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Identifying Cables and Connectors

Here is a handy visual guide to help you identify Audio, Video, Network Cables and Connectors. Use the quick links or scroll down the page.

XLR Female Cable Connector

Balanced Microphone and Line Level input signals. This is typically the connector that you will plug into a microphone. Also used for connecting a Mixer's line level output to an amplifier.

XLR Female Cable Connector 

XLR Male Cable Connector

Balanced Microphone and Line Level output signals. This is typically the connector that you will plug into a mixer input. Also used with amplifier inputs.

XLR Male Cable Connector 

XLR Male Panel Connector

Balanced Microphone and Line Level output signals. This is commonly the mixer's line level output for connection to an amplifier.

XLR Male Panel Connector 

XLR Female Panel Connector

Balanced Microphone and Line Level input signals. This is a typical mixer balanced microphone input. Also used for amplifier inputs.

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RCA Stereo Jacks

Patching stereo consumer audio components. The right channel is Red, the left channel is usually White or Black.

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Stereo RCA Jacks 

RCA Stereo Plugs

Patching stereo consumer audio components. The right channel is Red, the left channel is usually White or Black.

Stereo RCA Plugs 

RCA Composite Video Plug

Patching Video Cassette Recorder composite video signal between a source and display.

RCA Composite Video Plug 

RCA Component Video Plugs

Patching component video signals between a source and display.

RCA Component Video Plugs 

Speakon Panel Connector

Used for amplifier speaker level outputs and loudspeaker inputs. Available as a 2 or 4 conductor connector. 4 conductor versions are used for biamp setups. A larger 8 conductor version is available.

Speakon Panel Connector 

Speakon Cable Connector

Used to connect loudspeakers to amplifiers. Available as a 2 or 4 conductor connector. 4 conductor versions are used for biamp setups. A larger 8 conductor version is available.

Speakon Cable Connector 

1/4 inch TRS Phone Plug

3 conductor connector used for stereo headphones and balanced line level mono signals.

Balanced
Tip is "hot +"
Ring = cold -"
Sleeve = Shield

Stereo
Tip = Left
Ring = Right
Sleeve = Shield

Quarter Inch TRS Phone Plug 

1/4 inch TS Phone Plug

2 conductor connector used for loudspeakers, instruments and unbalanced line level signals.

Improper cable is a common mistake with these connectors.

Make sure you use unshielded cable for speakers and shielded cable for instruments, otherwise you'll get poor audio.

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Quarter Inch TS Phone Plug 

1/4 inch Phone Panel Connector Connector 

1/4 inch Phone Panel Connector

2 conductor for speaker level and unbalanced line level signals. 3 conductor used for stereo headphones and balanced mono signals.

3.5 mm - 1/8 inch TRS Phone Plug

3 conductor connector used for stereo headphones and earbuds. 4 conductor versions use the extra conductor for microphone signal.

3.5 mm - 1/8 inch TRS Phone Plug 

Banana Plug (dual)

2 conductor connector used for speaker level connections between an amplifier and loudspeaker. The little tab on the left indicates negative.

Banana Plug Dual 

Banana Plugs

Used for speaker level connections between an amplifier and loudspeaker. Red is positive. Black is negative.

Banana Plugs 

Phoenix Euroblock Connectors

Solderless low voltage connectors used for power and audio signals. Available in various conductor counts. Shown are 6 and 3 conductor versions.

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Phoenix Euroblock Connectors 

Banana Plug Socket and Binding Post

Used for speaker level connections between an amplifier and loudspeaker. Red is positive. Black is negative.

Banana Plug Socket and Binding Post 

HDMI A Male Connector

High Definition Multimedia Interface used for transferring uncompressed video and data between cable and satellite boxes, computers, and DVD players to TV displays.

HDMI Male Cable onnector 

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HDMI A Female Receptacle

High Definition Multimedia Interface used for transferring uncompressed video and data between cable and satellite boxes, computers, and DVD players to TV displays.

HDMI Receptacle 

VGA HD-15 Female Socket

Analog video connector. Also called D-sub, D-15 and RGB. Used by video outputs and display inputs.

VGA Female Connector 

VGA HD-15 Male Cable

Analog video connector. Also called D-sub, D-15 and RGB. Used between video source and display.

VGA HD-15 Male Cable 

VGA HD-15 Female Cable

Analog video connector. Also called D-sub, D-15 and RGB. Used between video source and display.

VGA HD-15 Female Cable onnector 

Mini-DVI Plug

Video connector once used with Macintosh computers. Capable of outputing analog and digital signals. Requires adaptors to work with standard display inputs.

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Mini DVI Cable 

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DVI-D (Dual Link)

Analog and Digital video connector. Use adaptors to connect to HDMI (video signal only, no audio), VGA, S-Video and Composite video.

DVI-D (Dual Link) Socket 

DVI-D (Single Link)

Digital video connector. Use adaptor to connect to HDMI (video signal only, no audio).

DVI-D (Single Link) Cable 

F Connector Coupler

Coaxial Radio Frequency connector. Used for cable and satellite television signals. Back to top

F Connector Coupler 

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S-Video Cable

Analog video connector. Separates the chrominance and luminance signals for superior picture quality over composite video.

S-Video Cable 

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S-Video Socket

Analog video connector. Separates the chrominance and luminance signals for superior picture quality over composite video.

S-Video Socket 

RJ45 (8P8C) Jack

Originally used as a telephony connector. Used for many other purposes including computer networks. Uses 8 conductors in 4 twisted pairs.

 

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RJ45 (8P8C) Jack 

RJ45 (8P8C) Plug

Originally used as a telephony connector. Used for many other purposes including computer networks. Uses 8 conductors in 4 twisted pairs.

RJ45 Plug and Cable 

NEMA 5-15P Plug

National Electrical Manufacturers Association standard polarized and grounded AC plug. Rated at 125 volts/15 amperes.

NEMA 5-15P Plug 

IEC C13 Female Coupler

International Electrotechnical Commission non-locking AC power coupler. Typically rated at 125 volts/15 amperes.

IEC C14 Female Coupler 

IEC C14 Male Coupler

International Electrotechnical Commission non-locking AC power coupler. Typically rated at 125 volts/15 amperes

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IEC C14 Male Coupler 

IEC Connector

Lightning Connector

8 pin Apple connector for iPods, iPhones and iPods.

Lightning Connector 

Lightning Connector

30-pin Dock Connector

Apple connector for iPods, iPhones and iPads. Replaced by Lightning connector.

30-pin Connector 

30 Pin Connector

TA4F Connector

4-pin mini connector. Usually attached to a headset or lavalier microphone or a 1/4 inch TS instrument cable. Plugs into wireless bodypack transmitter.

TA4F Connector 

TA4F Connector

USB-A Connector

Universal Serial Bus connector. Used for communication and power between computers and electronic devices. Mini, Micro and Type B versions available.

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USB Type A Connector 

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Thunderbolt 3 Connector

Used for communication and power between computers and electronic devices. Thunderbolt 3 uses the same connectors as USB-C, however most USB-C cables do not support Thunderbolt 3. Lightning bolt indicates it is a Thunderbolt 3 cable. Replaces Thunderbolt 1 and 2 connectors.

TA4F Connector 

TA4F Connector

USB-C Connector

Universal Serial Bus connector. Used for communication and power between computers and electronic devices. Replaces USB-B and USB-A connectors. Not all USB-C cables will pass power for charging laptops, etc.

USB Type A Connector 

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