The consumer world has become obsessed with wireless technology, and that's something that is slowly creeping into the pro audio and lighting industry. The ability to broadcast audio, fly lighting and even control our music through wireless resources is a reality. Unfortunately, wiring is and, for a long time, will be a part of our setups. Cable management can be a time-consuming, frustrating task that adds to the overall workload. Thankfully, we've got some epic cables that seem to make our lives just a little bit easier.
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1. This Multi-Outlet Power Cord
Plant this cord through your lighting truss or taped down along a wall, and you've turned 6 extension cords into one. The PDX series from Hosa features multiple outlets, evenly spread apart, cutting your cord running time in half, and keeping your setup clean. Ah, clean cabling... Get them here.
2. This Piggyback Power Cord
One of our favorite solutions for daisy chaining power. The Hosa PWD-402 from connects to an extension cord. Plug the power into the back of your speaker, or light where you didn't have an additional outlet, and voila! Another edison jack. This is perfect for running power to both a sub and a speaker top without having to run two long power cables. Get it here.
3. This Locking Wall Wart Unit
Let me guess, wall warts, you hate 'em, right? Limited real estate in the power department at many venues can cause headaches for anyone with several bulky wall warts. Thanksfully, there's the Furman PlugLock to save the day. Protected with its own circuit breaker, the PlugLock can rock up to 12 amps of power for your wall warts. The locking clamps hold your warts firmly in place, so no more of those annoying fallouts. Get it here.
4. This Power Y Cable
When you've got lots of lighting, you want to save space. Period. The Hosa YIE-406 is a power splitter to help you combine two power cords to one. This is an excellent solution if you've got two lights sitting right next to each other. Get it here.