NEUTRIK has announced the addition of a new STARDUST Edition to its silentPLUG family of connectors. offering a black appearance — the first time silentPLUG has been offered without red highlights– while incorporating all the family’s latest features such as a two-compound, slip proof housing, reduced weight, and protection of its internal components.
silentPLUG is desgined to prevent pops, rattling, and squealing noises when plugging and unplugging instruments. Like its NP2XX-SILENT sibling, the STARDUST Edition operates via a spring-loaded, retracting ring on the plug finger that connects to an internal reed switch. When the ring is in its forward position, with no instrument plugged in, the reed switch shorts the tip and sleeve contacts.
In this mode, no signal passes, therefore avoiding the pops, hum, squeals, and other noises typically associated with plugging in an instrument. Once the plug is nearly completely inserted into the instrument’s jack, the silentPLUG ring begins to retract, becoming fully retracted as the plug seats into the jack. At that point, the reed switch unshorts the tip and sleeve contacts, allowing signal to pass normally.
Fred Morgenstern, VP Technology for Neutrik Americas, says, “I love this new, premium variation. Its starry black housing looks so classy that it just begs to be paired onstage with either your finest tuxedo or your most hardcore black metal wear. You’ve got to see the subtle stardust sparkle in person. It looks great in photos, but those don’t do justice to the elegant beauty of the carbon graphene compound that NEUTRIK has developed for this product.”
The silentPLUG STARDUST Edition is available for ordering now as part number NP2XX-SILENT-0.