Hi all -
I've been researching making some DB25 connections for my studio setup, but still have some questions. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. Background
MY studio is currently wired up with (6) 8-channel boxes that use Gepco 8ch 24AWG Snake Cable, all terminating at my desk into a 3 space panel of 48 xlr + combos + TRS D-series connectors. It all works like a charm, but with 6 8ch snake cables running around the room and soldered into the terminating ends, it's very unwieldy to move things around or grab a panel and do any work on it.
I've thought about wiring the back of each panel with DB25 female connections, and then outfitting the 8ch cable runs with male DB25 on both ends. This would allow me to easily disconnect any panel from the run and then work on it in a much easier way. My Questions
1. Is there any issue with running phantom power through DB25? (I think the answer is the usual "No, but be careful about what you're sending phantom power too;" but just want to be sure.
2. I've decided to do crimp-style pins instead of soldering a bunch of DB25 pins. But I'm at a loss of exactly which pins/connectors/hoods I should get. I see so many options out there, but want to make sure that what I get is appropriate for audio. Can someone point me to the right pins, etc and a good retailer for them?
3. Crimp tools - this is where I really get confused. I've read that the Sargent 3137CT crimp tool is the best/easiest for the job, but it's also fairly pricey for my needs. I see a lot of options out there for D-Sub crimp tools (Paladin, etc) and I don't know if any of these will work, or if I need special dies or what. Does anyone have advice on a reasonably priced crimper and any die or attachment I would need to make the DB25's?
Thanks for everyone's help. I have researched the site and read all the previous DB25 posts, but I'm still a little confused...