In the olden (predigital) days, “hands-on” engineers often built their own multichannel audio harnesses and snakes then connected new equipment.
Those were the days before audio became “data.” Now multichannel IP-based audio can handle hundreds of channels across a handful of digital cables connected to “servers.” Things are more complicated and no longer easily solved by a soldering iron. Cat-5 and Cat-6 cables don’t like solder.
Cables Unlimited, a company that stocks most any cable imaginable, offers a service to assemble data center rackmount equipment for clients. That includes all of the cable connections and networking hardware required. The final product is then shipped to the client’s site and, according to a release, “100 percent tested … and warrantied.”