The Star-line connectors are some of the best value for money RCA style plugs we have come across. They combine an excellent choice of materials, some of the most efficient RCA design principles to date and good build quality while they remain affordable.
Star-line is not a brand name but a patented design.. It is described this way because of its star-shaped insulation which forms the backing/collar of the ground pin. Over the past 8 years, this identical star-line design has appeared on numerous branded RCA products (MS audio, Graham Nalty / Black Rhodium, AECO etc). Dozens of audio companies who outsource connectors are currently using the star-line RCAs re-branded and sold on their own products at various prices.
Starlines are designed, patented and produced by AECO. The AECO factory produces them and distributes them as OEM & ODM products in various versions but more recently they have started selling them under their own brand name, too.
The Starline RCAs effectively use the same principles that were introduce by Keith Louis Eichmann on his ETI “Bullet Plug” featuring a low mass, single point ground design. Despite their minimal appearance, these connectors will perform much better than their price suggests. In our opinion they are the best RCA connectors that are available in this price range and we would highly recommend them for any hi-fidelity cable.
The Starline RCAs can be available with a wide range of materials. The OEM versions we offer, feature a hollow central, signal pin made of Tellurium copper and a ground pin made of pure copper. These are available with gold, silver or rhodium plating. There is the option to have these plugs with either a metal housing or with a plastic one. We can also offer the option of a fully grounded metal housing which achieves full shielding from EMI/RFI, not only by reflection but also by conducting any unwanted energy to the ground.