Originally Posted by nathanvacha
Are the dt12's thought to be more durable?
any reason they're so expensive?
DT-12 connectors and the Whirlwind W4 are really good 12-pairs. The DT-12 is Mil-spec, its incredibly rugged. They are both SIGNIFICANTLY more durable, the DT-12 being the MOST durable multipin connector made to date (for line or mic level balanced audio, as opposed to the SocaPex for mutichannel high voltage.)
Steve's suggestions are right on the money. Dsubs are HORRID connections. REALLY, they suck. You don't want to consider Dsub, be it a 25 or 37 pin, for a stage box or mult run. You'd be much better off with a connected stage box if you want to save money. But please, don't think you can use a d-sub connector as a working connector, you will only live to regret it. It's an incredibly flimsy connector that is hard to keep made, and was never intended for the uses it sees today. You'd be just as foolish to try and make an Adat or Toslink stage box. One shoe, and it's all over!