Recently I've had to do some maintenance on some lav mics. Two of my Sanken COS-11D microphones that are wired with a TA5 connector had the plastic shells of the connectors cracked open from being pushed on from the sides. Rather than just replacing those connectors with the same thing, I decided to try something new. I replaced those connectors with some Cable Techniques TA5 low profile "right angle" connectors. I added a little heat shrink for extra cable strain relief and to make sure there was good grip to the connector. So far I'm very pleased with the results! The low profile connector is half the length of the original, which dramatically reduces the amount of pressure and leverage when it gets pressed on from the side. Also, the exposed connector is mostly metal, and the plastic end on it is at least twice as thick as the plastic of the original connector's shell. I don't consider the change in the angle of the cable exiting the transmitter to be significant. It's arguably better for some wardrobe and worse for others, but the same is true of the original.
Dave Burt is a career audio engineer and is currently working as a freelance Production Sound Mixer.