So to the other folks that were talking about the tip or ring shorting to ground against the shell of the plug, yes, I was getting this happening as well. Seems some of the insulators that go over the solder points are not long enough to cover the tip and ring solder tabs. Solution is to shrink wrap over the solder tabs. Have reported this to monoprice and hopefully they'll address it in future manufacturing runs. These aren't as nice as the switchcraft version, but they're better than the NYS version, and priced nicely!
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.
I purchased about 60 of these for a new building PA system setup. These are nice and sturdy, looking like they will last a long time!
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.
I've used roughly 1/2 dozen of these for various convenience cabling purposes, nearly always a line level balanced signal rather than headphones. They have yet to fail, are easy to use, look and sound fine.
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
I've been doing a bunch of "custom" wiring in my modest home-recording setup, and these little guys have been great. I actually prefer working with them to the Neutrik. I've been able to make my own cables and wire up my gear for a fraction of what it would have cost to purchase the pre-assembled cables. The design seems simple and solid, and they are easy to solder.
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.
For the cost this is a great 1/4" plug. Easy to solder, built like the Switchcraft plugs (same cable clamp for example) and has good heat insulation between the tabs. Once they are finished it felt a little loose within it self, it fit into the 1/4" jacks fine. Happy.
I really enjoy using these connectors. I purchased 24 of them to use as replacement connectors for a snake I use for my outboard gear. They look and feel amazing and generally speaking are great to solder to. My only minor gripe is that the holes in the tip and ring solder tags are too small. Even when using 24 guage Gepco cable my conductors were too large to go through once tinned. Again, that's an easy work-around and minor issue, and outside of that they're wonderful connectors. I will be ordering more.
PROS: Contruction, Feel, Look, Price
CONS: Tip and sleeve holes could be a little larger to acomodate through-hole soldering.
We needed something to replace the 350 plugs on speakers that were breaking and not holding up to some rather rigorous use. We chose this jack from Mono Price to deliver the quality and stamina we needed, and we have not been disappointed.
PROS: None, this is a high quality solder on connector.