Become a Panel Jack Builder
This panel mount audio jack features a ground sleeve pin and tip pin that disconnects when an adaptor plug is inserted, making it suitable for various projects.
Some jacks feature switch contacts that are unconnected to their connector signals; this configuration may be useful for patch panel standardization.
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A 3.5 mm panel-mount jack provides an easy and permanent way to connect portable audio sources. This jack attaches to any surface up to 1-inch thick and tightened in place with a plastic wing-nut for tightness. This device accepts analog stereo plugs of any 3.5mm gauge, producing output through two male RCA connectors.
Some jacks may feature switch contacts in addition to standard signal contacts, which close off circuit when no plug is present and open upon the insertion of one. This feature is especially common on mono jacks for correctly grounding patch panel inputs; stereo sockets sometimes also include such contacts on their sleeves (ground).
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Panel-mounted jacks may feature switch contacts which connect one pin when no plug is inserted and disconnect when one is. Mono jacks typically contain one such contact; stereo sockets provide two: usually one for the tip and another for the ring or collar. These may be isolated from any signal circuitry within the connector signal system.
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Many panel-mounted 3.5 mm audio jacks feature switch contacts that connect when no plug is inserted and disconnect when one is. This feature enables patch panels to normalize signal grounding by shorting out the sleeve pin while connecting tip pin to ground, rather than connecting sleeve and ring together as in traditional mono sockets.
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Panel-mounted jacks typically incorporate switch contacts that switch normally closed (NC) pins to ground (sleeve) when no plug is inserted and disconnect it when one is. A mono jack may feature two such switches – one on its left tip pin, and another one connected to either its collar (right channel), providing signal normalization capabilities.