D'Addario Classic Series Balanced XLR Cable 25'


93 out of 100. Incorporating 750+ ratings and reviews.

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Planet Waves Classic Series Balanced XLR Cable 25'

Planet Waves was acquired by popular guitar accessories manufacturer D'Addario, and it became their entry point into the cable market.

This sub brand now carries an extensive line of cables designed for specific purposes, and the Classic Series XLR cable is just one of them, especially designed for microphone use.

This XLR cable makes it to this list with its reliable operation, carrying over the same qualities that made Planet Waves instrument cables popular among musicians.


  • Length: 25’
  • Oxygen-free copper conductors
  • Nickel-plated connectors
  • Dense Shielding
  • Virtually no handling noise


Reviews consistently mention that the Classic Series XLR cable is built well. The general consensus is that the cable works nicely, and in a variety of scenarios, including stage and recording. Value for money is still the most praised trait of this cable, which when coupled with its worldwide availability makes this a strong competitor in the affordable XLR cable market.


There were a few who gave the cable a slightly lower rating without much explanation, so we can't really pinpoint any particular complaint.


If you're looking for a reliable bargain cable that will not change your sound, and comes with big brand backing, then you can consider the Planet Waves Classic Series XLR cable, however we removed it from our recommended list in November 2019 because more highly rated options had become available - you can see those in our guide to The Best XLR Cables.