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6ft Premium 3.5mm Stereo Male to 3.5mm Stereo Male 22AWG Cable (Gold Plated) - 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. Each connector is gold-plated to ensure smooth, corrosion-free connections.
The cable is made of heavy-duty coaxial cable for each conductor. The conductors are 22AWG and each conductor is shield to prevent EMI or RFI interference from entering your audio system. The cable is 12mm x 6mm thick, while the connector housings are 41mm long x 15mm diameter.
Because of their size and weight these cables are best suited for more permanent connections, such as from your PC to your sound system. Also, because of the size of the connector head, these are unsuited for use with phone cases and may not fit within the expansion slot cutouts on the back of a PC case. If you want something more suitable for these applications, please try one of our standard 3.5mm audio cables.
To my surprise, when I cut the end off and stripped the ends, I found the following:
The central conductor looks to be about 22awg, and is stranded steel inside standard plastic insulation. The coax from one side has a white central conductor that connects the jacks' tips to each other for the left audio, and the coax on the other side has a red central connector that connects the jacks' rings for the right audio.
Braided around these central insulated wires are copper "shields" that acts as the common ground (they both connect to the sleeve on each end).
Around the central conductor, insulator, and ground, is an inner insulator jacket with a diameter of about 3mm.
Around this inner insulator jacket is an outer insulator jacket with a diameter of about 6mm. These outer insulator jackets are what touch and join the two sides along the length of the wire.
I was somewhat dissappointed when I saw the steel core. The "shield" is nicely woven a probably better than a typical RCA patch cable, but not the same as a shielded digital coax (with a copper central conductor, a thick insulator around the central conductor, and a steel braided shield around that).
PROS: Thick and sturdy. Terminated well - the stereo jacks seem secure.
CONS: Not a typical "coaxial" cable. Steel conductor. "Shield" is copper, but is also the ground.
PROS: very high quality
CONS: larger than life. i mean disfunctionally thick cable. literally the cross section is 1/2"x1/4". too heavy and rigid for anything mobile.
However, that high quality and durability brings with it a lot of weight and rigidity that makes using this cable in the car a little bit of a pain. I worry that the weight of the cable might one day damage either my car's line-in jack, or maybe my mp3 player's line-out. (Seriously, this cable outweighs my little Sansa Fuze!) And the rigidity of the cable means that the cable arcs outward away from the dashboard, rather than drooping discreetly our of sight. It looks like I'm running a jumper cable through the dash or something.
My advice to buyers is to look at the picture in the listing carefully! It's as thick as the line that connects a power strip to the wall.
If you're using this to hook up stationary equipment in the home, stuff you'll never unplug, definitely I can recommend this cable without hesitation. But I think I will buy a thinner, more flexible cable for the car, and maybe repurpose this cable for some home PC or A/V purposes.
PROS: - very high quality
- audio results excellent
- very durable
CONS: - extremely thick cable
- not very flexible
- surprisingly heavy
PROS: Heavy Duty
CONS: None so far
These cables seem high quality, but for your standard consumer cable are a bit thick. I'm using it in my car, but it's sort of a pain. I'd actually prefer something a little lighter weight. it's great for my desk at work though.
PROS: seems like really good quality. It's heavy gauge so I don't think it will pull apart.
CONS: It's a little overly thick. Also, if you need to use it in an ipod or iphone you'll want to get yourself a different cable, or will need to use an adapter for certain connections. For instance, on the ipod nano the power adapter is next to the headphone/aux adapter so it won't fit since it's so big.
Not a big deal though, as I have an iphone now and the connectors are on opposite sides. It won't fit in the apple bumper though, if you have that.
PROS: Nice connectors
CONS: Cable is super thick
Wires are small gauge