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Right Angle XLR Connectors

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Introduction

The info below applies to the Neutrik RX series XLRs, like NC3FRX and NC3MRX, as well as other variations. This info can be used when placing an order and specifying the angle or in modifying the angle of the connectors you already have.

Factory XLR Info

The factory XLR has five different positions that can be set in 45-degree increments. We have defined them as 270-degree, 315-degree, 0-degree, 45-degree, and 90-degree, with 0-degree being the standard and the cable outlet being at the side of pin 3. Figure 1 shows the angles of the XLR; the red area contains non-factory positions, and the purple notch is the location where the housing is dissembled.

Figure 2 shows another representation of the factory options for better clarity.

Fig 1: XLR Angles
Fig 2: XLR Angles

Ordering

When a right angle XLR is ordered, if no special instructions are provided, we use the 0-degree notch for assembly. When ordering, you can always specify the angle by leaving a comment in the checkout process. Please provide the info by using our angle method, and be sure to reference which cables apply if multiple right angle XLRs are being purchased.

Changing the Angle

After you have received your cable if the angle does not work for you, you can always change the angle yourself. Please be careful not to hurt the wires inside the connector while making this adjustment. Figure 3 shows the steps involved.

3A: Unscrew the boot

3B: Pull the boot back clear of the housing

3C: Remove the back plate

3D: Turn the connector housing to the desired notch

Reassemble in reverse order.

Figure 4 shows the notches and the tab that locks them in place.

Fig 3: XLR Assembly
Fig 4: XLR Notches

Other Angles

Alternatively, if you need the connector to fall between the 90 to 270-degree angles, the connectors can be modified to do so. For an extra charge, we can cut a new notch at the angle you would like. We can cut these notches anywhere in the 90 to 270-degree range, with the exception of right around 200 degrees because that is the location of the tabs that hold the connector together. Because of the factory notches, we cannot cut extra notches between 270 and 90-degree. Please let us know the angle you would like, and we can let you know the cost of this modification. Please keep in mind that we are not a metal shop; these are small and hard to cut cleanly, so there could be small scratches or nicks from this work.

You should also be aware that when modified, it can affect the latching of the connector. Figure 5 shows two options at 1800-degrees. The male connector (5A) will cover the release latch, making it hard to unplug. The female (5B) has its latch pressed by the body of the connector so it will either not latch at all or may latch a little but the latch may be very hard to press in to release.

Fig 5: Modified XLR

I hope this info page helps. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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