Pro Audio Cables | Hicon Audio Connectors

Pro Audio Cables | Hicon Audio Connectors

Hicon Audio Connectors

HICON is a German company which produces high-quality connectors and components in Germany, other European countries and Taiwan. HICON is very innovative, and the company provides complex custom solutions for the media technology sector.

HICON offers a vast variety of high-quality connectors at fair prices.

HICON connectors are well known for their high number of mating cycles and secure handling. Countless TV and broadcasting stations. Hold Hicon with greate regarded.

Ensure long-lasting and dependable quality; mating cycles are mechanically tested for the number mating cycles with a machine custom-made by SOMMER·TECHNIK.

We offer a 5-year warranty on HICON connectors!
When buying connectors, it's always essential to purchase a quality brand, because the contacts of inferior connectors often have high impedances, thereby diminishing or negating the benefits of a suitable cable.

Key features to look for:

  • A proper gold-plating or coating (cheap connectors often have only a gold-coloured lacquer finish!)

  • Solid pins with no gaps due to rivets, pressing, low contact-resistance

HICON connectors are designed by specialized connector professionals, collaborating with experienced SOMMER CABLE.


The HICON XlR connectors (Mark 11) employ a modern and slimmer design to offer some clever technical details. The most prominent visible feature of this connector is the new number of grips on the side (now three instead of 5). A guiding groove helps prevent unwanted '). Tilting of the inlet, thereby speeding up cable assembly. A second guiding groove on the housing prevents the numbered code rings (available as an option) from slipping.

The reinforced strain relief provides more excellent stability, having been made 15% stronger in the new version. If your cable is of a smaller gauge, you have the option of ordering an alternative strain relief for cables with a diameter under 3.6 mm (0.124") for a tighter grip. This strain relief is especially beneficial in the assembly of multipair fanouts.

The HICON connectors are received very well in the audio and industry sector. Our customers value the straightforward design, the high quality and the appropriate pricing structure. The "Designed in Germany" XlR connectors of the PRO series, the HI·XCM3 and HI·XCF3, are very robust, exceedingly well crafted, have a reliable 6-jaw chuck strain relief and are quick and very easy to solder. The standard strain relief (for cable 0 from 4.0 mm to 8.5 mm/ 0.157" to 0.335") offers significant benefits over other systems:

HICON BASIC standard strain relief systems

  • The strain relief force is about twice as high as in conventional methods, yet the cable is protected.

  • Even with large cable diameters, the effect of the chuck jaws is spread over a large area, whereas with other connectors the soft PVC of the microphone cable is often squeezed out at the side.

For cable diameters < 4 mm/ 0.157" please order the HI·XSR40 strain relief accessory. The HI·X3CM·G and HI·X3CF-G versions come with both strain reliefs to handle any cables with a diameter from 2.0 mm to 8.5 mm

HICON PRO strain relief (0.079" to 0.335"). The inclusion of both gives you added flexibility for assembling any necessary cables on site during installation.

New to our product line is the economically priced, very compact BASIC versionsHI·X3CM·V  and HI·X3CF·V for the assembly of budget audio cables, featuring a standard 3-jaw chuck strain relief, nickel plated or black, non-conductive metal shell, a sturdy plastic cap and the transparent ring for subsequent labelling.

HICON XLR connector HI-MARLIN, splash and dustproof IP67*

A true all-rounder is the ergonomic HI-MARLIN XLR connector from HICON.

These HICON HI-MARLIN XLR connectors, which are splashproof and dustproof according to IP67*, repel a direct water jet or infiltrating moisture, and can be submerged in water without compromising function.

Many professional audio cables feature a gas injected foam insulation, which is why standard chuck strain reliefs will often crush the delicate wire insulation, thereby affecting the electrical values.

The lamellar seal with an internal rubber grommet offers the perfect solution. The pressure of the strain relief is evenly spread over the cable diameter and squeezes no dents into the jacket and insulation material.

