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Having spent a salty, windy, and damp day at a raging Pacific Beach this weekend, I realized that I really had no decent way to protect my XLR connectors from sand; I had to hike with all my gear to the beach so I didn't have all the bits connected by the time I hit the dunes. I spent a lot of time carefully holding cables off the sand or knocking sand out of the female cable ends.
Anyone use XLR connector plugs/jacks/caps on their cables, and do they generally get the job done? I'd love to use 'em especially on cables where you can't just mate the female end to the matching male end, like stereo XLR's that terminate in a five-pin connector. Also, any other tips or suggestions for similar protection would be great!
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How about a sandwich bag and some gaff tape / bongo tie / rubber band? Kinda like the condom trick for keeping mics dry in water. Keeps the tape off the mic cable, has the potential to protect multiple ends at once, reusable, and cheap.
I've never really worried about this problem, but I could see in a harsh environment how it could be an issue. I like the idea of having some spare connectors in my bag to cap off the recorder inputs and cable ends. I keep a little can of Caig DeoxIT and canned air - both of those would be excellent to have in a salty/sandy environment. Also consider getting some of the Neutrik XX-HD connectors - even when connected, some connectors have enough gap to let dust and water in. Corrosion can spread up your cable and ruin it or, even worse, you could get corrosion inside of your recorder. Neutrik also makes the HD chassis connectors - wonder if it's worth voiding the warranty to put something heavier duty in than what comes stock.