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6ft 3.5mm Stereo Plug/Plug M/M Cable - Black
The 3.5mm (1/8") stereo TRS connector is more commonly known as the Headphone Jack on portable mp3 players and mobile phones. This cable features a male 3.5mm stereo (TRS) plug on each end, with molded connector housings and strain relief boots. The cable is ideal for connecting a stereo audio output, such as an mp3 player or phone, to a stereo audio input, such as the auxiliary input on a car stereo system.
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Con: Bad metal contact material, not for uninformed users.
Use contact grease, Silicone grease, or Teflon grease (Radio Shack). **Absolutely** no ordinary grease, auto grease. Curiously, auto engine oil maybe OK. [Note: Not responsible for damage.]
Thinly coat the contact (the jack or the plug), to prevent metal contact separation, or future metal oxide forming that causes intermittent problems (manifest as click and pops, 'shorts', hum, etc.)
The low price provides fun and enjoyment for cheap, poor, unaffordable people like me.
Bad metal contact material is especially frequent for ear phone jacks and plugs. It is not immune to name brands.
This design "spec" problem is really an abuse in quality control. The spring pressure on the contact, and contact area are specified in the design.
If the contact metal quality is lowered, the spring pressure may not be high enough to hold the contact for reliable conduction. Worse, metal oxide, an insulator, forms over time, encroaches on the contact slowly, creating acute intermittent contact problem in the future.
Many makers, relentlessly being push to providing lower cost, simply change the plating material (very important).
When dis-similar metal types are in contact, it may form semiconductor junction that is not true electrical contact (manifest as hum and low bandwidth).
Many makers resort to superficial metal color to sell. Gold color is not Gold. A large physical metal size for the plug, and thick cable are do the selling (plastic is much cheaper than precious metal). But the underlying material engineering design is lacking.
PROS: decent build quality
CONS: At least as shipped to me recently, this is an unshielded cable! The description recommends it for connecting ipods, etc., to other audio devices. Since the cable is not shielded, it should NOT be used for this type of application at all, since it will be prone to picking up hum and buzz. The only proper use for this cable is between an amplifier and speaker.
I've owned several and they tend to short out if you plug and unplug them often.
The wire appears to be very thin and fragile near the plugs. Of course, they are "economy" quality and price. The "Premium" version of this wire cost about double the price, and is a much better cable, however, the cable is over twice the size. It's like both wires are heavily insulated and tend to make it bulky and heavy. The best option is the cable "Designed for Mobile", however these cables are four times the price of the 6 ft. cable I purchased ( .88 vs 3.37)
CONS: Thin wire
PROS: Worked well. Good price.
CONS: Broke after about a month.
PROS: Allowed me to connect my phone to my desktop speakers
PROS: Awesome quality, quality of the expensive ones you buy in local stores.
PROS: Great products at unbelievable prices. Flawless shipping.
CONS: No retail outlet. Would be great to walk in and buy everything and not wait.
PROS: It's a cable. I ordered this one when I also ordered several microphone cables. The microphone cables are terrific (see that review) and so is this one.