Standard Tonearm Connectors (Full list with descriptions)

Straight tonearm connector options

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Elecaudio Tonearm connector

This straight profile Elecaudio tonearm connector is manufactured by AECO. The connector interface is made of direct gold plated Tellurium copper contacts and Teflon insulation. Its lightweight housing is made of aluminium and finished with a clear non conductive finish. Overall it is a minimal housing design with short profile and an exquisite selection of materials ensuring very good performance at a very affordable cost.

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Straight Carbon Fiber Tonearm connector

Gold or Rhodium plated brass contacts

Teflon Insulation

Polished Nickel plated brass body

Carbon fiber layering

Note: The connector has a diameter (at entry point) of 12mm. Most tonearms  will accommodate this size. However, certain tonearms (i.e. Dynavector, Fidelity Research, Signet, some AudioTechnica) will require tonearm  connectors with 11.8mm diameter or smaller. So, do keep this in mind  when deciding on the suitability of this product. Also, the connector is quite tall so it is suitable for turntables that allow sufficient clearance underneath the tonearm pillar.

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Cardas tonearm connectors in custom made metal housing

We have created a small range of custom made tonearm connectors that can be fitted on many of our cables. Such connectors usually serve as an  alternative option where a small profile is required. The connector assembly is constructed using the Cardas TIDP female tonearm plug. The PTFE dialectic is first spirally threaded  into the housing and then locked with a set screw entirely eliminating  any loose  fitting. The cable jacket is also clamped via set screws. The connector housing is available with a silver or black finish. These connectors have a small diameter entry point and will fit most of the tonearms that require a female, 5pin tonearm plug.

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1877Phono Classic onearm connector

A classic tonearm connector design in its highest build quality version. Precision CNC machined housing with a durable matt silver finish.  Teflon insulation and gold plated copper contacts ,machined and  assembled in very tight tolerances. Our most popular Tonearm connector. Highly recommended. Note that there are many connectors in the market  that have a very similar appearance (and we have tried most - if not all of them). With a bit close attention, the quality of the 1877Phono  plugs clearly stands out. This is not an economy option and should not  be confused with other very similar aftermarket tonearm connectors.

Unlike other similar connectors that come with a diameter of 12mm, the  1877Phono is produce with an 11.8mm diameter, This small difference is  essential for fitting on certain tonearms that have a pillar diameter  smaller than 12mm.

 

Zavfino 1877Phono is a Canadian company which produces and distributes a variety of  products related to analogue audio. We have been using their tonearm  connectors on our cables for over 8 years and they still remain our  favourite tonearm connector option. Although they are not low cost options, they are reasonably priced given their high quality. They are produced at very tight tolerances and make use of materials that  will ensure minimal impact on signal transfer. They are offered in a few versions in order to accommodate most tonearms and set-ups We would gladly recommend these connectors for any tonearm cable, regardless its price.

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1877Phono TAD-88

A long, straight version of the 1877phono tonearm connectors, primarily  intended for use with tonearms that have their socket deep fitted inside their pillar (i.e. Mayware Formula, Audiocrraft etc). Also very  practical for turntables and armboards that require a long connector to reach the tonearm.

Angled tonearm connector options

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Elecaudio Tonearm connector (custom made angled version)

These Elecaudio tonearm connectors are manufactured by AECO. The connector interface is made of direct gold plated Tellurium copper contacts and Teflon insulation. Its lightweight housing is made of aluminium and finished with a clear non conductive finish. We have customised the housing of these connectors in order to produce an angle profile. The connections area sealed with PTFE and a low dielectric constant resin is used to secure the cable body in the connector housing preventing any internal movement. 

The connector has a minimal housing design with short profile and an exquisite selection of materials ensuring very good performance at a very affordable price.

oem angled tonearm connector

Angled Tonearm connector (OEM) - Manufactured by AECO

This tonearm connector represents a low cost option for set-ups that required an angled version. By default it is fitted with Rhodium plated brass contacts. A well made and finished product featuring Teflon Insulation and nickel plated brass body. Keep in mind that this connectors has a relatively large body and should only be used when there is sufficient clearance. Also, the connector has a diameter (at entry point) of 12mm. Most tonearms will accommodate this size. However, certain tonearms (i.e. Dynavector, Fidelity Research, Signet, some AudioTechnica) will require tonearm connectors with 11.8mm diameter or smaller. So, do keep this in mind when deciding on the suitability of this product.

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Cardas tonearm connectors in custom made metal housing (angled profile)

The connector assembly is constructed using the Cardas TIDP female tonearm plug and a metal housing in black finish. These connectors have a small diameter entry point and will fit most of the tonearms that require a female, 5pin tonearm plug.

We have customised the housing of these connectors in order to produce an angle profile. The connections area sealed with PTFE and a low dielectric constant resin is used to secure the cable body in the connector housing preventing any internal movement. 

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1877Phono angled tonearm connector

This is our favourite angled tonearm connector and one of the best designs in the market. Its small profile makes it suitable for most tonearms/turntables. As with the other tonearm connectors by 1877phono the connector features gold plated OFC copper contacts and precision machined Teflon isolation. The 2 part metal housing of the connector offers a very efficient clamping function. Finished in silver matt

Zavfino 1877Phono is a Canadian company which produces and distributes a variety of  products related to analogue audio. We have been using their tonearm  connectors on our cables for over 8 years and they still remain our  favourite tonearm connector option. Although they are not low cost options, they are reasonably priced given their high quality. They are produced at very tight tolerances and make use of materials that  will ensure minimal impact on signal transfer. They are offered in a few versions in order to accommodate most tonearms and set-ups We would gladly recommend these connectors for any tonearm cable, regardless its price.

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Angled Tonearm connector (SME Style)

The tonearm connector featured here is NOT an SME product. It does have the same dimensions and profile as the SME  connector. However, this product uses circular, flute contacts/pin  sockets (gold plated) unlike the SME connector. It is a very good option for tonearms/turntables that allow only a very limited space for the phono cable. It is a very well made connector and a great alternative to the much more expensive SME branded product.

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Short profile, 90 degrees Cardas connector.

This is a custom made connector using an SME style metal housing and a Cardas connector interface. It is one of the shortest available tonearm connectors. Such an option is suitable when there are specific requirements regarding the depth of the tonearm socket and/or the clearance space permitted underneath the tonearm pillar. It has an extremely low profile and it is not suitable for tonearms that have  their socket fitted deep in their pillar. It is particularly useful for turntables like the Linn LP12 especially when the tonearm pillar sits very low.