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 Post subject: Source for quality female rca jacks, panel mount?
PostPosted: Jul Wed 03, 2019 11:34 pm 
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My vintage Crown IC-150 preamp ("Integrated Circuit Stereo Console") has been giving me intermittent and marginal connections for a few years... I had been blaming the problem on my cables but have finally determined that the RCA jacks on the back panel were actually the culprit. I guess after 40 years or so even these ceramic jacks have had enough wear...

So I took a pliers and ripped most of them out- they were press fit.

Can someone recommend a source for a very good quality replacement jack? (female panel mount).

I had bought some cheap ones, but they broke with even a little torque. I'd like to find some that could take some torque, as the ground connection for each jack will be through its connection to the chassis.

I feel I can't really tell from reading online descriptions whether a particular jack is good quality- strong built with good insulation, so I though I'd ask you guys if you have experience with specific brands and/or sources for some.

Thanks,
Keith


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 Post subject: Re: Source for quality female rca jacks, panel mount?
PostPosted: Jul Thu 04, 2019 1:50 am 
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For quality connectors, look for Switchcraft - http://www.switchcraft.com/productsumma ... Parent=583

They should be available from major US distributors.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for quality female rca jacks, panel mount?
PostPosted: Jul Thu 04, 2019 2:22 am 
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Thanks Chuck!

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 Post subject: Re: Source for quality female rca jacks, panel mount?
PostPosted: Jul Thu 04, 2019 5:19 am 
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I got a bunch from mouser or digikey. they were of name brand such as switchcraft or some other brand like Amphenol.

they were not cheap, but could be torqued down with a tire iron.

if I recall, they were 3-4 bucks a piece.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for quality female rca jacks, panel mount?
PostPosted: Jul Thu 04, 2019 2:12 pm 
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Yep, I ordered some Switchcraft ones last night, ran about $2 each.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for quality female rca jacks, panel mount?
PostPosted: Jul Thu 04, 2019 4:32 pm 
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i tried some from radio shack once. what a pathetic joke they were--just like everything that radio shack sold after they cheapened things sometime before y2k.

RS switches and any panel mount items were just the same ; one bit of torque to tighten them and they just fell apart.

radio shack junk, :lol:

a friend of mine worked at the RS HQ in DFW. she verified that RS started to cheapen things extensively thru the mid-late 90s--and it started with their craptastic blister pack parts (switches, pots, panel jacks, etc).

steve

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 Post subject: Re: Source for quality female rca jacks, panel mount?
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Agree with Chuck. Switchcraft are the ones to get.

Steve, the RS parts often came with solder lugs for the ground connection that wouldn't take solder either. Junk!

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