XLR Cable Adapters

Electronics today can seem to be little more than a just a jumble of electrical cords and cables. Because of the sheer number of different cables and connectors, choosing the right one can be tricky and difficult. Basically, cables vary with gauge number and with the conductor type that is used. The gauge number is what determines the conductor size, that is to say, the lower gauge number denotes higher conductor properties. Different types of conductors include the shielded audio cable, phono connector, twisted-pair audio cable, optical connector, coaxial cable, phone connector, optical digital audio cable and the XLR connector cable.

An XLR cable adapter is a model of electric conductors. XLR sockets and plugs are utilized usually in professional video and audio electronics as cabling applications, for instance, microphones. These plugs, while similar to older and more compact DIN connectors, are not compatible physically to be used with them.

Originally created as the connector for the Canon “X Series”, XLR connectors fit most of the demands of the audio parts community. While this plug did not latch, it could be easily unplugged. The makers then added a latch after rearranging the pins. This new version of the connector was deemed the Cannon “XL Series”. Later, the makers added a flexible rubber compound. The newer female version was denoted the Canon “XLR Series”.

The Canon “XLR Series” connector was soon the industry standard, and its design was followed by almost every connector manufacturer. In 1982 it became the AES standard. As these connectors are among the most common audio connectors used, they are found in almost all audio equipment. XLR connection cables are used in speakers, microphones, equalizers, compressors, etc. When purchasing a XLR connector cable, buyers may follow a few simple steps:

It is first important to know what you are looking for. A buyer should first familiarize themselves with the XLR connector. One should remember that the pins are triangularly arranged. Also the male connector is the one with the pins at the end, where as the female XLR connector is the one with the holes. Because, unlike other audio cables, the XLR connector is not the exact same on both ends of the adaptor, it is important before purchase to actually know which connector is required by your equipment, the male connector or the female connector.

For a person who uses a lot of audio equipment or does a lot of audio work, it is advisable to try using ¼ inch adapters. As both of these are the most common of connector types it is usually required to have a few XLR connectors along with ¼ inch adaptors. Also a variety of male and female connectors should be kept on hand. A stereo or a mono adaptor should also be kept depending on use of the adaptor. Male to male, female to female, and male to female XLR audio adaptors have XLR connections on both sides and can be used as turn-around or extenders.

There are quite a few types of XLR adapters that have different functions based on their pin number. The XLR3 is the most commonly used balanced, three-pin audio connector. It is used in high-quality microphones and as equipment connections. The XLR3 is used to MIDI data. The four-pin XLR4 is more often used for intercom hand and headsets. It is also used in professional film/video cameras and analog lighting controls. XLR5 is standard for connecting digital lighting and dual-element microphones. Dual channel intercom belt-packs require XLR6. Usually, the male XLR is used for output connection and the female connector is used as an input connection. RF interference has turned out to be a big problem in the Audio and Video industry, incidentally leading to the development of newer and improved XLR connectors in order to ensure great RF rejection and improve performance by a great deal.

This XLR Cable Adapters Review is Written/Updated on Dec 2nd, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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