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soundNERD 17th April 2005 08:11 PM

Assembling Neutrik Connectors
 
I have some of the Neutrik D series XLR panel connectors.

They come disassembled and are two seperate parts. One is the case and the other is the connector that is supposed to be able to be locked into the case. Key word: supposed to.

I can't figure out how to get it locked in. I see the latch, and all neutrik's website says to do is use a screwdriver. But they don't say what to do.

Does anybody know how to lock these things together?

Thanks!
-Mike

Netlist 17th April 2005 08:21 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Picture is of a different XLR but it might help you locate the screw.

/Hugo :)

opc 17th April 2005 08:27 PM

XLR solution
 
Hi Mike,

I used the exact same connectors on my BZLS linestage and had a similar problem to yours.

The concept of the connector is really good, but the latching mechanism is rather poor. What i did for mine was used a pretty small precision screwdriver (2mm tip) and a pair of pliers to turn it.

Look at the connector from the front, and slide the screwdriver into the small circuilar keyhole looking thing in the centre of the connector. Hold it there and grip the screwdriver with the pliers to turn it in a clockwise direction. You don't need to turn it much to have it lock in, maybe a tenth of a full rotation. Be gentle with it, as you may damage the screwdriver or the slot. You'll feel it when you have it locked!

Good luck with them, and hopefully this helped somewhat. They're a pain in the **** to get on, but they're an excellent connector once they're in place!

Cheers,

Owen C.

(By the way, why did you chose these connectors? I used mine because they needed to be directly PCB mounted, but I can't think of any other reason for them)

sek 17th April 2005 09:56 PM

Re: Assembling Neutrik Connectors
 
Hi Mike,

Quote:

Originally posted by soundNERD
I can't figure out how to get it locked in. I see the latch, and all neutrik's website says to do is use a screwdriver. But they don't say what to do.
The 'latch' can be turned clockwise (about 1/4 to 1/2 turn) to lock the plastic pin carrier into the metal mouting flange.

But it's important to have the plastic part fully inserted and aligned without bending. Actually, the Neutrik plugs are tight fits, but I once experienced the same as the above poster(s).

Once you've figured out how to put the two parts together (practice dry, simply with the parts in your hand) you'll find out that the latch can be locked and unlocked all day long without trouble or wearing, just using a small screwdriver.

Sebastian ;)

soundNERD 17th April 2005 11:28 PM

Thanks I will try that.

The reason I used these were to match the RCA connectors on the back of my 3875 amp. I have the preamp (LM833) in a seperate enclosure, and I'm using these to give the preamp power from the amp PSU so it doesn't need another PSU and so it turns on with the amp. The three connectors are perfect, and they were clearly the right choice to me over a 3-prong headphone jack.

I'll show a picture of it all when finished.

Thanks for the help!

soundNERD 18th April 2005 01:28 AM

Hmm, when I twist the screwdriver clockwise, it turns the wrong way, and when I twist it counter clockwise, nothing happens.

Any Ideas what I'm doing wrong?

OK, I finally got it. Took 15 minutes and 10 screwdrivers until I got one that worked!

sek 18th April 2005 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by soundNERD
OK, I finally got it. Took 15 minutes and 10 screwdrivers until I got one that worked!
Had my description been wrong? Neutrik might have used different latch mechanics over time and among the many types.

soundNERD 18th April 2005 08:47 PM

nope, you were right. I was just using too large of a screwdriver the whole time. I ended up having to twist the latch as far as I could and then stick the screwdriver into the top of the connector and push it the rest of the distance over.

Netlist 18th April 2005 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by soundNERD
nope, you were right. I was just using too large of a screwdriver the whole time. I ended up having to twist the latch as far as I could and then stick the screwdriver into the top of the connector and push it the rest of the distance over.
I you tried with the type of screwdriver in my picture I'm sorry if I confused you.
Nevertheless, the last mentioned method is correct.

/Hugo :)

soundNERD 18th April 2005 09:25 PM

No, I didn't use that kind. I used a small eyeglass screwdriver.

thanks again!

-Mike


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