ES-8 Input/Output jacks quality

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ES-8 Input/Output jacks quality

Post by mbthey » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:11 pm

Just received my new ES-8 and was surprised that all of the jacks on the unit, unlike any other mini jacks I have ever used, don't just go in with a "click" but rather multiple crunches like each port is full of broken glass. Add to that, the cords come right out with barely any force and barely perceptible physical clicking or other such disengaging sounds/clicks/resistance etc. Each of the cables wobble much more when plugged in than others on my modular too.

Is this normal for these or?

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Re: ES-8 Input/Output jacks quality

Post by Adamalthus » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:34 pm

mbthey wrote:Just received my new ES-8 and was surprised that all of the jacks on the unit, unlike any other mini jacks I have ever used, don't just go in with a "click" but rather multiple crunches like each port is full of broken glass. Add to that, the cords come right out with barely any force and barely perceptible physical clicking or other such disengaging sounds/clicks/resistance etc. Each of the cables wobble much more when plugged in than others on my modular too.

Is this normal for these or?
I do love the ES-8 but I also share your concerns about the jacks. There’s no positive ‘lock’ when inserting a jack and they are both wobbly and far to easy to remove. I wonder if it’s something to do with the extra profile required for the light ring around each jack.

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Post by mbthey » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:54 pm

That's really unfortunate.

Because these jacks are just absolute junk IMO. Certainly not what one would expect after spending over $400.

Would love to have someone from expert sleepers explain why they think their customers deserve such cheap junk jacks.

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Post by karnpapon » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:07 am

just purchased both Disting and ES-8 ( Jan 2019 ), but don't even have a time to touch it yet, ran quickly to put the cable to test it after reading this, unfortunately it's TRUE!, it's relatively loose compare to the other modules, can't imagine if my case is vertically align. disappointed with the socket's quality, any other encounter this issue, how can you fix that? thanks in advance.

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Post by mbthey » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:46 am

It sure seems to me that the CLIFF jacks in my ES-8 are perhaps counterfeit.

I am unable to locate the same translucent jacks on CLIFF's website and the jacks used on my ES-8 have the letter "A" stamped on the bottom (seen through the bottom of the translucent jack body by looking in the hole from the back) as opposed to "Cliff UK" as described here-

http://www.cliffuk.co.uk/news/news20100611.htm

Whether that is the cause of issue I do not know, but I think I will definitely be returning my new ES-8 to the retailer.

$475 is a lot to spend having to deal with such crappy jacks.

Was really looking forward to the new functionality I could get with the ES-8, but I do not want to deal with broken stuff or potential quality issues down the road. Nor do I want cables falling out of their sockets during recordings or live sets.

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Re: ES-8 Input/Output jacks quality

Post by realeoin » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:47 am

I just received an ES-8 in the post and the exact same is true. These jacks are absolute garbage. I find it difficult to believe Os tried these himself and found them ok.

This has been going on for years as well. In late 2015 I bought an ESX-8GT to go with my ES-40

The plan being use it to trigger drum modules from my laptop in a live setting

The jacks were so loose and shitty I had to totally abandon the idea

I ended up keeping it because it was marginally useful with great tender care taken in using it in a home setup

What can be said for carefully replacing these jacks with a bit of DIY ?

Anyone ever tried this ? Possible ?

I honestly don't care much about the LED component of the jacks

Just wan't something with a secure fit

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