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TRS connectors are probably by far the most common audio plug type for
consumer electronics in the market. They look like this:
This plug is probably the worst invention ever made in consumer
electronics. The problem wouldn't be so bad if the plug wasn't so widespread.
It's used in almost every single piece of consumer electronics that supports
sound. (The second most common plug type is probably the
but it's far behind in popularity, probably because it requires two relatively
bulky connectors for stereo sound.)
Why does this connector type suck? Because the socket (the "female" part)
breaks extremely easily. I probably don't have a single piece of audio
electronics which doesn't have this problem. So far I have had problems with
- The headphone plug on the front panel of my PC is so broken that I have
put an extension cord on it so that I don't have to break it further by
plugging and unplugging the headphones from it (which I have to do on
occasion, as I use the headphones for several devices). Still, it sometimes
loses a significant part of the audio and I have to wiggle the plug until
it works again.
- Ironically, the socket on the other end of this extension cord has started
to slightly malfunction as well (the audio on the left channel is severely
diminished and requires wiggling of the plug in order to make it work again).
- My PSP has the same problem. I have to be careful to not to touch the
connected plug, lest it go mute on one of the channels.
- Same problem with an iPod Touch I have had.
- If I connect my headphones to a Mac laptop I have and then unplug them,
the audio might not be restored to the speakers. (Apparently the device
doesn't always detect that the headphones have been unplugged. I don't know
if this is a problem with the connector, which it might well be, or with
something else in the system.)
- I have a set of desktop active speakers. The active element has a TRS
connector for headphones. Well, guess what. You guessed right.
- I have four male-to-male TRS converters. ALL of them have
serious problems in making a good connection.
The TRS connector is definitely one of the worst inventions in existence.
There exist far better connector types out there, including ones which do not
take any more physical space (so that they could be used in small devices).
I wonder if this is a deliberate case of
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