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Belkin Y Audio Cable (12 foot)
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111 of 117 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2002
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i bought this cable to connect my laptop to my home theatre receiver, eliminating the need for computer speakers whcich could never match up to the sound of my home theatre system. the 12 ft cable is plenty long enough and it is surprisingly high quaality for the price. i don't give the cable 5 stars because i know there are higher quality cables out there with 24 karat gold connectors which will give you a cleaner sound. don't buy the 12ft version unless you need the length because the longer the cable, the more signal loss there is. this is perfect for the average guy who just wants to listen to his mp3's or play PC game audio through home theatre system.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Before getting the Belkin Y cable, I used a "premium" Radio Shack brand Y cable that cost over three times what the Belkin cost (one of the features that made it premium was that it has gold-plated plugs). I wanted a second Y cable so I could have the same set up in two bedrooms, each of which has a stereo system in it.

For purposes of this review, I tested the Belkin cable as follows:

1. While the Radio Shack cable was connected to the Line 2 out jacks of an Onkyo TX-8222 stereo receiver, I connected the Belkin cable to the Line 1 out jacks. I then used each with a laptop playing a web radio station (WQXR FM, which plays classical music), switching back and forth while listening for any audible difference in sound quality. (I switched by connecting and disconnecting the mini-plug on each cable to the headphone jack on the laptop.) My ears detected no difference.

2. With the Belkin connected to the laptop and the Onkyo set to Line 1, I turned off the streaming web radio and turned the volume on the receiver up to the maximum level (the volume on the laptop was already at the maximum level). There was, as I'd hoped, zero hum and "total silence" (as in the scene in Fargo when Steve Buscemi's character attempts to engage his crime partner in conversation).

3. I then connected the Belkin to a Sony Walkman MP3 player. No problems whatsoever; the sound was crystal clear.

4. I twirled the mini-plug in the laptop headphones jack to which it was connected and listened for any electronic noise. There was none. I moved the laptop around (e.g., from the bed to my lap), and there was no noise.

The cable came neatly wrapped in a Belkin cardboard and plastic display package, and the cable itself looks and feels rugged and durable and appears to be of excellent quality.

Update, 8/7/12: Since writing the above I purchased two more of these cables, one directly from Amazon - which was identical to the first one I bought - and one from an Amazon marketplace seller - which did not come in a Belkin package and which consisted of thinner cable than the authentic Belkin cables. I contacted Amazon about this and was able to return the imitation Belkin for a full refund. So if you order a new one from a secondary seller and it does not come in a sealed hard plastic and cardboard Belkin package, you probably got a cheap imitation. (Neither the authentic Belkins and the imitation have any markings on the actual cable itself that would identify it as a Belkin, so one must go by packaging and in my case by being able to compare two that I know are authentic Belkins to one that is markedly different in terms of cable thickness.)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2007
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I used cable to send audio from my computer to my stereo receiver. Cable has a Mini male plug at one end, two male RCA plugs at other: plug the Mini end into the Audio out connector on sound card, the 2 RCA ends into spare left and right jacks on the receiver. Note if your sound card has only 1 Audio out connector, you need to also get a Mini male-to-female splitter (I got one for $2 at E-Bay) in order to hear audio from both the computer and stereo speakers.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
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I received this in the non-retail packaging (see pics of other reviewers, was not an option, just ordered as usual).

Amazon should be ashamed for using this vendor as the cable is very cheap & was probably a returned item but since it was not sealed, I really have no idea.

Main issue - the cable is not sheilded well, so it is noisy. If I twist the 3.5mm plug then it corrects itself BUT it needs to be positioned at the exact spot, which tells me there is something wrong with the connection/cheap. From past experience with cables, this is the area where most of my old cables break sown so if you don't have problems now, you will later.

I'm writing this review just to let people know if you are deciding between this & the more expensive one (like I did), pay a few more bucks and get the more expensive one as this will save you a lot of time/headache. Since this was only a few bucks, most people will probably just not go through the hassle of returning the item. Hope that makes sense & is helpful.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2010
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You can't beat the price, but if you are plugging your computer into your home theater sound system, you will hear a noise that is a hum, at a lower volume than what I found after buying a better cable that is sheilded, for just a little more money.Pro-Techgroup Professional Grade 15 FT 3.5mm Stereo Male to 2RCA Male 22AWG Cable - Gold Plated Connectors
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2006
This item just arrived today and so far it's serving me well. Now I have to get used to grabbing my stereo remote when I open WinAmp instead of reaching for my computer speaker's On button. I have trusted Belkin products in the past so I felt this product would be of good quality. I recommend this item to people that want to listen to MP3 audio on there stereo system. Great buy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2009
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I use it for hooking up a PC to my TV in the living room (along with an S-video cable). The PC and TV are on either side of my balcony entrance and the cables run along the floor. Translation: gets stepped on fairly often. Has held up just fine for about 5 months now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
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Used this cable to plug my laptop into my stereo system. Got horrible static and hum along with the audio. Not usable at all. As I rotated and messed with the connector, the feedback got better and worse. I suspect it's poor workmanship. I have a shorter version of this same cable that worked fine. Spend a couple dollars and buy a better quality cable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2012
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Bought this cable to replace a similar one I bought at a 99cents store that broke after 4+ years of use. I can't believe that I paid so much more for a cable that is of way lower quality. If I so much as touch the cord wrong the sound cuts outs. It works fine as long as you find the right position and don't move your laptop, iPod, etc. AT ALL. I would return it but it's not worth the hassle. I wouldn't recommend this cable to anyone
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
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I connected this between a computer sound card and a TV. I got sound, but also got humming. I assume this is because this cable is not shielded and therefore it will never work if either end is connected to a device with amplification. It would probably be ok if your source can directly drive your load. In my application, the TV amplifies the sound card audio and all ambient 60 cycle noise in proximity to the cable run. I did not see any cables described with or without shielding on Amazon which is curious since this is a critical specification.
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