Connectors

Heavily Silver Plated RCA, BNC, Banana, Plugs, RCA Sockets, Speaker & Ground Terminals & Loudspeaker Spades

News

News brief February 1, 2009.

The precipitous fall in the value of the pound has required us to increase the prices accordingly to recover costs.

We have developed a small range of connectors, primarily for use with our own cables, amplifiers, loudspeakers and digital products. Unlike our wires and cables that are made from solid 99.99% pure silver, silver is generally too soft and brittle to be used as a connector.

I looked for a solution to this for several years, because making the finest silver cables only to connect them to the amplifier or speaker via a thinly gold plated plug and socket seemed counterproductive to me, yes gold looks very nice and enhances our impression and sense of quality and finish, but it sounds dreadful.

The solution came to me after I tried some home made solid solver banana plugs, which promptly snapped, perhaps if the silver plating was made really, really thick, not the usual 7 - 10 micron traditionally used, so I have some of our standard sockets, connectors stripped of the gold plating and plated with 60 - 70 micron of high grade pure silver.

At first they were almost impossible to use, the thicker layer of silver made the diameter of the hole in the socket and the pin on the RCA plugs too big, so the connectors would have to be their dimensions recalculated in order to work, once that was done, it was obvious that this worked, the sonic benefit of silver without the cost and immense drawback of weak and brittle connectors.

Do they tarnish, you will now ask? Yes they do, and they will need to be cleaned occasionally for the very best sound, however, even silver oxide has far better sonic properties than any other material, so most of the sonic advantage is still present even when they are black with oxidization!


Audio Note™ RCA Plugs.

Order Code Type/Description

Price Ex. UK Vat

CON-311AG (blk) / CON-310AG (red) AN-GP-AG AUDIO NOTE™ heavily silver plated RCA plug, PTFE insulation, non-magnetic, 6 mm tail end 13.44
CON-311AG-7 (blk) / CON-310AG-7 (red) AN-GP-AG Audio Note™ heavily silver plated RCA plug, PTFE insulation, non magnetic, 7 mm tail end for thicker cables 13.44
CON-311AG-8 (blk) / CON-310AG-8 (red) AN-GP-AG Audio Note™ heavily silver plated RCA plug, PTFE insulation, non magnetic, 8 mm tail end for thicker cables 13.44
CON-308 (blk) / CON-307 (red) AN-P/6 AUDIO NOTE™ heavily silver plated RCA plug, teflon insulated, one-piece construction, non-magnetic, 6 mm tail end 32.25
CON-308-8 (blk) / CON-307-8 (red) AN-P/8 as above with 8 mm tail end 32.25
CON-308-10 (blk) / CON-307-10 (red) AN-P/10 as above with 10 mm tail end 32.25
CON-308-12 (blk) / CON-307-12 (red) AN-P/12 as above with 12 mm tail end 32.25


The AN-GP-AG silver plated RCA plugs

The Audio Note AN-P silver plated RCA plug

Model Internal Diameter External Diameter Overall Length

12

12mm 17mm 40mm
10 10mm 15mm 40mm
8 8mm 13mm 40mm
6 6mm 13mm 40mm


Audio Note™ RCA Sockets

Order Code

Type

Mounting

Price Ex. UK Vat

CON-034A (red) / CON-034B (blk)

AN-CS Audio Note™ non-magnetic, teflon insulated socket, silver plated

Chassis mounted

6.45


The Audio Note AN-CS silver plated chassis RCA sockets


Audio Note™ Loudspeaker Connectors, Banana Plugs, Cable Spades.

Order Code

Type/Description

Price Ex. UK Vat

CON-060AG

Audio Note™ Banana plug, silver plated, spring loaded tension

6.00

CON-065B

Audio Note™ Loudspeaker Cable Y - spade, silver plated, non-magnetic

6.00


Spring tensioned banana plugs

AN Spade connectors

Audio Note™ Loudspeaker Terminals

All our loudspeaker terminals have facility for a 4 mm banana plug and/or a spade connector see pictures below.

Order Code Description Price Excl. UK vat
CON-028A Red

CON-029A Black

Audio Note™ AN-SPKR small silver plated terminal, chassis mounts, long, 25 mm, thread to allow for thick walls, non-magnetic 5.40
CON-028LAG Red

CON-029LAG Black

Audio Note™ SPR large silver plated terminal, chassis mounts, long, 25 mm, thread to allow for thick walls, non-magnetic 7.80
CON-028 Red

CON-029 Black

Audio Note™ AN-STR "MEISHU" Speaker Terminal, chassis mounts, gold plated one-piece construction, non-magnetic, short thread 10 mm 15.00
CON-028AG Red

CON-029AG Black

Audio Note™ AN-STR "MEISHU" Speaker Terminal, chassis mounts, fully silver plated one-piece construction, non-magnetic, short thread 10 mm 15.00
CON-030AG Red

CON-031AG Black

Audio Note™ AN-STR "MEISHU" Speaker Terminal, chassis mounts, fully silver plated one-piece construction, non-magnetic, long thread for speaker crossovers, 25 mm 15.00


The AN-SPKR silver plated loudspeaker terminal


The Audio Note™ AN-SPR silver plated loudspeaker terminal

The Audio Note™ AN-STR "Meishu" silver plated speaker terminal, available in black as well as gold plated,
which are on offer, features direct contact from both sides and sound superior as a result.

The gold plated version

Technical Diagrams (Click for larger image)

 



Updated February 1, 2009, PQ

 

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