make for a mechanically excellent cable more than capable of standing up to the rigours of Professional use.


This cable now uses a mixture of Ultra Pure Silver Plated Oxygen Free Copper and Ultra Pure Oxygen Free Copper for its conductors. As with the ultra pure oxygen free copper used in other Van Damme Cables ‘solderability’ and conductivity are much improved. The additional advantage of UPSPOFC is that silver is approximately 5% less resistive than copper. High frequencies, which gravitate to the outside of the conductor due to the skin effect, are conducted slightly more efficiently than the lower frequencies which tend to saturate the UPOFC conductor. In addition silver is less susceptible to corrosion than copper and so the plating offers a protective barrier between the conductor and the insulation or free air.

Cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) is used for the conductor insulation. Although considerably more expensive than conventional polyethylene it offers distinct advantages over other insulation materials. XLPE has a low dielectric constant (2.2 at 1KHz), essential for minimising high frequency signal losses, and is stable at high temperatures. This temperature stability ensures that the insulation material resists shrink back during the soldering process. It has good abrasion and stress-cracking resistance yet remains flexible down to - 40 degrees C. XLPE also is less environmentally damaging than other insulation materials as it releases carbon dioxide and water during combustion with no halogen emission. The term starquad refers to the construction method used for this type of cable.

Four insulated conductors are tightly twisted together with natural textile fillers and overlaid with an anti-static paper separator. The overall braided screen uses 128 strands of 0.10mm tinned copper giving 98% coverage and unsurpassed screening and mechanical strength. The overall jacket is anti abrasion PVC/neoprene composite which is tough yet flexible even in sub zero temperatures. The four inner conductors of this cable are colour coded white (2) and blue (2). To maximise the cable’s resistance to interference the 2 white conductors should both be connected to the hot (+ve) signal and the 2 blue conductors should both be connected to the cold (-ve) signal.

Mechanical pair specifications

Conductor Material    Bare silver plated ultra pure free copper wire  
  Stranding   7 x 0.08mm  
  Material   Bare ultra pure oxygen free copper wire  
  Stranding   32 x 0.08mm  
Insulation Material   Cross linked polyethylene (XLPE)  
  Diameter   1.35mm ± 0.10  
  Colour coding   2 x white 2 x blue  
Screen Type   128 x 0.10mm braided tinned oxygen free copper wire  
      98% optical coverage  

Electrical pair specifications

  Description Unit of measurement Actual result  
Resistance Ohm/km  
Conductor   93.2
Shield   23.5
Insulation Mohm/km <1200
Capacitance pF/m  
Core to core   50 average
Core to shield   94.6
Test voltage  Volt 1000v/min no cracks

Overall jacket properties

Jacket Material Flexible PVC/neoprene composite  
  Overall diameter 6.00mm  
  Tensile strength 0.85Kg/mm2  
  Elongation >250%  
  Heat shock 120 °Cx h no cracks  
  Temp Range -10 to +60 degrees C  
Cable Cable Weight kg/km 65kg


Star Quad is a type of cable construction used to minimise interference with Balanced Lines. This includes interference both to and from external sources, and interference between adjacent circuits within the quad.

A star quad cable consists of 4 cores tightly twisted together. Both single and multiple quads exist and they commonly have an overall screen: the screen is not essential to quad operation. It is normal for individual cores to be thinner than an equivalent pair.

A single circuit uses opposite cores of the quad, connected in parallel, to form a single balanced pair. The quad arrangement gives a magnetically coaxial structure and the compact, short lay-length allows any induced interference to be more accurately cancelled at a differential input. The cable inductance is also halved and this tends to extend the HF limit in low impedance circuits such as microphone runs. Improvements in interference reduction of the order of 20 dB are often found compared to a standard twisted pair.

It is important that opposing cores are used to make each leg of the balanced pair otherwise the interference rejection will be compromised.


The correct cores to use can be determined by examination of the cable. The red cores should make one leg and the black cores, the other.


Manufacturers are not consistent about their colours for the cores. The following is a guide for some popular cable suppliers but it is best to identify the cores independently.


XLR Pin Function BBC Van Damme Canare Gotham Belden Mogami
1 Ground Screen Screen Screen Screen Screen Screen
2 High Red + Blue White + White White + White Red + Pink White + White/Blue Red + Blue
3 Low Green + White Blue + Blue Blue + Blue White + Ivory or Yellow Blue + Blue/White Black + Clear