DIY Balanced Interconnect Connectors


I'm going to put together some Mogami 2534 cables for my balanced connection and I will be using Markertek as a source. They have a number of Neutrik connectors availabe, which would be the least expensive, functional type to get? There's different number of pins and such, can't figure out which one is needed for the Neglex. Also, if someone can point me to a good tutorial on assembling this type of cable, I've looked for about an hour and can't find one, you'd think there'd be a good step by step procedure out there.
smata67
I think all of the options are listed on the page below.
male/female
black/nickel
gold/silver

http://www.markertek.com/Cables-Connectors-Adapters/Audio-Connectors/XLR-Connectors/Neutrik-USA-Inc/NC3FXX.xhtml
I had a post on DIY balanced cables a few months ago. I ended up using the Newtrik NC3MX plugs in the post above.
You should be able to click on my threads when you read my post to get to all those answers in my post.
Smata,
You want a standard 3 pin connector, the Neutrik connector above NC3FXX is a great plug.
Pin #1 is your shield/ground wire(sometimes green).
Pin #2 is the white or red(+) wire
Pin #3 is the black(-) or return wire.

The female plug is the start of your signal path, so, if the wire you use is directional you want the signal to begin with the female plug(source) and end at the male plug, say your preamp or amp. Follow me?

Make sure you match pin to pin, in other words Pin #1 on one end of the cable(female plug) goes to Pin #1 on the other end of the same cable(male plug). Also make sure you have a female plug on one end of the cable and a male on the other(you'd be surprised some people mess it up!).

Don't forget that you want to put the plug body, clamp/strain relief and end plug on PRIOR to crimping/soldering your wires!!

If you are confused or get lost don't hesitate to contact me and I'd be happy to guide you through it, it's easy once you get the hang of it. You can email me directly at john@koolcables.com

I hope this helps you out some.

Best of luck,
John
"Don't forget that you want to put the plug body, clamp/strain relief and end plug on PRIOR to crimping/soldering your wires!!"

I've had to redo countless connections in the past and will most likely continue to have to re-do them in the future, but nice try.

I wanted a custom length, got the suggested connectors and 10' of wire for 2 interconnects, $35 shipped.
I'm not I get what you mean Smata, I was trying to help you not trying anything...
Oops, I meant I'm not sure I get what you mean.....
Johngp, all's good. I'm a hobbyist and this type of thing (forgetfulness) has happened to me more times than you know, no matter how careful I've tried to be. Nothing more meant by the comment. Thanks for the post, very thorough information sensibly presented.

Don't forget that you want to put the plug body, clamp/strain relief and end plug on PRIOR to crimping/soldering your wires!!

Who hasn't done that? I wish I had a nickle...
Oh ok, I see. Sorry for misunderstanding your post. Let me know if you run into a snag and I'll try and help you through it.

John
"The female plug is the start of your signal path, so, if the wire you use is directional you want the signal to begin with the female plug(source) and end at the male plug, say your preamp or amp. Follow me?"

The Mogami 2534 does not appear to be directional. Should the writing on the cable go from right to left (as you would read it) from female to male? I'd like to duplicate how the Gold Studio cable is configured.
Apologize. I usually read from left to right as most Americans...
Hi Smata67,

If there are no directional arrows then use the writing on the cable. Flow of signal with the flow of the words, in other words, reading from left to right the Female plug would be on your left or the start of the wording, words follow the same path as the signal. Follow me?
That's what I was looking for. Unfortunately, I may not need these cables due to a change in plans. Now will need RCA cables. This neglex cable will make good signal wire from the RCA jack to the potentiometer for a DIY project I'm going to build soon, so it will get used.