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Phono vs. Mini vs. RCA for amp input

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I have noticed that a lot of amp builders will opt for RCA inputs on amps like a MINT or Pimeta or even a CMoy. I guess I kind consider these portable.

Does it offer better sound using RCA inputs instead of a mini or 1/4" phono jack?

I debated over this when building my Pimeta. I decided to go with mini inputs because I will be using my amp with my iPod more than any other source. I guess if I was building an amp for home use I would go with RCA's.
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Does it offer better sound using RCA inputs instead of a mini or 1/4" phono jack?
No, RCAs are just a lot more durable.
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then a mini maybe

i use 1/4" almost exclusively. all my gear is "pro" gear so the connectors are all xlr or 1/4" be it stereo, mono, or balanced. put rca's on my m3 solely so i could lend it to other people.

im sure one could spout about the mechanical connection being stronger and larger contact area or whatever, but the way i see it there is one component to rca design that just is so stupid that i am frustrated to even use it plugging my sisters dvd player to her cheap stereo, WHO THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THE SIGNAL CONNECT FIRST AND THE GROUND SECOND? i know profi's try to make up for this, but it still fails me.

i guess its ok for most applications where patching or cable stresses aren't likely to change, i just get frustrated by it on dj gear and other stuff that does get hotplugged despite what people "should" do
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