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Cliff – Airtight XLR sockets and high-current jack plugs address longstanding problemsOct 12 2012 - Switches, Relays & Onboard [More Switches, Relays & Onboard Articles]
Cliff Electronics has introduced two new innovative connector products which offer pro-audio manufacturers and live music producers solutions to longstanding problems.
A new family of airtight XLR sockets has been developed primarily for active loudspeaker manufacturers which are common in studio monitoring and similar hi-fidelity audio applications.
Air leakage from conventional connectors is recognised as an acoustic problem in high quality loudspeaker design, particularly the ‘infinite baffle’ types often found in recording studio and broadcast applications.
The new airtight XLR connecter family provides a cost and labour-saving solution to possible air leakage affecting speaker fidelity. The new connectors are inherently gas tight and supplied with a flange sealing gasket which promotes an efficient seal between the flange and mounting panel further helping to seal the mounting holes. The airtight XLR and its gasket are designed for both front and rear panel mounting and are available in 3 pin horizontal PCB, vertical PCB and solder bucket versions.
The second new connector is the Cliffcon quarter-inch JumboJack plug which provides stage performers a solution to the problem of connecting high-current carrying, large section audio cables to conventional quarter-inch audio jack plugs.
In many professional sound installations it will be necessary to link equipment with low resistance cables, e.g. amplifier to loudspeaker connection; such cables tend to have large cross-section conductors. The new Cliffcon quarter-inch JumboJack plug can accept cable diameters of up to 15mm while still allowing these large diameter cables to be connected to conventional quarter-inch jack plug contacts. The Cliffcon quarter-inch JumboJack is available with both straight and right angled robust ergonomic body shells ensuring easy handling and fitting of cables. Connection is via screw type cable clamps and features integral cable strain-relief grommet which may be adapted to suit the size of the cable diameter being used, says the company.
John Hall, general manager, Cliff Electronics, said: “We have been innovators in the music industry since the boom in amplified music in the 1970′s. We are major suppliers to all the main amplifier and loudspeaker manufacturers and work closely with them in to provide UK designed and manufactured connector solutions.”More news from Cliff Electronics