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Phono type digital audio cable

Visual Guide to Audio/Video Connectors and Cables

"F" Connector Combined
A connector used heavily in audio/video connections, and particularly for 75-ohm coax connections.
Phono (RCA) Plug Audio
or Video
This is the standard connector for audio/video signals. They are usually color-coded with Yellow for Video, Red for Right Audio and White for Left Audio. The image shows a four-slit plug.

RCA stands for "Radio Corporation of America", which set this connector as a standard.

Phono (RCA) Jack Audio
or Video
Phono Plug,
or Video
This type of phono plug is used where space does not allow for easy connection with a standard phono plug.
Phono Plug,
or Video
This phono plug is angled and has a phono jack in-line with the plug. It is used for specialized hookups where it is necessary to connect two phono plugs to the same jack.
or Firewire Plugs

Audio or
Video or

IEEE-1394 ("I triple-E 1394") is the technical name for what are more commonly called firewire cables. These cables end in two types of plugs, as shown at left.
Phone Plug, Mono
(1/4", 1/8", 3/32")
Audio This is the standard connector for headphones, microphones and musical instrument cords.

The plugs come in two types (stereo and mono) and three sizes: 1/4" (6.35 mm), 1/8" (3.5 mm or mini) and 3/32" (2.5 mm or submini).

The difference between a stereo and mono phone plug is the number of bands. A stereo plug has two bands, and a mono plug only has one.

Phone Plug, Stereo
(1/4", 1/8", 3/32")
Phone Plug, Right-angle
(1/4", 1/8", 3/32")
XLR Plug Audio XLR connectors are used in custom "pro" audio hookups to connect microphones to PA amplifiers, mixers or extension cords. These hookups are balanced, which helps cut out noise and hum pickup.
XLR Jack
DIN Plug Audio or
DIN plugs are used in computer systems and European tape decks, recorders and audio components.
Toslink Plug


Toslink connectors are used to connect optical audio connections, such as on a DVD or CD player.
Speaker Terminals Speaker terminals are used to connect bare wire or pin connectors to speakers, amplifiers or receivers. Connections are made by pressing down the lever, inserting the wire or pin, then releasing the lever.
Pin Connector Audio These two connectors are used to terminate the bare wire on either megacable or speaker wire in order to connect to speaker terminals.
Banana Plug
Spade Connector These two connectors are used to terminate the bare wire on either megacable or speaker wire in order to connect to screw terminals.
Ring Connector
S-video or
SVHS-video Plug
Video S-video connectors are used for high-quality video connections.
S-video or
SVHS-video Jack
BNC Connector Video or
This connector is used in communications and some video applications. "BNC" stands for "Bayonet eill Concelman" and is named after the inventors, Paul Neill and Carl Concelman.

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