The Majestic Beauty of 3.5mm to 3.5mm Adapters
Phone connectors come in various sizes from the miniature 2.5 mm, the standard 3.5 mm, to the larger 6.35 mm. Moreover, each of these can have two, three, or four contacts – the TS, TRS, or TRRS – or the tip, ring, and sleeve contacts. Typically, a TRS connector is used to provide mono unbalanced audio while a TRRS connector can be used for providing stereo audio and unbalanced video.
Different Connectors for Different Equipment
While there are a plethora of electronic equipment available today – from personal music systems to camcorders and LCD TVs, there is no easy way to connect them as each of these devices uses its own connectors. In general, DVD players, camcorders, portable music systems, and digital cameras use 3.5 mm connectors. Other equipment use connectors of other sizes. Even when the electronic devices that you plan to connect all use the 3.5 mm connectors, you still need adapters – 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm adapters to connect them.
3.5 mm Stereo Plug to 3.5 mm Mono Jack Adapter
This is because you might need to convert stereo audio into mono audio, or need to connect two different electronic devices to a third, or have two devices that both have a 3.5 mm plug and no jack.
Plugs and Jacks
Before you purchase 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm adapters you need to be clear of whether you are connecting a plug to another plug, or a jack to another jack. A plug is often called the male connector while the jack is the female connector.
There are a variety of 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm adapters. These include a 2 x 3.5 mm mono plug to 3.5 mm stereo jack adapter where there are two mono plugs on one side of the adapter and a stereo jack on the other, 3.5 mm mono jack to 3.5 mm mono jack coupler that can be used to connect two electronic devices with mono jack plugs, 3.5 mm mono plug to 2 x 3.5 mm mono jack adapter, 3.5 mm mono plug to 2 x 3.5 mm stereo jack adapter, and similar combinations.
When connecting electronic devices one needs to ensure that the right adapter is used. This means that one has to keep in mind the dimension of the plug or jack, the mono or stereo output, the audio or video output, as well as whether a plug or jack is needed apart from the number of plugs or jacks needed.
By selecting an adapter or coupler that has the right combination of features it is possible to connect various electronic devices to build a marvelous home theater or entertainment system that enables you to watch movies from the DVD player, download a serial from the Internet using your computer, or watch your holiday snaps all over again. One can also use the same LCD TV for video games or listening to favorite albums with sterling sound effects.
All of the 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm adapters are assembled from black molded plastic and nickel plated contacts. The body diameter for adapters with a single plug on jack on each side is 10 mm. When an adapter has more than one plug or jack on a side it comes with a splitter that ensures that the audio or video signal is split without any loss of quality. In such cases the diameter of the adapter is greater at around 22 mm. In most cases the length of the adapter is 35 mm.
The Highly Operational 3.5mm to 6.35mm Adapters
Electronic devices such as music systems, camcorders, LCD TVs, digital cameras, video game stations, and DVD players all use phone connectors to transmit audio and video signals. The oldest and largest of these connectors are the 6.35 mm connectors. The connectors most often found in digital cameras and DVD players are 3.5 mm, while mobile phones and smaller devices have the mini connector or 2.5 mm connectors.
Each of these phone connectors can have a combination of three types of contacts: the tip, ring, and sleeve. The connectors with two contacts are labeled TS, while the ones with three or four contacts are labeled TRS and TRRS. The TRS connectors transmit unbalanced mono audio while the TRRS connectors transmit stereo audio and unbalanced video.
Plethora of Devices
At any given time we have a variety of electronic devices that we can connect to enhance our entertainment or work. For instance, it is possible to connect a computer or laptop to the LCD TV in order to listen to music or view a movie or TV show. Similarly, one can connect the digital camera or camcorder to the PC or laptop to edit the pictures and then connect the resultant output to the LCD TV for viewing. The best way of connection the various devices that have different connectors is to use adapters that are suitable for the purpose.
Audio and Video
When picking adapters for connecting 3.5 mm devices to 6.35 mm devices you need to ensure that the adapter is suitable for the work required. This means that you need to use an audio adapter for connecting devices that use audio signals and a video adapter for those that use video signals.
Plug and Jack
Another point that needs to be kept in mind is whether you need an adapter that can connect to a plug or a jack. If the device has a plug, you need to connect it to a jack and vice versa. There are also adapters that have plugs or jacks at both ends to enable you to connect devices with similar features.
Multiple Jacks, Plugs
Sometimes you will need to connect two plugs or two jacks to an electronic device and only one plug or jack at the other side. In such cases the adapter you use will have a built in splitter that ensures that the signals that need to be transmitted are split without any loss or distortion.
Types of 3.5 mm to 6.35 mm Adapters
The most common 3.5 mm to 6.25 mm adapters are 3.5 mm mono plug to 2 x 6.35 mm mono jack adapters, 3.5 mm mono plug to 2 x 6.35 mm stereo jack adapters, 3.5 mm stereo jack to 2 x 6.35 mono plug adapters, and similar combinations.
All the adapters have a black molded plastic body and nickel plated connectors. The diameter of the adapter varies from 10 mm when only a single plug and jack are included on each end to 27 mm body width when there are two jacks or plugs on a single side. The length of the adapter is 50 mm.
The 3.5 mm to 6.35 mm adapters are used to connect a variety of electronic devices such as DVD players and digital cameras with PCs and laptops. These adapters can also be used to connect CCTVs and computers or to connect video gaming consoles with computers.