| 1. Now I understand that each phono plug socket has two solder tags.
| Aha. Current set-up doesn't have the shielding connected at all.
That explains a lot :-0
| 2. My original intention was to use the junction box as a sort of
| permanent patch panel. In a 3-socket pair connection I thought it
| would save me soldering two wires to each tag in the middle socket.
| My impression from all the posts is that this is probably not a good
You probably won't get two wires into each phono plug because the cables
will be bigger than the hole in the plug.
Remember I said you can join two stereo phono leads together end-end using a
Twin Phono Coupler QT64U? You could use two of Two Into One Adapter YW39N to
join each lead together and give you a plug to go into equipment in the
Much better would be to use a Phono Socket 6-Way JH95D at 99p which is 6
phono sockets mounted on a paxolin panel. Common together the sockets in two
rows of 3 and mount the panel on (thinks: what did I use last time?) an old
flat tobacco tin. You will then have two rows (L and R) of commoned sockets
into which you can plug your kitchen lead, your lounge lead, and a lead to
your cellar equipment.
| 3. Connecting the shielding at both ends or at one end. Some
| divergent views.
If you use the Phono Socket 6 way to make your little patch panel and you
find after setting it up you want to disconnect the screen, you can just cut
the commoning link on the back of the panel which will be much easier than
remaking the cable connections. Much easier to reinstate the continuous
screening later if you need to, too.