Originally Posted by groovyd
What is the type of connector on the Alpha dogs? Think I actually prefer those if I remember they were more compact then the mini-XLR and easier to connect disconnect without being cheap at all. Had a nice twist snap thing with the retractable collar. They may have even been a bit nicer quality wise unless I am dreaming. Wish Audeze used those instead.
I'm glad they didn't.
It's a Hirose connector though there are clones made by other companies. They have the same sort of push lock as some of the Lemo connectors where you push it on and it locks and if you pull on the cable it stays locked, but if you grab the collar of the connector, they pull right out.
They're no more compact than the mini-XLR. In the photo I have them lined up to compare what sticks out from the mating connector.
The "strain relief" is just a tiny little set screw. The connectors come with a brass collar that's meant to be crimped over the cable and when assembled, it lines up with the set screw and the set screw is tightened and mashes down on the collar. That's fine if you're using just the right diameter jacketed cable. Otherwise, well, you're just going to have to improvise somehow.
Also, the rubber boots on the ones I got from e-valucon are rather sticky and attract every little piece of dust, lint and dead skin.
So no, I'm glad Audez'e didn't choose those.