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Connecting cable for AR amps, receivers, and tuners (A-06, X-06, T-04, etc.)

I've had an AR A-06 amp for many years and just now acquired a tuner with the remote--but no connecting cable! The jack on each component is the same: circular, with a rectangular notch at the top, and seven peripheral slots surrounding a central slot. It's in the same family as a PS/2 interface--but not quite the same, alas.

There are good pictures of the remote jack at two eBay auction pages: (1) , and (2) . The first page has a supersized photo with a great closeup. I have looked at the service manuals here at hifiengine, but being a layman, I can't identify enough information to make myself understood at Radio Shack!

I would greatly appreciate information or guidance from anyone.



Connecting cable for AR A-06, X-06, T-04, etc.

As you can see, I'm not well informed as to how to post links either! Maybe this will work (fingers crossed):

(1) and (2)

AR COMPONENTS

HI! AR OWNER,, I WAS THE TECHNICIAN ON THE FLOOR AT AR IN CANTON,MASS, USA, I WAS INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN OF THE X- SERIES OF COMPONENTS, AND P-10,, I CANNOT RECALL THE CABLE YOU ARE MENTIONING, OR JACKS,, I WOULD NEED A CLOSE UP PHOTO,, MAY HAVE BEEN A EUROPEAN MODEL DESIGN, DAVE VAZQUEZ C.L.M.T. AR TECH RETIRED!!!!.

Connecting cable for AR A-06, X-06, T-04, etc.

Dear Dave (if I may): Thanks for replying. Did you see the follow-up I posted to my request? I managed there to get the coding right to link to the two eBay pages where enlarged photos could be accessed. Since I don't own a digital camera (I'm too old for new tricks; I don't own a cell phone, either), I can't post photos of my own units. I thought the two linked photos would be big enough, actually (here's a third; click through to the enlargement).

I've learned since I posted the request for help that the jack requires an 8-pin DIN connector (not a miniDIN, so I was told and so photos of the pin arrangement confirm). I've also been told that they are as scarce as hen's teeth. A web search certainly supports that view.

As for the components themselves, my A-06 was released as part of the first wave of AR's mid-80s attempt to get back into the electronics game. It came out at precisely the same time as the X-06 and X-10 receivers (was there an X-4, too? I can't remember), the A-04 integrated amp, the T-04 tuner, a CD player (can't recall the numerical designation), and the C-06 and P-10 separates. A few years later there was a second wave, most of whose components had odd numbers rather than even (there was also a T-06 tuner, but that may have been built and marketed only in the UK).

Only the tuners, the CD player, and the receivers came with remotes, but the first two also came with a cable (terminated with 8-pin DIN plugs) that, when connected to one of the integrated amps or the C-06 preamp, allowed the entire system to be operated remotely. If you had the tuner and the CD player and an A-06 or a C-06, there were two connecting cables hooked up. (Why I—a no longer young man who never worked in the audio industry, as you did—still remember so much of this stuff is something that's not easy to explain to most sane people.)

I don't know how much this added information helps. I forgot to mention, by the way, that I have also written to Carlos Moniz at AB Tech, but he has neither the remote nor the cable on his shelves.

Any help you can give would be very much appreciated.

Tom McCarthy

P.S. Here is a closeup of an 8-pin DIN jack (on the left in the photo). It's about double the size of a miniDIN jack.

DIN PLUG

TOM,, A CABLE CAN BE MADE UP FOR THE MINI DIN PLUG, FROM THE PICTURES GIVEN,, THIS WOULD NOT EFFECT THE OPERATION OF THESE UNITS,, I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY,, OR HAVE ANY AROUND ,, BUT SOMEBODY QUALIFIED CAN MAKE UP ONE,, THANKS! DAVE

DIN plug

Thanks, Dave. As you may have seen, Steven has told me he's got a few DIN-terminated cables lying around. Fortunately for me, I'm not the only person who doesn't discard everything that seems to have outlived its usefulness.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tom