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Old 14th November 2018, 10:44 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am getting ready to put together a RCA interconnect. I ordered some NEI-3001 + DG301 from Soniccraft.

3001 has 4 conductors, so the 2 red go to the tip and the 2 blue goes to the sleeve. I am not sure how to connect the shield, to the source side sleeve, or the drain side sleeve?
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Old 14th November 2018, 10:48 PM   #2
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I am not sure how to connect the shield, to the source side sleeve, or the drain side sleeve?
Usually the source end is best.
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Old 14th November 2018, 11:14 PM   #3
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I've done this before, questioning now whether the usual coax isn't better
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Old 14th November 2018, 11:16 PM   #4
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I've done this before, questioning now whether the usual coax isn't better
Expanded polyethylene dielectric, with a copper center conductor, is also good.
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Hi,

I am getting ready to put together a RCA interconnect. I ordered some NEI-3001 + DG301 from Soniccraft.

3001 has 4 conductors, so the 2 red go to the tip and the 2 blue goes to the sleeve. I am not sure how to connect the shield, to the source side sleeve, or the drain side sleeve?
Did you read the part(s) where the cable is 10.6mm diameter and the connectors accept cable up to 8mm diameter?
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Old 14th November 2018, 11:52 PM   #6
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Did you read the part(s) where the cable is 10.6mm diameter and the connectors
accept cable up to 8mm diameter?
It still may fit, the opening on connectors is often larger than that listed.
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Old 14th November 2018, 11:57 PM   #7
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Did you read the part(s) where the cable is 10.6mm diameter and the connectors accept cable up to 8mm diameter?
yes. I actually mistype. I got the DG201.

(whew..)
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It still may fit, the opening on connectors is often larger than that listed.
actually it probably won't. 2.6mm is quite a lot!
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I am not sure how to connect the shield, to the source side sleeve, or the drain side sleeve?
If it's a short interconnect (say up to 1m) there is likely to be little or no audible difference, but it is worthy of experimentation.
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yes. I actually mistype. I got the DG201.

(whew..)
Okay, you're good now with those.

As to connecting up the shield, it needs to be connected at the source end. Opinions do vary as far as connecting up the other end.

Did you ask Jeff Glowacki for his opinion on connecting up the shield. He's a good source of information.
 

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