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Press Release from CLIFF Electronics, 2nd December 2014.


Innovative latching airtight XLR socket from CLIFF Electronics suits active loudspeakers and audio installations.


Airtight XLR sockets from Cliff Electronics


CLIFF Electronics announces the introduction of a new latching female XLR socket. This industry-standard connector is widely used for audio inputs and is the latest addition to Cliff’s range of professional audio connectors. Designed and manufactured by CLIFF Electronics in the UK, this latest version of their market leading Airtight XLR connector range is fitted with an integral latch to prevent accidental disconnection by vibration or tension on the cable.


Cliff’s airtight XLR connectors offer cost saving solutions to longstanding problems experienced by live music producers and pro-audio manufacturers of studio monitoring and similar hi-fidelity audio applications. Active loudspeakers, (fitted with internal amplifiers), produce considerable air pressure within the cabinet and any air leakage will reduce efficiency and impair sound quality.


The customary method used by loudspeaker manufactures to make an input socket airtight is use a sealant solution to make both the body airtight in the cabinet and seal the connection pins. This time consuming and messy process is not required when fitting a Cliff airtight XLR socket.  The airtight XLR sockets are fitted to the loudspeaker enclosure with a supplied sealing gasket and, uniquely, have completely sealed connection pins. This not only reduces assembly time and cost but also makes replacement of the connecter a much easier task.


The supplied gasket will seal the socket flange against the loudspeaker enclosure and may be fitted on the front or rear of the XLR depending on preference.  Three mounting types are available offering vertical or 90 ° PCB mounting or solder bucket for wired connection. All contacts are gold plated and are rated at 5A nominal, 15A maximum up to 250 VAC maximum.


John Hall, General Manager of CLIFF Electronics, comments; “Cliff Electronics has been providing innovative solutions for the music industry since the beginning of amplified music in the 1970s. We are a major supplier to all the main amplifier and loudspeaker manufacturers and work closely with them to provide UK designed and manufactured connector solutions. Our new airtight XLR connecter family provides a cost and labour saving solution to possible air leakage affecting loudspeaker fidelity.”.


For further details, please see the Airtight XLR page. Cliff products are available direct, (for manufacturers), or from a number of major distributors.




About CLIFF Electronics.

CLIFF Electronic Components Limited was founded in 1977 to supply the music industry with connectors. Cliff has subsequently greatly expanded its’ products and services to become a high quality supplier to most professional and industrial markets. As both a manufacturer and a distributor, the expansion of its’ product range has established Cliff as a prime source for components. As a UK manufacturer, CLIFF is able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs.


CLIFF manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts, connection blocks, motors and assembly aids. It can also provide a wide range of leads including audio, instrument and power.


CLIFF has extensive expertise in moulding molding and metalwork. It can provide a design, engineering and manufacturing service for the production of customised customized components and assemblies. Plastics expertise includes injection-moulding, injection-molding, blow-moulding, blow-molding, extrusion, sonic-welding and printing. Metalwork includes stamping, machining, aluminium aluminum extrusion, finishing and printing.


CLIFF has the facility to enable assembly, inspection and testing. CLIFF’s UK and Far Eastern production plants are certified to ISO 9001 and employ design, engineering, technical, marketing and sales personnel. Quality has always been of prime importance and the majority of CLIFF products are covered by approvals from organisations organizations such as UL and VDE.


For more information, please contact us.


Cliff Electronic Components Ltd.
76 Holmethorpe Avenue,
Holmethorpe Industrial Estate,

Cliff Electronic Components Ltd.
10580 N McCarran Blvd,
Suite 115-587,
NV 89503


Telephone: +44 (0)1737 771375 +1 707 746 8090

Fax: +44 (0)1737 766012 +1 707 746 8092