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Best way to isolate non-isolated RCAs?

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I cut and drilled the top plate for my new project and am almost ready to fire up the soldering iron! But first a question.

One of the goals of this project was to try and work with what I had in the parts boxes and what was in the boxes were some uninsulated RCA jacks I'll use for inputs (only 2, I'll be using a "passive preamp" for source switching). I would prefer not having the input jacks "grounded" to the chassis. Does anyone have any good suggestions for isolating those 2 jacks or am I going to have to break down and purchase isolated jacks?

BTW the jacks mount from the outside with a 1/4" hole. My top plate is 1/8" aluminum so there isn't a ton of "extra" length sticking through.

Thanks for any ideas!
 
There are a few ways to proceed. The method I use for a pair of RCAs is to drill the holes out to half an inch or so, then fashion an insulating backer board with 4 mounting holes for screws and two 1/4" holes for the RCA jacks. The plastic board can be unclad PCB or (if you want it to look fancier) some 1/8-3/16" Lucite. This isn't elegant, but it can be done with a minimum of tools.
 
I have a stash of insulating washers for a variety of jacks. E-mail me the dimension, and I'll look to see if any will work for you.

If that won't work...........

I have a stash of triple insulated jacks, in a vertical stack. Red,white, yellow style........the kind you see for video. You can have some if you are in a bind. No promise on how they sound, but they are insulated.


Jocko
 
Thanks for all the replies!

My thoughts were sort of drifting in the direction of Sy's solution. I have a sheet of black Acrylic, a sheet of plexiglas and a sheet of 1/8" clear lexan. Should be a piece of cake to mount below the chassis.

I looked in the 'ol parts bin and it appears I have a dozen or so of these non-isolated RCAs so I may also look at the other solutions for future projects.
 
Jocko Homo said:
I have a stash of insulating washers for a variety of jacks..

If that won't work...........

I have a stash of triple insulated jacks, in a vertical stack. Red,white, yellow style...


Thanks for the offer Jocko! I am constantly impressed at the generosity of people on this forum! I think I'm going to go with mounting the jacks in a piece of acrylic in keeping with the "do it with spare parts" theme.

So far the PTX is my only "real" purchase for this project. (I did also re-stock my resistor drawers but since those will also be used in future projects that doesn't count does it? :D )
 
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