Having previously tried cheaper brands of XLR connector, and learned my lesson the hard-way, I returned to Neutrik and was not disappointed. XLR connectors are not all made equal and, especially for more than three pins, it's worth paying a little more for the increased robustness. Cheaper makes often won't tolerate re-soldering well and/or have inferior plastic parts that melt or split easily costing more in the long-run. I've even had some that don't mate correctly with chassis sockets because of poor tolerances on the shell dimensions. Stick with Neutrik !