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Old 15th June 2020
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Originally Posted by mics View Post
Don’t stress
That is perfectly normal.l
It's not only normal, but loose by design (Neumann uses this method on all of its XLR-equipped mics):
If the mic's male XLR were inflexibly fixed in one place, any time you insert the cable female even a tiny bit off-angle, the pressure on the pins would chafe the contact surfaces, removing a bit of the thin silver or gold plating.

The surface pressure on the contacts is minimized by keeping the connector loose enough to angle a bit during connecting with the cable female.

That's how Ben gets 50 years of life out of them!