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Question regarding XLR hot pin standards

Am I right in thinking that the UK and US now share the same standard for wiring in XLR cables (ie both have pin 2 as hot), so that if I buy some XLR based equipment from the US (new product not vintage) to work with my UK stuff, it'll all be fine and I won't need specially wired cabling?.
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The US has been standardised on pin-2 hot for very many years - ever since the international standard came out.

However - some equipment did not adhere to the standard and was pin-3 hot for quite a few years. However, I think this stopped 10 or 20 years ago, though someone from the US will need to confirm this.
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Am I right in thinking that the UK and US now share the same standard for wiring in XLR cables (ie both have pin 2 as hot), so that if I buy some XLR based equipment from the US (new product not vintage) to work with my UK stuff, it'll all be fine and I won't need specially wired cabling?.
The cables should be fine, pin to pin..
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The AES standard has always been pin 2 hot. Otari always used to be pin 3,
and I think Ampex might have been as well. All mic manufacturers used
2 hot, except for the ones who used Teuchel or Cannon U3 connectors.
Most consoles have seemed to be 2 high as well. Today I don't see very much
pin 3 hot equipment.
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ok so I shouldn't have any worries, phew!. thanks
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