CLIFF Electronics continues to expand its range of audio jack sockets with a number of new product introductions.

The new S1 industry standard ¼” offset nose space saving narrow body jack socket offers equipment manufacturers higher PCB packing densities. The S1 may be specified with an optional integral chassis grounding contact which connects to the barrel of plug for maximum earth continuity ensuring lowest noise signals and maximum safety. The new offset nose jack socket is available in all nose thread variants. Applications for this new space saving jack socket include musical instruments and amplifiers, effects pedals and all audio equipment where space is at a premium.

Extending their range of 3.5mm jack sockets Cliff have introduced the S9 range of stereo switched jack sockets. The S9 features contacts engineered with advanced contact tip technology to accept the widest range of Far Eastern plug shapes, is right-angle mounted with PCB and solder tag contact options and nose thread variants. A mono switched version, the S6 is also available. Cliff’s S9 stereo jack sockets are widely used in educational equipment, mobile systems for exhibition audio tours, PDAs and personal audio products.

Cliff Electronics now also offers a range of sealed ¼” jack sockets which minimises contact contamination due to dust and dirt commonly found in fan cooled equipment or products which are infrequently used and spend time in storage. Cliff sealed jack sockets are available with a full range of nose thread variations, connected earth and RFI washer variants and for further protection from dust ingress captive hole caps may be specified to seal vacant sockets.

Optical jack sockets are also supplied by Cliff Electronics. Widely used in audiophile, professional audio and broadcast systems optical connection provides high immunity to noise and crosstalk ensuring high quality audio interconnection between equipment. Cliff optical jack sockets conform to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1210 and also RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05 standards for digital audio interfaces including fibre-optic interconnections and are available to suit a wide range of connection types including Toslink, RCA and 3.5mm. Matching moulded optical lead assemblies are also available for use with all Cliff Electronics optical jacks

Cliff Electronics is one of the longest established manufacturers of components and connectors for audio, engineering, instrumentation, medical, lighting and vending applications. John Hall, general manager of Cliff Electronics, commented, “Cliff Electronics has been manufacturing jack sockets since 1964 and we are a recognised market leader in their design, development and manufacture.”

Cliff jack sockets are used by major global audio equipment manufacturers in the music and broadcast industries and the company can also offer customers a complete cable and lead design and manufacturing service, including over-moulding, to meet specific application requirements.

All of Cliff’s ¼ inch jack socket ranges include a large choice of nose options including metal. Users have a choice of fixing nut and washer options, higher temperature body material, all combinations of contact patterns, Ni-Ag alloy self-cleaning contacts for superior performance and reliability. Customers are able to specify types switched and non-switched contacts, as well as options for chassis grounding and EMI/RF screening.

Cliff’s flagship S2 and S4 ¼ inch audio jack sockets are used worldwide for premium audio, guitar amplifiers and foot-pedals. All standard jack socket options are available with customers also being able to specify internal or externally threaded noses in all variations of thread, nuts, washers and mounting accessories.           

Cliff Electronics patented range of “Stack Jack” sockets allow two sockets to occupy the same PCB space as a single conventional socket. This offers increased printed circuit board density with greater reliability than vertical jacks for mono and stereo applications. Options include selection of stacking spacer thickness to accommodate flexible fixing choices.