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Old 16th December 2010, 06:06 AM   #1
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Default Input socket for MC corrector?

Which sockets is better to use for MM corrector?

We are designing a high-end MC corrector with unusual Soviet military tubes and LR correction. It will have transformer balanced inputs and outputs.

The question is, which sockets is better to use for inputs?

I think about 2 options: either 1 female 5-pin XLR, or 2 female 3-pin XLR sockets.

Or may be there is something more standard?
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Old 16th December 2010, 08:27 AM   #2
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Seperate connectors are more convenient when faultfinding. You can also get miniature XLR connectors or you may consider Lemo types.

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Old 16th December 2010, 08:34 AM   #3
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Whatever you choose it is going to be a problem with most commercial tonearms. If it's diy any good connector will work and a solder joint may even be the best option.
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Old 18th December 2010, 12:02 AM   #4
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How about Lemo connectors - they're very compact and come in a variety of different pin configurations. Beautifully built and extremely reliable - they aren't prohibitively expensive for this application either.
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3 pin gold or silver XLR's are common 5 pin's are in the catalog, but sometimes take months to get.

3 pins also have larger contacts with more possible contact area.
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Old 31st December 2010, 06:01 AM   #6
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thinking about highend on one side and cheap DIN-connectors on the other?? Doesn´t fit together somehow, eyyh?
As analog_sa pointed out anything different from RCA/Cinch will not fit with most tonearms. There are a few arms around that use 3-pole XLR.
If You don´t worry about compatibility then something like the Lemosa S-series or the equally excellent Fischer connectors of size 102 come to mind.
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RCA will be the most common, for 99,99% of all tonearms...

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