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The Oyaide range of RCA and XLR connectors undergo attention to detail like no other in the hi-fi industry.
“These connectors are not merely high grade; every step is taken to realise ‘State of the Art’ audio” say Oyaide themselves.
“Every one of our products is totally ‘made in Japan’, even down to the most minute component; all so we can maintain our high standard of quality and reliability. It is essential to have every production system under our direct and strict control. Our products are for a special and demanding market, where minute vibration from a loose connection or due to imperfect choice of material could become a vital failure. We carefully design each and every component for ease of assembling, simplicity and safety. We carefully select materials for superior sound quality, durability and reliability. For that requirement, cost factor is secondary. We are proud to present true value-for-money products for your enjoyment.
We enhance our product quality by paying careful attention to each detail of structural characteristic, texture and appearance. Only when such details are integrated successfully is a product completed perfectly. At Oyaide, we spare no effort in spending time on those creative works: it took a whole year for us from the first stage of product planning to complete the Focus 1 XLR connector. The design is inspired by the appearance of a lens on a camera, which represents the subtle and exquisite sound image of the Focus 1. As a result of the integration of high-quality sound and efficient design, a masterpiece XLR plug was produced through the uncompromising spirit and technical know-how of Oyaide Electric.”
Features of the Focus 1 XLR connector, in Oyaide’s own words:-
One-touch push-pull function is the entirely-new locking system. You can lock just by inserting Focus 1 into the inlet and unlock by pulling the tip ring. Ball-bearing system, manufactured by ultra-precision machining, is employed for its locking mechanism. These functions deliver smooth and absolute plug connection.
In addition, an innovative idea is utilised for the contact of Focus 1. The No.1 contact pin (earth) is 3mm longer than other pins, so that it contacts fast for the purpose of protection from POP noise at the moment of connection. Furthermore, bladed cable clump is employed for cable fixture. By applying this clumping system, it is possible to connect chassis ground and stabilise cable simultaneously.
Due to its 12mm install cable O.D. (when cable bushing is removed), it gives infinite possibilities for DIY enthusiasts; and its tapered insertion hole makes cable installation easier and avoids cable disconnection by bending. Furthermore, a rubber ring which is installed at the junction of the body and housing acts as vibration damper and loosening protector.
The contact pins of Focus 1 are made from phosphor bronze bar that is precisely shaped by CNC machining. After careful machine barrelling, silver (inner) and rhodium (outer) are directly plated on them. Then, the pins are moulded into highly rigid 30% glass-filled PBT, which insures high-speed vibration attenuation. The body and housing, processed by CNC machining, are high-density and have a high shielding performance compared to an existing lost-wax processed body. For its surface treatment, hard chrome-plating is coated like the body of camera.
The design of Focus 1 is inspired by the appearance of a lens on a camera, which projects a subtle and exquisite image. For the identification of left and right channels, blue and red Swarovski rhinestones are enchased in the surface of its body. The beauty of its body design and the brilliance of Swarovski enhance the appeal of this product and produce a sense of expectancy.”
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