Audio/Video Cables: Y-Cables

eiodotcom —  August 11, 2012 — 5 Comments

Today’s Eio post is on Y-Cables and Splitters.

A Y-cable is a cable shaped in the Latin letter “Y.” It is also called a splitter cable, which splits a cable to allow additional connections. It contains three ends where one end splits into two ends. Y-Cables come in various shapes and sizes, but they are usually short and less than 12 inches.

Y-cables have various uses. One such use is to split an RCA connection. For instance, if your TV only has one input for an RCA cable, you can combine the red and white RCA connections into one to fit your TV.

Cables To Go 29737 6in SonicWave™ One RCA Male to Two RCA Female Audio Y-Cable

Connector 1: One RCA Male
Connector 2: Two RCA Female

Another use is to combine two RCA connections to fit a 3.5mm plug, so you can hook RCA  level sound quality into earbuds, headphones, or other stereo equipment.

TRIPP LITE P315-006 6 ft. Audio Y Splitter Adapter Cable 3.5mm Male / 2 x RCA Female

6-ft. audio Y splitter / adapter cable. This cable has a 3.5mm plug on one end, and two RCA female jacks on the other. Enables a PC sound card, portable CD player, MP3 player, iPod, or any audio device with a 3.5mm mini-stereo jack to connect to an audio device with RCA cables. Tripp Lite warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for life.

Another use is to split headphones or other audio listening inputs into two or more. So for instance, if you’re traveling on an airplane and watching a movie on laptop, you can use a splitter so two people can plug in two sets of headphones into the laptop to watch.

TRIPP LITE P313-001 12″ Mini Stereo 3.5mm Dubbing Cable Y Adapter M-F

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