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Press Release from CLIFF Electronics, 30th April 2015.


Offset-Nose, Narrow-Body Jack Socket Expands Audio Connector Range From CLIFF Electronics

Widest range of high quality, industry-standard quarter-inch jack sockets and 3.5 mm connectors.


Audio Connectors from Cliff Electronics


CLIFF Electronics continues to expand their range of internationally renowned audio jack sockets with a number of new product introductions.


The new, industry-standard, ¼”, offset-nose, space-saving, narrow-body, S1 jack socket offers higher PCB packing densities to equipment manufacturers. The S1 may be specified with an optional, integral, chassis-grounding contact, which connects to the barrel of the plug for maximum earth ground continuity, ensuring the lowest noise signals and maximum safety. The new offset-nose jack socket is available in all nose thread variants. Applications for this new space-saving jack socket include musical instruments, amplifiers, effects pedals and audio equipment where space is at a premium.


Extending their range of 3.5 mm jack sockets, Cliff have introduced the S9 range of stereo, switched, jack sockets. The S9 features contacts engineered with advanced, contact-tip-technology to accept the widest range of Far-Eastern plug shapes. It is right-angle mounted with PCB and solder-tag contact options and nose thread variants. A mono, switched version, the S6 is also available. Cliff’s S9 stereo jack sockets are widely used in educational equipment, mobile systems for exhibition audio tours and personal audio products.


Cliff now also offers a range of sealed ¼” jack sockets which minimises minimizes contact contamination due to dust and dirt commonly found in fan cooled equipment or products which are infrequently used and spend time in storage. Cliff sealed jack sockets are available with a full range of nose thread variations, connected earth ground and EMI / RFI washer variants. For further protection from dust ingress, captive hole caps may be specified to seal vacant sockets.


Optical jack sockets are also supplied by Cliff. Widely used in audiophile, professional audio and broadcast systems, optical connection provides high immunity to noise and crosstalk, ensuring high quality, audio interconnection between equipment. Cliff optical jack sockets conform to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1210 and also RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05 standards for digital audio interfaces including fibre-optic interconnections. Matching moulded molded optical lead assemblies are also available for use with all Cliff optical jacks.


Cliff is one of the longest established manufacturers of components and connectors for audio, engineering, instrumentation, medical, lighting and vending applications. John Hall, General Manager of CLIFF Electronics, comments; Cliff has been manufacturing jack sockets since 1964 and we are a recognised market leader in their design, development and manufacture.”.


Cliff jack sockets are used by major, global, audio equipment manufacturers in the music and broadcast industries. The company can offer customers a complete cable design and manufacturing service, including over-moulding, over-molding, to meet specific application requirements.


All of Cliff’s ¼ inch jack socket ranges include a large choice of nose options including metal. Users have a choice of fixing nut and washer options, higher temperature body material, all combinations of contact patterns and Ni-Ag alloy self-cleaning contacts for superior performance and reliability. Customers are able to specify the combinatins of switched and non-switched contacts, as well as options for chassis grounding and EMI / RFI screening.


Cliff’s flagship S2 and S4 ¼ inch audio jack sockets are used worldwide for premium audio, guitar amplifiers and foot-pedals. All standard jack socket options are available with customers also being able to specify internal or externally threaded noses in all variations of thread, nuts, washers and mounting accessories.


Cliff’s patented range of StackJack sockets allow two sockets to occupy the same PCB space as a single conventional socket. This offers increased printed circuit board density with greater reliability than vertical jacks for mono and stereo applications. Options include selection of stacking spacer thickness to accommodate flexible fixing choices.





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

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