Recommend an RCA connector


For years I've on occasion made clones of the Rega Couple interconnect- Klotz GY-107 cable (aka Lagrange) and Neutrik Profi plugs. I think with the Profi one is paying a lot for the ground first contact scheme. Switching cables with the system powered down makes that unnecessary.

I'm going to make up another batch- but I would like to use a less costly connector than the Profi (it would be about $34 per set of cables). I'm planning 3 pair of cables and I don't want to spend $100 on the RCA's.

Any suggestions? I need 12 male RCA plugs and would like to top out at $50 or so- I do want connectors that will not compromise sound-

Thanks
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With the Neutrik Profi, you have one of the best RCA connectors, and at a
comparable bargain price. For example, WBTs (the real ones, not the
crappy Chifi knockoffs being flogged out to the unsuspecting) don't come
cheap.

In this hobby, you live the two irrefutable paradigms:
(1) everything is built to it's pricepoint; and
(2) you get what you pay for.

If you really expect to step down to your indicated new
"cheap" price point, and you still expect to meet (forget about
exceed IMO) the performance and build quality of the Neutrik Profi, and
somehow defy Or ignore these facts.... Good luck to you.
A lot of people like Switchcraft RCAs as an inexpensive alternative. The 3502 and 3507 come to mind. I have neither used nor heard them. You could do some research to see how others like them.

I do not know your applications for the RCA cables, but personally I have not had good luck with coaxial cables for analog audio applications. You might price Mogami cable and research it as well. There are generally 2 that most use - 2534 and 2549. There are others as well that would work.

The above notwithstanding, I believe that Akg_ca is correct in what he says.
In this hobby, you live the two irrefutable paradigms:
(1) everything is built to it's pricepoint; and
(2) you get what you pay for.
If you really expect to step down to your indicated new "cheap" price point, and you still expect to meet (forget about exceed IMO) the performance and build quality of the Neutrik Profi, and somehow defy Or ignore these facts.... Good luck to you.
I would respectfully refute irrefutable paradigm no. 2. One reason among many being that I see no reason to assume that the higher materials cost and build quality that presumably (and hopefully) drive product cost will necessarily translate into better sonics, rather than being pointless overkill.

Especially in the case of something like a connector (assuming it is for an analog application), where aside from establishment of good contact (which can certainly be achieved at modest cost) there is not a well-established understanding of why, how, or when differences in materials cost and build quality might affect what is heard.

Regards,
-- Al
"You get what you pay for...."
Would that that was true!!!
Having gone through several rca plugs in the past little while I found the conmector to contribute significantly to improved system performance

To date...
Purchased two pairs of Stager Silver Solids interconnects with Canare f-10 rca's
- upgraded the rca's to Eichman Silver bullets which made the cables much more revealing spacious and dynamic

- changed the Silver Bullets to KLE Innovations Copper Harmony RCA's and found a significant improvement in dynamics, and image

- changed the Copper Harmony to Silver Harmony (from KLEI also) and again there was a noticeable improvement in dynamics, details and image

However - the other cables in your system must be of a similar quality to reap the rewards - one set of plugs ain't gonna transform your system

Take a look at the KLE Innovations web site for reviews

Regards