I’ve been doing a bit of audio work recently (working on a community radio station) and one thing that kept recurring was the need for audio a diverse range of cable adaptors; 3.5mm male stereo jack to male phono pair one moment, XLR female pair to 6.5mm male stereo jack the next, and so on. Sometimes this meant ‘chaining’ a bunch of different cables and adaptors, which I don’t really like doing. On occasion, we simply didn’t have the right adaptors to make the link.
I started thinking… since I only ever want one of these sort of adaptors at any one moment (typically when I’m trying to port something from one system to another, or capture an audio signal), why not make a universal audio adaptor?, so it would consist of nothing much more than a junction box with a load of shielded flying leads, terminated with:
2.5mm male and female stereo jacks
3.5mm male and female stereo jacks
3.5mm male and female mono jack pairs
6.5mm male and female stereo jacks
6.5mm male and female mono jack pairs
male and female phono pairs
male and female XLR pairs
All connected to a common bus inside the box.
I can’t see any immediate reasons that this wouldn’t work other than:
-It would make it a little easier to make inappropriate interconnections
-The unused trailing connectors might short each other (perhaps this could be largely overcome by plugging the unused males into the unused females, although I’m not sure this would actually work in all cases, like the XLR)
Does something like this already exist, or is there just no reason to do it?