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    Question The best XLR plugs

    What are generally accepted to be the best XLR plugs for high quality Audio use?

    Neutrik XX-HE seem to be highly rated

    NC3MXX-HE

    http://www.neutrik.com/en/xlr/xx-he-serie/nc3mxx-he

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    This one: http://www.neutrik.com/en/xlr/xx-series/nc3fxx-b and this one: http://www.neutrik.com/en/xlr/xx-series/nc3mxx-b

    Note the gold plated contacts. Other than that don't let audiophilia nervosa get the better of you
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    The best are Furutech carbon fibre ones, expensive yes but you did ask what the best ones are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by technobear View Post
    This one: http://www.neutrik.com/en/xlr/xx-series/nc3fxx-b and this one: http://www.neutrik.com/en/xlr/xx-series/nc3mxx-b

    Note the gold plated contacts. Other than that don't let audiophilia nervosa get the better of you
    a big +1 if they are for truly balanced equipment they wont be plug fussy
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    How about these?:



    Made by Oyaide and distributed by MCRU, I have no idea if they are any better than Neutrix's own, but they do look gorgeous. Expensive at ~70 each.
    Barry

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    I use the Neutriks in the first link. They are very high quality with silver contacts (gold is an option). I've used carbon fibre quite a lot and I am entirely unconvinced by its use to wrap connectors - looks good but nothing else.

    100% Analogue

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    Bocchino BAXLR followed by the Furutech CF601/602. The Bocchino has the best close contact fit, all pure copper (plated gold) which becomes evident when you insert them, they are very solid.
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    Neutriks with silver contacts for all mine. Balanced is not very connector fussy and the Neutriks will work forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinT View Post
    Neutriks with silver contacts for all mine. Balanced is not very connector fussy and the Neutriks will work forever.
    yes but the OP wants to know the best and those are not!

    Neutriks are like BMW X5's, common as muck and decidedly mediocre

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    The best made XLR plugs are Neutrik.

    Whether they are the best sounding
    I don't know

    In ' The World of The Audio Anorak ' the most expensive is the best sounding isn't it ? (!)

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