Snap Jack CablesThe Snap Jack is a precision-engineered cable that delivers noise-free dynamic sound. Unlike other cables, the Snap Jack allows for quick detachment when the cable is subjected to extensive tension. Neodymium magnets hold the jack intact and release only under extensive tension. So if you trip over the cord, the cable snaps away from the plug, effectively and quietly muting your signal, rather than noisily pulling out your cable or bringing your treasured instrument or lightweight amp crashing to the floor.
By purchasing optional cable ends, you can also use the Snap Jack for quick instrument changes. Instead of hitting a mute button or unplugging your cable at the amp, you can simply detach the Snap Jack, move the connector to the next instrument—which already has the connector end—and rejoin the plug and the cable. The cable uses oxygen-free copper (OFC) as a conductor. OFC is commonly used in audiophile cables and is more corrosion-resistant than normal copper wire. The gold-plated connecters are housed in beefy nickel-plated barrels that also contain the magnets.
A cable yank isn’t too common a gear problem, but it could be a gig-ending one. Jodavi’s detachable Zzyzx Snap Jack cable is an interesting solution, and it also offers a dead-quiet alternate to A/B boxes.