Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, & Science, Chapter 1, last updated 6/25/2013
Speakon NL2 cable connector Speakon NL2 panel connector
Speakon NL4 cable connector Speakon NL4 panel connector
Speakon NL8 cable connector Speakon NL8 panel connector
Figure 1.36 Speakon family of connectors
The RJ45 connector is typically used with Category 5e (CAT5e) ethernet cable (Figure
1.37). It has a locking tab that helps keep it in place when connected to a piece of equipment.
This plastic locking tab breaks off very easily in an environment where the cable is being moved
and connected several times. Once the tab breaks off, you can no longer rely on the connector to
stay connected. The Neutrik connector company has designed a connector shell for the RJ45
called Ethercon. This connector is the same size and shape as an XLR connector and therefore
inherits the same locking mechanism, converting the RJ45 to a very reliable and road-worthy
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