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6.3mm (1/4 inch) Stereo Plug, Black Shell, Gold Plated OD:7.5MM
This is a high quality 1/4" TRS plug for use with bulk microphone or instrument cabling. The three-conductor plug allows you to carry unbalanced stereo signals or balanced mono signals. It features a gold plated connector tip, a metal connector body, and a spring-style strain relief boot at the base of the connector body.
PROS: Inexpensive, good quality, spring relief is a nice touch.
CONS: inner insulation sleeve is not long enough on some of the plugs. Fine if you shrinkwrap the connector.
PROS: Very solid construction, pretty easy to use
CONS: the relief spring/boot is very nearly too small to fit over Monoprice's premium mic cable. it takes some real prodding to get it in. Which, of course, makes it a very tight fit once it is there - maybe that should be a pro?
The dimple on the back for soldering the ground cable really ought to be a full-on hole it's pretty tough to solder. I ended up drilling them out with a 3/32" bit, which made my life much easier.
For these "pros" prefer to pay a few more bucks and get the switchcraft of neutrik parts. But for 1/2 the cost these are circa 90% of the quality. The quality aspects are apparent in the weight and feel, and that the internal connections are stamped and not plated in the same way as the external (gold plated) parts.
For almost every purpose the limiting factor will be how well you prepare/solder/etc. In other words the termination quality. So if you are price sensitive, use these with impunity instead of the others. If you are feeling audiophilic, check out canare's most excellent F-16 part - but be prepared to spend $5 each, and these are not gold plated. Another choice for audiophilic folk are the neutric gold plate.
I would really like to see a right-angle version, for uses where access is limited and to avoid strain on the cable in many cases.
PROS: Easy to terminate/solder
Results look good and work well
Good durability, gold plated connectors
Price 1/2 of comparable neutrik or switchcraft parts
CONS: Not all aspects of quality and durability are top notch
No right-angle version
PROS: price. performance.
CONS: If you use the monoprice mic cable, the little metal springy ends supplied with the TRS connector are really too small diameter to fit over the cable. Also, the little holes where you slip the wires through are pretty small. I've cursed a couple times, but it always worked out in the end.
PROS: Looks and feels solid. Easy to solder.
CONS: Couple felt like a loose fit.
PROS: Amazing price! Does what is expected
PROS: Contruction, Feel, Look, Price
CONS: Tip and sleeve holes could be a little larger to acomodate through-hole soldering.
PROS: None, this is a high quality solder on connector.
PROS: Awesome cables!