If you’re looking for XLR connectors, receptacles, and accessories to complete an XLR connection, 3D HD Gear has the essential components you need.
We carry a variety of items from major brands, such as Neutrik, Liberty, Canare, and Hosa. Choose from a range of chassis mounts, male or female XLR receptacle, lettering plate, screw terminals, solder cup, and self-tapping Plastite screw, among others.
Our products are carefully chosen for their quality and to the standards that the best audio engineers demand. No matter what you need to connect, we have the most reliable XLR connectors for the job.
Our XLR cable connectors feature a compact and durable design. Some are made of rugged zinc die cast shell with a fiberglass reinforced insert. Made easy to assemble, you don’t need screws to put together an XLR connection for a microphone and other audio devices.
We carry only UL recognized components.
Do you need tools and parts to assemble or repair your microphone cables? Check out the XLR cable connectors, receptacles, and accessories to get the job done.
Not sure what to get? Let 3D HD Gear help. Give us a call for product information and expert advice about XLR connection and its components.
An XLR connector is primarily found on professional audio and video equipment as well as stage lighting. It is commonly associated with lighting control, low voltage power supplies, balanced audio interconnection, and other applications.
XLR connectors are circular in design with pins that range between 3 and 7. A number of manufacturers produce XLR connectors and follow the international standard for dimensions, IEC 61076-2-103.
Current XLR receptacle and connector design
There are male and female versions of XLR cable connectors and chassis mounting designs. Pin 1 (the earth pin) of the female XLR connector is designed to connect first before other pins make contact when a male XLR connector is inserted.
This ensures that, when an XLR connector is inserted or removed in live equipment, extra signals are not picked up, which is a common occurrence with RCA connectors.
It is possible for different XLR connectors from different manufacturers to be paired up. The Switchcraft six-pin model is an exception because it uses a non-standard pin arrangement.
Three-pin XLR (XLR3) connectors are the industry standard for balanced audio signals and primarily used on professional microphones.
For balanced audio circuits, Pin 1 is also known as "hot" and Pin 2 is "cold".
Four-pin XLR (XLR4) connectors are standard for intercom headsets, DC power connections for professional film and video cameras, some pyrotechnic equipment, AMX analog lighting control, and desk microphones with LEDs.
Five-pin XLR (XLR5) connectors are the standard for DMX512, a digital communication network commonly used to control digital stage lighting and effects. The connector is also used for stereo intercom headset and DC power in audio equipment.
Six-pin XLR (XLR6) connectors are used for stage lighting control applications, dual channel intercom systems, and professional stereo headset with a balanced microphone.
Seven-pin XLR (XLR6) connectors carry heater, HT, signal, and polarization voltage from some valve condenser microphones to the power supply.
XLR cable connectors and the Balanced Cables
Balanced audio cables have negative, positive, and ground wires that serve as conductors. As previously mentioned, Pin 1 is always the ground signal.
Because of their ability to deliver balanced microphone and line-level signals, XLR cables guarantee that the final audio signal has little unwanted noise from electrical interference coming from the outside or other electronic devices nearby. Even over long-distance transmission, the original audio signal is preserved with balanced XLR cable connectors and cables.
A balanced XLR cable is suitable for both recording studio and live sound applications. It is also used to connect most microphones, especially those that require a power source because XLR cables can deliver phantom power from the mixing boards (source) to the microphone (destination).
Instead of a battery, phantom power serves as an alternative power source for condenser microphones and similar microphones.
Different XLR connectors have different technical usage. For more information and expert advice, call 3D HD Gear today. Whether you have queries about our products or system setup and installation, we can help.
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