The venerable 1/4" (6.35mm) phone plug has been with us for a long time – since 1878!
Something that has been around that long is bound to have a lot of different uses associated with it.
Yes, it's called a "phone" plug because...
The original use was as a convenient way to manually switch telephone lines at the central station (you know, those old-fashioned switchboard operators?).
As it relates to audio and professional live sound systems, the 1/4" plug is used for 5 primary functions:
The first four cables may look exactly...
When you work with live sound, you're going to deal with a lot of different audio cables.
And sometimes those cables break.
The most common cable problem can actually happen inside of the connectors at either end of the cable where individual wires can become physically detached from the connection points.
This can happen for several reasons, but here are the 3 most common causes: