The name “7/16 DIN connector” comes from the size of the inner and outer contacts in metric measurements. The inner contact on the 7/16 DIN connector measures 7mm while the outer contact on the connector measures 16 mm. Designed for communications systems, the 7/16 DIN connector can work with equipment with as much as 100 watts of power per channel.
7/16 DIN connectors are used in a variety of applications around the world. Some of these applications include: antennas, base stations, satellite communications, and other high power communications applications.
There are currently three different types of 7/16 DIN connector cables available. These range from corrugated cable, which is manufactured as Annular or Superflex, to standard cable connectors, to custom cable connectors.
7/16 DIN connectors offer a variety of benefits over other audio and communications cables. They are low VSWR (Voltage Standing Wave Ratio) for excellent audio performance. They are easy to install with or without the use of tools and wrenches. Their design prevents dust or other debris from interfering with the contacts. 7/16 DIN connectors also come in a variety of different materials, including silver plated contacts, which provide for a large amount of conductivity, improved performance, and corrosion resistance.
What is a DIN Connector?
DIN connectors were originally standardized by the Deutsches Institut fur Normung, also known as the German national standards organization. These connectors and cables come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all were originally standardized by the same group – hence the name, DIN.
The connectors standardized as DIN are most commonly found in audio and video devices made in Europe and throughout the world. Found in products from the radios in Mercedes-Benz to the speaker setups made by Bang & Olufsen, there is a DIN connector in a large variety of audio and video devices manufactured in Germany using either analog or digital signals.