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what's the different between L-shape headphone jack and straight jack?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
hi to all audiophile god,

may i ask a question?
what's the different between L-shape headphone jack and straight jack?and also,what's the different between the gold plated jack and nikel plated jack? thanks a lot
post #2 of 22
L shape is usually more convenient for portable, straight more convenient for home. no real difference between nickel and gold. gold is better for corrosion resistance. not too important i think. some say that more important is matching the metal of the jack, eg using gold plugs in gold jacks and nickel in nickel. again, i feel it's one of those last .0001 percent tweaker kind of things.

but i could be wrong...
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
thanks usc goose, u did help me in understanding these...anyway it's a good start for me.at least somebody is willing to share their experience with me
post #4 of 22
Straight is also more convienient for [sony] portable equipment remote controls
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Straight is also more convienient for [sony] portable equipment remote controls
i'm sorry,i'm dumb enough to ask u, what is portable equipment remote control? thank you
post #6 of 22
mychew,
it's the remote .. the one that has pause, play , stop rewind , etc.
Usually sony players are more convenient to use straight plugs. There is no difference in the sound quality for both type of jacks.

Also , gold and nickel. The gold is more resistant to corrosion and doesn't produce noise when you turn the plug around, unlike the nickel. Sound quality wise, there is not much of a difference
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
i c... thank you....Guyferd.
now at least i know more
post #8 of 22
u're welcome mate
post #9 of 22
I prefer an L plug for portable use, due to the player being in my pocket and the straight plug gets bent over badly.

I would like to say that I have had problems with the nickle plated plugs and the nickle coming off or turning black and not making contact. I now prefer gold plugs.
post #10 of 22
The difference is 90 degrees

An L jack is also good in times where you need to save space like when the cable goes in that perpendicular direction anyway. In other cases it can act like a little stress relief.
post #11 of 22
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Originally posted by Duncan
Straight is also more convienient for [sony] portable equipment remote controls
Grado is an exception though...that rubber ring around the connector prevents me from using it on my D-EJ1000!
post #12 of 22
An "L" shaped plug (the plug being the male connector) is more versatile in placing a player/amp in a bag, like the HeadRoom Airbag. Straight plugs can require an additional .75" - 1" of clearance which may limit how you place your rig in it's carrying case.

I do think that straight connectors are easier to grip and remove though.
post #13 of 22
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Originally posted by el_diablo007
Grado is an exception though...that rubber ring around the connector prevents me from using it on my D-EJ1000!
That's bad enough, but the remote of my Panasonic SL-CT790 is worse: The plastic at the front edge of the remote itself blocks access to many regular-size headphone plug handles, even the Etymotic plugs and some of the bigger Sennheiser and Sony plugs! The plugs on half of my headphone collection will not properly fit the headphone jack of that damned Panasonic remote.

Sony has changed remotes again this year, for the D-EJ885/985/2000: It's almost the same remote as that of my MZ-E10, with the jack at the very end of the remote that's completely unobstructed. Grado plugs will have no problem whatsoever fitting the remotes on the very newest Sony Walkman remotes.
post #14 of 22
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Originally posted by Eagle_Driver
That's bad enough, but the remote of my Panasonic SL-CT790 is worse: The plastic at the front edge of the remote itself blocks access to many regular-size headphone plug handles, even the Etymotic plugs and some of the bigger Sennheiser and Sony plugs! The plugs on half of my headphone collection will not properly fit the headphone jack of that damned Panasonic remote.

Sony has changed remotes again this year, for the D-EJ885/985/2000: It's almost the same remote as that of my MZ-E10, with the jack at the very end of the remote that's completely unobstructed. Grado plugs will have no problem whatsoever fitting the remotes on the very newest Sony Walkman remotes.
is it really a new remote....they look very similar...
post #15 of 22
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Originally posted by el_diablo007
is it really a new remote....they look very similar...
and the shirt clip for the D-EJ2000's/985's/885's remote is reversible.

The volume control is now its own dedicated collar at the end of the remote. The remote for the D-EJ1000 had a collar that pulls out for volume control, and pushed in functions as Play/FF/Next Track/REW/Previous Track, the Pause button was its own button on one side of that remote, and the Stop button was at the very end of that remote (where the headphones now plug in on the newer remote). And on the newer remote, the Play/FF/Next Track/REW/Previous Track/Pause functions are now on one jog lever on one side of the remote, with the Stop button right next to the jog lever. The older remote had a headphone jack at the rear of the remote, situated at an angle, and didn't protrude far enough away from the main body of that remote to allow large plug handles to fit the jack.

The 2001-model D-EJ925 had the very same remote as the 2002-model D-EJ1000, for what it's worth.
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