The locking technology is very convenient and extremely durable. It has no long spring travels and sits in the locking knob instead of the contact base, as is usually the case. It is guaranteeing a smooth and fuss-free installation or cable assembly.
These connectors are saltwater and UV-resistant and loyal companions in particularly wet conditions such as installation in amusement parks, near the coast, in the shipbuilding industry, with outdoor festivities like Christmas markets, state or county fairs, skiing events, under sediment,

Available in 3- and 5-pole versions I included as part of pre-assembled waterproof microphone cables or AES! EBU cables. See the chapter "Ready-made Cables".


  • Installation at outdoor events, in shipbuilding, skiing events,

  • Permanent connections in coastal areas


  • No infiltration of water, dirt, moisture, or sand

  • Impervious to water and dust according to IP67*

  • Efficient handling, grips well, plugs and unplugs smoothly

  • AES/EBU compliant (no contact vibration)

  • Strain relief is especially protective of the cable

  • A high number of mating cycles due to the smart design of its zero-wear locking mechanism

  • Fast and easy cable assembly


Phone plugs have to satisfy a lot of very different expectations. While the guitarist prefers a heavy and robust connector, the studio technician needs a small, inconspicuous plug that won't take up too much space on densely populated patch bays.

Especially popular with guitar players is the black American-style HICON HI-J63M04 which can easily take a fat guitar cable or a speaker cable with a large diameter. It is fitted with a robust solid tip and sleeve, with dependable clamping strain relief.


Because of their low contact resistances, HICON HI-J63M and HI-J63M03 are frequently used for high-end guitar cables.
A real highlight is the TRICONE XXL phone plug HI-J63TC-SM, featuring an easy and fast solderless DIY installation, perfect for all on-site assemblies.

The new HICON HI-J63MP-B and HI-J63SP-B phone plug offer the same quality which not only makes its "big brother" HI-J63M or the stereo version HI-J63S unique but also has a standard 3-chuck collet strain relief instead of the usual HICON 4-Chuck type. The shell is non-conductive, the tip is conventional rather than gold-plated, and instead of the metal cap, we now use a robust sealing cap made of plastic. Furthermore, the new phone plugs feature transparent rings for subsequent labelling or colour coding.


Little big man These 3.5 mm/ 1/8" mini phone connectors are used in many compact devices like MP3 players, sound cards, body packs.

The HICON range offers an array of versions with these unique features:

  • screw lock for mobile applications (e.g., bodypacks)

  • a comprehensive cable gland (for twin cables or thick cables)

  • chuck strain relief (for high tensile forces)

  • 6.3 mm /1/4" screw adapter (for headphones.)

  • 90° angled

All versions come with genuine gold-plated solid pins and a 5-year warranty.


Before buying an RCA/phono connector, you should always make sure to purchase a brand quality, because inferior connectors often have high contact impedances and low attenuation values, thus negating the benefits of a right audio cable.

Features of quality connectors:

  • Proper gold-plating or coating. Low-cost connectors often have only a lacquer finish

  • A stable continuous pin with no gaps caused by rivets, pressing

  • Low contact resistances

The HICON HI-eM09, HI·CM13 and HI-eM18 RCA/phono connectors have a collet lock fixture to ensure optimal contact. Slightly unscrew the housing, insert the phono plug into its intended jack and then rotate the housing backward again (with HI-eM09 forward). The plug will be held so firmly and securely in place that it will come off only upon unscrewing the housing.
Owing to the high quality of the HICON RCA / phono series, HICON includes a 5·year warranty on these connectors!


The Elektrolabor Rcllps developed by the Hirschmann GmbH company back in 1926 is regarded as the predecessor of modern banana connectors, which owe their name to their banana-shaped leaf-spring tip. To this day, the 4 mm/ 0.157" version can be found in almost all premium-grade hi-fi loudspeaker connections. The HICON fork-type cable lugs provide an optimal clamp connection to your loudspeaker terminals. All HICON banana connectors and cable lugs are hard gold-plated and guarantee low contact resistance values.