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Noob here. What use do the 6.3mm plugs serve?

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I don't understand what there is to plug them into. I have many 3.5 to 6.3 mm adapters, but no idea what to use them with. 

What do you plug these things into?

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1/4 aka 6.3mm is used for professional equipment, amps and the like. Like... if your using a guitar amp, or a soundboard, or a high end audio reciever for your TV// Home audio system.
 

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a guitar amp or something like that
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Even the lower end AV receivers usually have the larger plug. Headphones with the 6.3 usually also are accompanied by a longer cable. They presume you might use them for actual studio use or home audio system use.

Every single Schiit amp and other high end amps also use this plug.
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It's where the big boys play.
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Necrobump redface.gif I was just curious, is there a specific reason behind it's use? Lasts longer maybe?  I know the company Angelbird uses a full sized USB plug on their SSD2go because they tested and found out it lasts the longest through all the plugging in and unplugging, it apparently blows away the durability if micro USB.
 

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Originally Posted by MooTaters View Post

Necrobump redface.gif I was just curious, is there a specific reason behind it's use? Lasts longer maybe?  I know the company Angelbird uses a full sized USB plug on their SSD2go because they tested and found out it lasts the longest through all the plugging in and unplugging, it apparently blows away the durability if micro USB.
 

The contacts in a 3.5 mm jack are very small and the springs are limited, by virtue of their size.  Every one of them - no matter the quality - have a very limited finite time in which those contacts will make sufficient electrical contact. The size of the metal's crystalline structure and the size of the corrosion molecules are fixed.  You can't make them smaller when you make the jack/plug smaller. Ever had a portable where the 3.5mm plug started scratching and developed an intermittent contact?  It's common.  

 

On the other hand, you can dust off equipment that's 50+ years old and a 1/4" jack will most likely still work.  

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Thanks, I kind of figured it was something along the lines of durability.  Very informative post. smile.gif
 

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