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New mains for a new room

Author: matthew; Published: Nov 17, 2008; Category: New Studio; Tags: , , ; No Comments

looking in the door of the new control room.

looking in the door of the new control room.

a hole for the connector.

a hole for the connector.

Today was a day of new mains for the new control room. I connector-ized the 10-gauge speaker cables I pulled through the studio conduit with the Amphenol connectors I got from PEI genesis. I poked holes in the speakers for the panel-mount connectors and got a brand-new 140-watt soldering iron that would handle heating such large wires and solder cups. New tools are so exciting. I don’t normally deal with wires this substantial and had to build a little jig to get them all in the same plane as the solder cups/pins without significant bends.

male connector

male panel-mount.

female.

female from the amp.

The holes for mounting the panel-mounted male connectors are super small: you can see the #4 brass wood screws used to mount it in the photo at the left. I was worried the little screws wouldn’t be beefy enough to actually hold the connector, but once it was all assembled and mounted this solution seemed sufficient. (I have some 4-40 screws/lock washers/nuts just in case.) Luckily, this assembly will just sit there 99% of the time without much disconnecting/reconnecting. I do wish the mounting screws were black anodized, but since this whole thing will sit inside the wall I guess it’s no big deal.

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