What Types Of 3.5mm Audio Cables Exist?

Stereo audio cables with 3.5mm plugs and jacks are designed to connect headphones and earbuds to devices that offer audio output, such as PC sound cards, mini stereo audio devices, portable CD players, DVD players, MP3 players and televisions.

A diverse and premium audio standard, here are the different types of 3.5mm audio cable out there.

Mini Plug to RCA

These cables connect iPods and stereos to computers. One end of the cable has the 3.5mm end, and the other end features two color coded RCA plugs. The two plugs optimize signals to provide better performance.

Female Jack to RCA

This cable features a female 3.5mm connector at one end, and two RCA connectors on the other end. That is the RCA to female jack design.

Mini Plug to Female RCA

One end features a mini 3.5mm connector. One the other end there are two female RCA connectors, which allow male RCA connectors to be inserted.

Stereo Headphone Jack Splitter

One end has a 3.5mm male connector which plugs into the audio device. The other end has two female 3.5mm connectors, which allows for two sets of headphones to be connected. While this cable splits the sound, only one stereo signal is transmitted, so that there is no stereo sound in the headphones.

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3.5mm to 3 RCA

This cable can be used to connect cameras and camcorders, as it connects audio and video signals. One end contains a male 3.5mm connector. The other end features three male RCA connectors, used to transfer audio signals and video signals.

RCA to 3.5mm Mono

These cables feature a mono 3.5 mm connector on one end, and a RCA connector on the other end. The connectors on an RCA to 3.5mm cable are gold plated, and are used to connect mono audio output to a sound mixer.

Headphone Extension Cables

These cables are used to increase the length of the headphone cable. One end of the cable features a 3.5mm connector, and the other end features a female connector. These cables vary in length, from 6 feet to 100 feet, and they do not water down the quality of the audio signal. Extension cables are useful especially if the user is watching television and does not want the sound to disturb others.

Patch Cables

These cables can range from 3 feet to 100 feet, and are used to connect a variety of audio devices. A popular use for this type of 3.5mm cable is to connect MP3 players to car stereo systems. The cable features male 3.5mm connectors on both ends.

PrimeCables.ca carries all these varieties of 3.5mm jacks, connectors, cables, and adapters. Any time you need 3.5mm, don’t hesitate to stop by and check out our website for more info on what to buy.

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