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    Has anyone tried these RCA connectors from monoprice? They are right about the same price (if you purchase 20) as the popular Rean NYS373 but actually appear to have a proper strain relief. My previous favorite switchcraft model is no longer available from the inexpensive source I found before. My favorite model for home audio use (made by Atlona) is no longer produced so I am back to square one. As a backup I ordered several Rean NYS352BGs which appear to be identical to the NYS373 minus the worthless plastic strain relief and color coded stripe option.
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    The strain relief on my 373's is spring metal, but there is a plastic chuck in there that bites the wire.....

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    Maybe I used some different ones back when I tried the Reans (or maybe I didn't use them properly). I can't remember for sure if it was the 373 or not, I just remember the damn strain relief was unusable. I was also hell bent on using coax cable for RCAs at the time which was a lot larger diameter. Now that I am using Gepco mic cable pretty much exclusively I may need to try the 373s again. Hell, I'm going to order some now and give them another shot.
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    Nevermind, I'm not going to order them. For once I decided to tear into my stash and see if I still had any of the old RCA connectors that I tried hanging around before just jumping online and buying more. The Rean NYS373s that I have definitely do not have a metal strain relief. It is a plastic chuck style strain relief only. I remember it being difficult to use and very flimsy so I didn't use it. They may have changed now or, if I recall correctly, they changed a couple years ago when they went from being branded Neutrik to Rean. Anyway, here is one that I pulled out just for reference:




    That black piece to the right is the only strain relief this thing came with. It is just a wonky piece of plastic.
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    Does the plastic relief have like a rubber hole in it? Like the neutrik 1/4 inch connectors?

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    Ya, it does. Sorry the photos above are kinda dark.

    Edit: The rubber assembly is actually attached to the connector body itself. The plastic chuck doesn't have a rubber hole.
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    Here is a better photo:

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    that is not a shitty strain relief, if the cable fits correctly that fucker is going NOWHERE.

    Now, my metal spring 373's require a band of heat shrink on 61801 for it to bite into.

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    that is not a shitty strain relief, if the cable fits correctly that fucker is going NOWHERE.

    Now, my metal spring 373's require a band of heat shrink on 61801 for it to bite into.

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