Just finished the basement and went to plug in the ir blaster and it falls right out. At first I thought maybe I bought a 3.5 male with a 3.5 female, but I just looked and it was a 3.5 to 2.5 35 cents isn't work returning i suppose and it isn't worth ordering another one for 2.99 shipping. I also had subwoofer cable that was bad. granted I have purchased a lot of things and only 2 failures but both are needed...
CONS: sometimes they might be made just a little too cheap...
As consumers buying ridiculously cheap cables, adapters, etc. I think we all understand and accept that there is a reasonable chance that something isn't going to work well (or at all). More to the point we realize that due to the super low cost of these types of products sending something back whether it doesn't work or if we just don't like it would cost many times more than just eating the cost and moving on with our lives. This is one of those cases and over the years I've had pretty good experiences with Monoprice products. Even thought the adapter doesn't work at all I normally wouldn't rate it this low, however when the failed adapter showed up, the package had been torn open. It had clearly been returned as defective, restocked and resold. It doesn't bother me that I was sold a returned product that someone tried out. Hey its a $.35 adapter. What bugs me is that I was sent an open product that they had the opportunity to check it out and make sure that it was a good product. Sure Monoprice will be happy to allow me to spend at least $1.50 to ship their $0.35 adapter back and send me a new one, but why should I have to effectively pay at least $1.85 for an adapter advertised at $0.35? This was a clear failure of receiving and/or QA.
On a more technical note. Do keep in mind that this isn't just a 3.5 to 2.5mm adapter, but also stereo to mono. Just what I needed to extend my IR blaster (had it worked). 2.5mm anythings are terribly hard to find. If you need one this may be your only choice and I would say certainly go for it, but we need to let Monoprice know that restocking bad parts and selling them again isn't acceptable business practice. If it costs too much to test (which is likely for a $0.35 adapter) then toss the open ones that are returned. Do this too many times and you won't have any more customers.
PROS: It is a difficult to find plug and Monoprice carries it.
CONS: Showed up broken. The contacts of the female side were either non-existent or mangled so badly that the 2.5mm plug just fell out.
Same problem others have noted. I'm plugging a 2.5 mm IR blaster (Logitech) into it, and the plug just falls out. Either the adapter is broken or was built improperly. Still love Monoprice, but this adapter doesn't work for its stated purpose.
I have experienced the same issue as others on this item (7125). There must be a defective batch that Monoprice has not accounted for. The 2.5mm receiver will not connect the plug just flops around inside. I have contacted them for a replacement. It is a $0.35 part so I hope they will just ship me another one without any issues.