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Simple, dumb, but needed, which TRS?
Old 26th May 2006
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DaveH's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Simple, dumb, but needed, which TRS?

I haven’t made my own cables for over 20 years.

For those “building their own”, what male TRS connectors
are you using?

Neutrik NYS 202 (around 1.30)
Cable Mount Male TRS

Neutrik NP3X-BAG (around 3.49)
Cable Mount Male TRS

Neutrik NP3C (around 3.57)
Cable Mount Male TRS

========= for patchbays ============
Neutrik NP3TB-B (around 4.98)
Cable Mount Longframe/Patchbay

Neutrik NP3X-B (around 4.22)
Cable Mount Male TRS (Gold)

I don’t see using “gold” everywhere, but maybe
for patchbays.
(Yes, there’s the TT, TRS, Longframe, patchbay
question, but I found another thread on that).

“Patchbay 1/4" TRS: who makes the best one?”

Originally Posted by brianroth
REAL patchbays (longframes) use a slightly different jack and plug vs TRS "guitar plugs", but are far more reliable. Bri
Old 26th May 2006
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🎧 15 years
I'm doing the same thing right now.

I've used the Neutrik NP3C a lot. It seems super durable and the "strain relief" is really really good. But they're hard to solder because the tabs are so close together.
I think markertek has these for about $2.89 (maybe $2.79 after you buy 25)

I've also used the NYS 202's also, and I certainly don't hear any difference between the two. I just got a couple new patch bays and need to make a bunch of patch cables. I chose to order the NYS 202's because they're less than half of everything else, I can't tell the difference in sound, they're easier to solder, and I felt like they click better in my patch-bay. Other TRS' work fine, but these just felt like they clicked and sat better. Anyway, I'm sure my patch cables will go bad sooner because they don't have the strain relief like the other Neutriks, but I'll just try to pull on the jacks and not the cords.
Old 27th May 2006 | Show parent
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I like Neutrik for everything but TRS and TS 1/4"

For that I still like Switchcraft.

I don't remember the number of the new style Neutriks, but I still didn't like working with them as much as with the Switchcraft.

The strain relief in the Switchcraft is pretty bulletproof if you do it right, and you can use 1/4" or slightly larger heat shrink tubing over the whole deal, right up to the threads, and it'll be really damn tough to destroy.

Most cables I've terminated that way, if they go bad, it's not at the plug usually.

I sometimes put heat shrink over the outer metal case, too, kinda like the guitar cables you get from guitar stores.
Old 27th May 2006 | Show parent
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Thanks for info, and your time.

Jonk, Heads up on lower price for markertek helps.
Never heard of NYS 202’s before.

max, looking into switccraft now.
(Used tons of switchcraft stuff years ago).

Thanks for info on heat shrink with size.
I will be taking the time to do this.
Old 27th May 2006 | Show parent
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Markertek doesn't have the NYS 202's, but redco does.
Old 28th May 2006 | Show parent
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The neutriks I'm familiar with are inappropriate for use with a patchbay because their bodies are too wide. Switchcraft 297s are better for packing in together side by side, as is necessary on a patchbay.
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