In the past, Din sockets were found on almost all audio equipment. These days, Din sockets have been largely superseded by RCA/phono connectors, with the notable exception of Naim Audio equipment. Naim Audio produce some truly wonderful hi-fi components and persist in using Din sockets both as inputs and outputs. All Naim components are supplied with Din terminated cables and many Naim retailers and Naim owners feel that these produce the best sound quality. In the case of a complete Naim system there can be a good argument for this. However, connect another manufacturer's CD player to a Naim amplifier and the equation changes. Chord are able to offer selected cables from their range with Din terminations and in many cases these are more than worth listening to.
The other brand of components for which there is still a steady demand for Din connected cables is Quad. The extraordinary reliability of their equipment means there is still a healthy demand for 5 pin connected Din cables. Older Quad equipment is fitted with 5 pin Din sockets as inputs on their preamps.
The design of the Chord Crimson cable makes it ideal for use with the 5 pin Dins. However, unlike the Crimson RCA, the Crimson Din cables are wired in a more conventional coax configuration, rather than the pseudo-balanced configuration of the RCA to RCA version. Crimson RCA/Din cables are ideal for connecting ancillary equipment such as Freeview boxes or DVD players to stereo systems where longer runs of cable may be needed. A 5 pin Din to 4 RCA/phono version is available to allow the connection of a tape recorder to the tape sockets on both Naim and Quad equipment.
The tonal characteristics of the Crimson cable make it a particularly good (and very cost effective) choice for use with older Din socket equipped Quad equipment.
-Chord Crimson 2 RCA to 5 Pin Din 1m
-Conductors: 10 x 0.09 mm Oxygen-free copper x 2
-Overall conductor diameter: 0.24 mm x 2
-Conductor insulation: Low density polyethylene
-Shields: 0.09 mm multi-strand oxygen-free copper
-Conductor spacers: Low density polyethylene 0.95mm x 2
-Outer Jacket: Soft PVC internal, extruded hard PVC outer jacket
-Overall diameter: 5.5 mm