Talk:Connecting your Equipment

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Having trouble getting text underneath the pix to appear, its currently being interpreted as alt tags. NT 08:06, 11 November 2007 (PST)


RCA Phono plugs
If you add the "thumb" keyword to the pic tag, the pic will display in the right hand column, with text underneath. Like this:
[[Image:RCA_Connector_(photo).jpg|thumb|RCA Phono plugs]]

Suf 10:55, 11 November 2007 (PST)

thanks - now done NT 22:54, 11 November 2007 (PST)

Re: my edit


Many thanks for this excellent article. I hope you are not offended by the editing but I felt I had to reduce the number of sections - I just could not see the "wood for the trees". I think the actual section on connectors makes far more sense if it is sorted by type, not popularity. Since you said little on DIN , I added some text - please check it if you agree about 2 pin DIN plug problems. Can you add some more about the inherent problems of 5 pin DIN?



Although the info has some use, I dont see its direct relevance to the article tbh. May I suggest creating a new article for it, that perhaps addresses troubleshooting of lead & connector problems, which are a significant issue unfortunately.

The main reason I added something about 2 pin DIN was so that there was a reasonable amount of text to go with the image. It's up to you, but I think you should say (even in only a few words) what the inherent 5 pin DIN problems are. Please feel free to add an article about troubleshooting lead/connector problems, linked to on this article (assuming the text needs to be more than a few paragraphs). If it only needs a couple of paragraphs, perhaps it's best as a final section of this article?

NT 23:16, 12 November 2007 (PST)

I did not write the above NT 08:13, 15 November 2007 (PST)

Hi NT according to the history you wrote

"Although the info has some use, I dont see its direct relevance to the article tbh. May I suggest creating a new article for it, that perhaps addresses troubleshooting of lead & connector problems, which are a significant issue unfortunately."

You also mentioned that 5 pin DIN has inherent problems (that was in your original article). Anyway if you are able to add a new section or if needs be a new article on general lead/connector problems and how to troubleshoot them, that would be great.



3.5mm or 1/8"?

Are 2.5mm and 3.5mm TRS jackplugs referred to as 1/8" and 3/32" in some countries? NT 23:16, 12 November 2007 (PST)

Yes - most of the (US?) people who write to us refer to measurements in inches.


The point of ordering things by popularity is that it minimises average reading time to find the info a user needs. Its a good plan where there is no other more important means of determining order. NT 23:18, 12 November 2007 (PST)

I re-ordered primarily because there were just too many sections (which increases reading time), and ordering by connection family helped solve that. Another solution might have been to have *one* section for the least popular types.



This article describes connection of analogue audio sources such as HI-FI, radios or TV to a computer and the different type of connectors in use. 
Note that USB audio devices connect to the computer with digital data channels. See USB turntables and Linux-specific information on USB microphones.

I'm going to change this as although its true, it is a source of confusion to many readers, who would regard CD as a digital source.

That's fine but as you see, the headers must be in full English (no "e.g." and certainly not "eg"). The link to USB microphones must state that the information is Linux specific (it's meaningless to someone on Windows). I'm intending to add a cross platform page specifically on USB microphones, which will solve that, as we can then link to that.

While is possible to get into explanations in the article I dont see any point, as its not really relevant. NT 23:22, 12 November 2007 (PST)

Early Radios

'Early radios' covers anything from the 1800s to 1930s NT

2.5 mm

" 3/32 inch (2.5mm) Jack/TRS

Occasionally used on portable equipment for audio.

On equipment from the 1970s, 2.5mm sockets were routinely fitted next to the 3.5mm microphone jack and used for remote pause control, not for audio. 2.5mm plugs are fairly weak."

Aren't 2.5 mm jacks quite common on (low end?) portable voice recorders or cheap call recording adaptors (not having a 3.5 mm jack at all), and can then be used with an adaptor cable for connection to the 3.5 mm microphone jack of other recorders? I would assume these outputs have too weak signal for connection to the computer soundcard, but you would know better than I.

That I don't know, I've little experience with equipment like that. I would be fairly surprised if any output on such a machine were too low a voltage for a soundcard though. NT 08:16, 15 November 2007 (PST)


Throwing in abbreviations without explanation just isn't acceptable. sorry. We can't assume about the knowledge of the particular reader. The abbreviation should be explained (or linked to so as to explain it) the first time it appears in the text.

Thanks again for your contributions.