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This page gives information on wiring various Din connectors for various purposes including MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) connections.
DIN is short for Deutsches Insitut für Normung eV, the standards setting organization for Germany. A DIN connector is a connector that conforms to one of the many standards defined by DIN. DIN connectors are used widely in Hi-Fi, Audio Visual, Music and in Computers. For example, the keyboard connector for a PC is a DIN connector, as is the connector on a MIDI lead and an S-Video lead.
Whilst professionally made cables normally give better results than home made, if you wish to make or repair your own cables the information below should help:
Although the body is typically round, there is no shroud and it simply has one wide spade type of terminal and one round terminal. The round pin is wired to the positive side of the amplifier output, the spade terminal to the negative:
Pin -> + (Positive)
Spade -> – (Negative)
Leads Direct can supply both 2 pin DIN speaker leads and if required the connectors to make your own.
If you prefer, we can make Custom Leads to your specific requirements, so that you get exactly what you need.
There is no ‘standard’ pinout for 5 pin DIN audio connections, but there is a common configuration. Viewed from the solder side of the plug, or from the face of the socket on the amplifier:
Pin 1 -> Left in
Pin 2 -> Signal ground
Pin 3 -> Left out
Pin 4 -> Right in
Pin 5 -> Right out
Vintage manufacturers that commonly used this audio configuration include Amstrad, Bang & Olufsen, Classic, Marantz, Naim, Quad, Sanyo and many others.
DIN connections are no longer used for audio connections, with all modern Hi-Fi equipment having moved to using the RCA Phono pair as the connecting lead. However, Leads Direct can supply a wide range of Custom Leads to suit your audio connection requirements. Our friendly team will help you to determine your needs if required.
Midi cables use a 180º 5 pin DIN connector with a single locating lug in the body, but only uses three of the pins. The cable should be screened with an overall Lap Screen. Pin 2 is connected to the Shield (also known as Screen or Earth) and the other pins are connected straight through:
Our Standard and Oxygen Free Midi leads and cables are manufactured using this pin layout. Note that a few Midi products use one or two additional pins for their own purposes, and which case you should use a Standard 5 pin DIN pinout instead. There is no problem with having the extra connections if they are unused.
Our Moulded Midi leads and cables use this layout with all pins connected, so they can also be used for Audio and Musical applications.
DIN 41612 standard describes multipin connectors that are often used as ‘backplane’ connectors, provding data transport between network equipment, such as routers and switches.
The connectors may have up to three rows of contacts, each with 16 or 32 columns, which allows for 16, 32, 48, 64 or 96 contacts on a 0.1 inch (2.54 mm) grid pitch. The female connectors have IDC contacts rather than solder contacts, which helps to prevent heat damage to backplane equipment during installation.
A combination version of the connector (known as Type M) allows for a range of additional connections including RF, signal and power connections to be included in the same connector.
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