Audio Cables: 3.5mm TRS Connector Cables

eiodotcom —  August 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s Eio post is on audio cables, specifically 3.5mm audio cables.

Male “plug” on left; female “socket” on right

TRS connector

3.5mm audio cables are more commonly referred to as an audio jack or stereo plug. In technical language, the jack is referred to as a TRS connector (tip, ring, sleeve), which is the typical form of connector used for analog and audio signals. The 3.5mm refers to its size and shape, being 3.5mm or approximately 18 inch.

There are male and female versions of the 3.5mm TRS connector. The male often refers to the plug, the part of the wire that inserts into its female counterpart, which is the socket.

TRS connectors come in a variety of sizes, but the 3.5mm is used in most common, everyday applications. It is the standard size for current earphone, headphone, and audio input connections.

Here’s a male-to-male 3.5mm mini stereo cord: BELKIN F8Z181-06-GLD Mini-Stereo Cable for iPhone Silver

  • Connect your iPhone to portable speakers, sound cards, or home-stereo devices for great sound quality.
  • Chrome-finished connectors and nickel-plated contacts
  • 6 ft. cable
  • 3.5mm plug to 3.5mm plug
  • Silver color

Cables to Go 40582 1.5ft 3.5mm Right Angled M/M Stereo Audio Cable

The 3.5mm right angle stereo audio cable is specifically designed for quality computer audio applications. It connects a PC sound card, MP3 player or any mini-stereo audio device with 3.5mm jacks to a multimedia speaker. This cable features two copper conductors and a drain wire. The conductors and drain wire are wrapped with a braided shield which prevents unwanted EMI/RFI interference. Fully molded nickel-plated connectors provide excellent strain relief for durable use.

Connector 1: 3.5mm Right Angle Stereo Male
Connector 2: 3.5mm Right Angle Stereo Male

Cables To Go 13787 6ft 3.5mm M/F Stereo Audio Extension Cable

Extend the distance between stereo audio devices using the 3.5mm connection, such as CD players, stereos, speakers, PC/TV tuners and other audio devices. You’ll enjoy lasting quality and excellent performance no matter the connection. The cable’s braided shield design prevents unwanted EMI/RFI interference while fully molded nickel-plated connectors provide excellent strain relief for durable use.

Connector 1: 3.5mm Stereo Male
Connector 2: 3.5mm Stereo Female

TRIPP LITE P310-004-R Retractable 3.5 mm Stereo Audio Cable

Tripp Lite’s Retractable Mini-Stereo Cable is ideal for portable solutions such as laptop external speakers, MP3 and more. Two 3.5 mm Male stereo connectors extend to a total of 4 feet. Retractable design extends easily and retracts automatically.

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