Without impacting functionality or flexibility, our assembly team has developed
a new method for building panel-mount 3.5mm stereo audio cables. Rather than
using heat-glue to secure the contacts and adding a shrink-wrap covering, all
female 3.5mm jacks will use rubber strain-relief boots.
These boots are more attractive and more durable than the shrink wrap, and do
not affect the mounting dimensions of the connector. We currently manufacture
all of our stereo panelmount cables in-house, but will soon be carrying moulded
cables from our overseas factories for stock lengths. The relief boots will
help minimize the aesthetic difference between custom cables and the stock ones,
moreso than the heat shrink would.
The products affected by this implementation include: