Oyaide has just released a new line of AC and IEC plugs. It's been more than a decade since they launched their original lineup of premium AC and IEC plugs, so it is nice to see that they are not resting on their laurels.
The three model lineup consists of the AP/C-004, 037 and the 029. Sharp eyed readers will notice that two models models has been omitted, the 046 and 079. So, that leaves you with the two choices of plating, silver / rhodium, and platinum / palladium.
Here is a quick comparison table :-
Model Blade Material Plating
029 Brass None
037 Phosphor Bronze Silver / Rhodium
004 Beryllium Copper Platinum / Palladium
Oyaide and their local dealer X-Audio were kind enough to supply me with their new plugs, as well as the original versions for comparison purposes, and enough bulk cable (Oyaide Black Mamba V2) to hook everything up. Me old fingers will take a while to strip and terminate everything, so please be patient in the meantime.
|Comparison of the armored AP-004 (top) with it's predecessor, the P-004|
|Teardown of the AP-004|
|A close-up view of the front housing|
|The new "floating" cable clamp|
|Cable clamp of the P-004|