DIN Cable Assemblies

DIN cables are a type of electrical cable used in a wide range of applications, allowing various devices and equipment to be easily connected. DIN cables that feature a DIN connector allow them to plug into a compatible interface.

How do DIN cables work?

DIN cables commonly consist of a wire with a DIN connector attached. These connectors often feature a protective metal skirt that contains several straight round pins. The skirt is placed specifically to allow the plug to be inserted in only one orientation to prevent damage to the pins. Then, the DIN connector is plugged into an interface to ensure a secure connection. An example of an interface used would be two different controllers, a mouse and computer and inbound/outbound audio devices.

Where are DIN cables used?

DIN cables have been used for many years and were once the commonly accepted cable standard for a wide range of electrical devices. Depending on the pattern and number of pins will determine which kind of application the cable will be suitable for. DIN cables are often used to connect devices such as:

  • Stereos
  • Amplifiers
  • Computers
  • Keyboards
  • MIDI interface with instruments
  • Controllers and radio-controlled appliances

Types of DIN Cables and Assemblies

There are a range of DIN cables available, each with different pin profiles to suit various applications. The three most common types include:

  • Five-pin DIN cables feature five pins arranged in a circular pattern. This type of connector was commonly used for older AT-style computer keyboards.
  • Six-pin mini DIN is most commonly used to connect a mouse or keyboard to a computer.
  • Eight-pin DIN has eight pins arranged in three rows and is typically used in portable video devices.

Are DIN Cables the Same as XLR Cables?

Although similar in appearance, DIN cables and XLR cables have distinct features and are each best suited to different applications. DIN cables are commonly used to support an interface that is single ended, whereas XLR support a balanced interface. In an audio-based application, DIN cables are ideal for carrying a signal to both left and right channels, whereas an XLR will carry to right or left channel only.


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Description Price Connector A Connector B Length Sheath Colour Cable Type Current Rating Outer Sheath Material Size of Strands Standards Met Voltage Rating
RS Stock No. 463-518
BrandRS PRO
TWD350.00
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8-Way Male Moulded Plug Unterminated 2m Black Non-Terminated Black DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - - 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 463-546
BrandRS PRO
TWD435.00
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6-Way Male Moulded Plug 6-Way Female Moulded Plug 2m Black Moulded Plug DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - UL Listed 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 742-4276
BrandRS PRO
TWD105.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 2m Black Audio Video Cable - PVC 7/0.12 - -
RS Stock No. 463-552
BrandRS PRO
TWD229.00
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8-Way Male Moulded Plug 8-Way Female Moulded Plug 2m Black Moulded Plug DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - UL Listed 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 427-503
Mfr. Part No.110-028-919
BrandVan Damme
TWD493.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN Female BNC x 2 150mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 463-495
BrandRS PRO
TWD205.00
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4-Way Male Moulded Plug Free End 2m Black Free End DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - UL Listed 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 463-502
BrandRS PRO
TWD261.00
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6-Way Male Moulded Plug Free End 2m Black Free End DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - UL Listed 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 742-4270
BrandRS PRO
TWD128.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 3m Black Audio Video Cable - PVC 7/0.12 - -
RS Stock No. 742-4282
BrandRS PRO
TWD234.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 10m Black Audio Video Cable - PVC 7/0.12 - -
RS Stock No. 742-4286
BrandRS PRO
TWD323.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 15m Black Audio Video Cable - PVC 7/0.12 - -
RS Stock No. 427-492
Mfr. Part No.110-180-929
BrandVan Damme
TWD1,354.00
Each
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 20m Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 742-4273
BrandRS PRO
TWD80.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 1m Black Audio Video Cable - PVC 7/0.12 - -
RS Stock No. 410-911
BrandRS PRO
TWD625.00
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- - 5m - Audio Video Cable - PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 427-525
Mfr. Part No.110-024-929
BrandVan Damme
TWD272.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 1m Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 463-489
BrandRS PRO
TWD211.00
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3-Way Male Moulded Plug Free End 2m Black Free End DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - UL Listed 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 724-1150
BrandRS PRO
TWD349.00
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9-Pin Male Moulded Plug Free End 2m White Free End DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - - 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 179-2211
Mfr. Part No.CORDON MINIDIN 6 M/M 6M
BrandCafca
TWD1,223.00
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6-Pin Male Mini-DIN 6-Pin Male Mini-DIN 6m - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 742-4295
BrandRS PRO
TWD399.00
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4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 4-Pin Male Mini-DIN 20m Black Audio Video Cable - PVC 7/0.12 - -
RS Stock No. 463-530
BrandRS PRO
TWD221.00
Each
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4-Way Male Moulded Plug 4-Way Female Moulded Plug 2m Black Moulded Plug DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - UL Listed 50 V ac/dc
RS Stock No. 232-8906
BrandRS PRO
TWD463.00
Each
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9-Way Male Moulded Plug Free End 2m Black Free End DIN Cable Assembly 1 A ac/dc PVC - - 50 V ac/dc