Audio/Video Connectors for Consumer Applications Product Roundup

By AJ Born | August 02, 2022

This week’s Product Roundup highlights audio/video connectors for consumer applications from leading suppliers.

Audio/Video Connectors for Consumer Applications

Neutrik power CONThe Neutrik SpeakON line of lockable loudspeaker/amplifier connectors, supplied by Allied Electronics & Automation, now features the standard SpeakON, SpeakON SPX, and SpeakON STX series. The SPX series features 4-pole cable ends that are cost-effective and available straight or in right-angle configurations. The STX series is metal for added durability and features gaskets for help to seal out moisture. The STX series is available in both male and female cable ends and receptacles.

Cinch Trompeter BNC Coax ConnectorThe BNC connector from Cinch Connectivity Solutions is a miniature quick connect/disconnect radio frequency connector used for coaxial cable. It features two bayonet lugs on the female connector; mating is fully achieved with a quarter turn of the coupling nut. BNC connectors are used with miniature-to-subminiature coaxial cable in radio, television, and other radio-frequency electronic equipment, test instruments, and video signals. The BNC features 3-piece construction, captive center contact pin in cone assembly, spring-loaded coupling ring using a beryllium-copper crescent washer, and freely rotating captured insert and stepped captured insert inside the clamp-nut assembly.

Weidmüller PUSH IN wire connection for the LUF Power TerminalWeidmüller’s PUSH IN wire connection for the LUF Power Terminal was developed for Dolby Cinema Technology. Its construction, with only 5.1 mm wide slices, makes it possible to build simple, space-saving terminal blocks with plenty of poles for flexible application options. The intuitive fastening mechanism, which fastens the terminal block in the housing cut-out in seconds, simplifies handling and reduces assembly costs. The PUSH IN connection system connects conductors quickly and offers a large connection cross-section. Conductor connections with a cross-section of up to 4.0 mm² with ferrules are possible. WGK series lead-through terminals consist of an inside and outside component that are easily locked with one another through the housing wall without any tools.

Amphenol ICS HDMI connectorAmphenol HDMI supports standard or high-definition video plus multi-channel digital audio on a connector. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports 8-channel digital audio. With 18 Gb/s of bandwidth, HDMI can accommodate the future enhancements and requirements of audio/video equipment. This high-performance digital audio/visual interconnect solution is HDMI 2.0 compliant, features a compact, cost-effective design, and insert molding for better retention force and coplanarity.

BizLink USB CThe USB-C to 3.5mm Audio Combo Active Adapter from BizLink provides a 3.5 mm audio combo jack by connecting to the USB-C port of a computer or smartphone. Used to connect to headphones or speakers, it includes digital audio conversion, which provides ultra-high-quality audio to analog (up to 32 bit/384 kHz). It features digital audio codec, supports Stereo Class-G headphone output; ultra-high-quality audio spec (SNR: 124 dB; THD+N: -95 dB; digital audio: 384kHz, 32 bit); and supports CTIA and OMTP-type headsets in a compact design.

Lumberg jack chassisLumberg’s 3.5 mm jack chassis socket according to JEITA RC-5325A features 4 poles/stereo, with two break contacts in an angular version designed for printed circuit boards. It is suitable for surface mount technology (SMT), mid-mount placement, and is available in three sizes, mono and stereo, with a wide range of cable and chassis parts. For signal currents up to 2 A.

JAE FI-R connector seriesJAE’s FI-R connector series has the durability, ease of mating, and variety of options to meet the demands of high-speed serial transmission such as LVDS, TMDS (HDMI), and PCI Express that are widely used in TVs, personal computers, and medical devices. FI-R connectors feature 0.5 mm terminal pitch, 3.8 mm connector height, and have a compact design with 21, 31, 41, and 51 positions. They offer stable mating with large mating guides on the plug, have strong PCB retention with solder hold-downs on the receptacle, and impedance matching of 100 ohms. They are ground reinforced by shell structure and hold-downs. Receptacle options include with and without shell, and angled and straight types, all with a common footprint. The mechanical lock prevents mis-mating and accidental unmating. Plug options for discrete wire crimping and fine coaxial wire soldering suit a variety of needs. VESA standard connector for TV LCD interface.

Neutrik PowerCON 32aNeutrik’s 32 A powerCON from Powell Electronics is a robust and reliable locking single phase AC appliance cable connector for high current capacity (32 A rated). It is conceived as a non-standardized 3-pole connection system without breaking capacity to serve the needs of high-power distribution systems and supplies for professional audio and lighting equipment and installations. The connectors are comprised of contacts for phase, neutral, and protective earth (ground) conductors rated for currents up to 32 A and for voltages up to 250V.

LEMO B Series connectorPEI-Genesis offers LEMO’s B-Series push-pull connector, a secure, push-pull latching system with high-density panel spacing, 360° EMI shielding, and quick mating or unmating. This connector series is designed for indoor or vacuum-tight applications, making it an ideal choice for audio/video, Test & Measurement instrumentation, medical devices, research, and applications where a highly reliable, quick-mating connector is needed. Modular insert configurations include a wide range of high-density or hybrid electrical contacts, including solder, crimp, PCB straight or elbow, fiber coax, thermocouple, pneumatic, fluidic, or high-voltage contacts. LEMO’s proprietary keying system allows for a higher contact density while preventing mismating. LEMO’s push-pull connector series includes the family size range of 0B to 5B. PEI-Genesis’ Value Add Services are available for the LEMO B-Series with rapid turnaround.

COAC Connectors F type tool-less spring lockCOAX Connectors’ 75 ohm F Type ‘Tool-Less’ Spring Lock Cable Plug is ideally suited for use by consumers in audio/video applications. Its spring-lock design allows for quick and easy termination without the need for special tooling. These connectors feature a screw coupling and a gold-plated center contact. With the cable stripped and the braid pulled back, the three parts of this connector simply click into place, forming a strong, stable, and neat connection between the cable and connector.

Avnet supplies Samtec’s Micro Mate™ discrete wire systems.Samtec MicroMate Series Micro Mate offers significant space savings and design flexibility. The new T1M series contains crimp-style dual leaf contacts that provide a reliable connection in a slim, low-profile design for cable-to-board, cable-to-cable, and cable-to-panel applications. Featuring a low-profile design, single or double row up to 40 pins, and mating terminal strips in vertical or right-angles. 

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