How Do You Crimp an RCA Connector?
To crimp an RCA connector to a suitable cable, you will first need to remove the old connector and strip the cable a short way back from the termination point, to expose some of the inner wires behind the audio cable shielding. You will also need a cable crimping tool kit to reattach a new plug.
The process of performing a cable crimp is straightforward and involves:
- Inserting the new RCA terminal into the crimping tool
- Inserting the cable wires into the terminal
- Squeezing the handles of the crimping tool together to cold weld the terminal onto the wires
However, you will need to be aware of some other important variables depending on the specific type, make and model of your RCA connector. Different configurations and termination methods may involve rings, spades, butt splice terminals, and insulated or non-insulated terminals. Your crimp tool instruction manual will help you recognise and adjust for the specific terminal and type of connection you want to make.
Why Do I Hear a Buzz When I Couple an RCA Connector to a Speaker?
You can recognise a male RCA plug by the protruding pin encircled by a raised ring. The corresponding female RCA jack or socket has a hole in the centre of a corresponding ring.
When inserting a plug into a jack, both rings must be pushed fully together until they are completely touching all the way around (metal to metal contact). Failure to do this will usually result in a buzzing sound, indicating that the connection is not properly grounded.
Best RCA Connectors to Buy
Some of the most popular manufacturers for RCA connectors include Deltron, Keystone, Lumberg, Neutrik, and Switchcraft. We work with all these quality brands to supply our range of RCA plugs and jacks.
We also offer our in-house range of RS PRO A/V connectors, made to the same high standards we request from our partner brands to give you the products of the quality you expect from RS Components.