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Cables Unlimited ZIP-AUDIO-CD3 ZipLinq Retractable 3.5mm Audio Cable - Black


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  • Ziplinq's retractable stereo 3.5mm audio cables are the perfect choice for connecting an iPod, mp3 player,
  • These economical cables retract from 48" to 4" eliminating cable clutter while still providing crisp and clear sound
  • Easily extends by pulling both ends, pull again and it quickly retracts back into its housing
  • Fully molded connectors provide excellent strain relief
  • Black,CD player or portable DVD player to the aux input jack of a TV or stereo
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: ZIP-LINQ
  • Model: ZIP-AUDIO-CD3
  • Left Connector Type: 3.5 mm
  • Left Connector Gender: Male
  • Right Connector Type: 3.5 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0006LSIIE
  • Item model number: ZIP-AUDIO-CD3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Cables Unlimited Unlimited Stereo Retractable Cable ZIP-AUDIO-CD3 Cables

Customer Reviews

The sound quality is very good as well.
S. Leathardt
The retractable feature is very helpful for keeping the car organized and stop it from tangling. just enough length.
MariCalvi
It worked for a little while, but it didn't take long for it not to function properly.
J. Marvel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Atomicwasteland VINE VOICE on December 11, 2006
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I purchased this cable as a way to hook up my iPod to my stereo (in my car) by way of the "audio out" port on the front of my stereo.

There are three things that I love about this item.

1) The cables are spring loaded on the center device which means you can use as little or as much as you need depending on how much cable you want. If you are alone in the car you may only need 6 inches of cable, but if you have a friend in the back seat you can stretch it out to the full four feet so that they can reach the audio player. Once you are done, all you need is a quick tug on both cables at the same time and they wind all the way back up to the center.

2) The heads of the cables are bent at 90 degrees to prevent the cables from being pulled out of their holes by accident. You have to use your hand and apply pressure directly on the head to pull it out: it won't just pull out by accident.

3) The price is fantastic. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and this product fit the bill.

Really useful, and a space saver. Wonderful product.

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UPDATE: the version now sold does NOT have the ends bent at 90 degrees, but the picture has been changed to reflect that. Still a nice item, though.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Godun VINE VOICE on January 3, 2007
I wanted a compact and easily-storeable cable for my computer, and this one fit the bill. Like all spring-loaded retractable cables you shouldn't really pull hard and fast on it or it will tangle on the reel and then you're out of luck. But given proper care, the retractor mechanism works well.

My only two complaints: First, the cable isn't well shielded and is therefore prone to picking up outside interference. If you plan on using this cable in an electronically noisy area then you may find some background humming going on. And second, the retractor mechanism feels kind of cheap. Not "fall apart in your hands" cheap but more like "I wish they would have made this out of sturdier plastic" cheap. Still, of the retractable cables I've seen, this is one of the sturdier ones.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. Marvel on April 4, 2007
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I have found that this cable does not fit snugly to maintain a good connection. It tends to wiggle part of the way out rather easily.

The zip cord function is disappointing. It worked for a little while, but it didn't take long for it not to function properly. After only a few uses it doesn't roll all the way back up nor does it want to stay unrolled most of the time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BR on November 13, 2008
The cable that I received is the same model number and manufacturer as the one displayed in the picture, but the right angle jack connector is not on each end of the cable that I received. This is the feature that I was seeking to help to prevent the jack from breaking off in the output or input device. I purchased an identical cable last year, and that one has the right angle jack connectors.

The photo needs to be updated to match the product, which apparently no longer has this very desirable feature.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Boyd on May 29, 2009
To start things off: BUYER BEWARE - although there is nothing wrong with this product, I need to mention to you right now that the image you see is NOT the product you will receive.

The image shows the connectors at a 90-degree angle. This is not the cord you will receive if you purchase this item! The one you receive has straight-connectors. Repeat: STRAIGHT CONNECTORS.

With that out of the way, this product is fine and does exactly what it says it will do. I only have a few minor nitpicks with this item and they are as follows:

* The wheel that retracts the cord is a little large. People hoping to squeeze this item into a tight or confined space may need to rethink. For me this worked out, as the center console of my vehicle where I put my MP3 player was JUST large enough to stack the wheel on top of my MP3 device. I was happy it fit, but as an added bonus it also keeps my music device from sliding around as I drive, effectively wedging it in place.

* While this cord is retractable, it is not fully adjustable. It retracts in "stages". What I mean by this is that you cannot have it go to "any length" you want. The wheel that collects the cord cannot stop or "lock" until it has made a full revolution, so if the exact length you need is between one revolution of the wheel you will never be able to achieve it. It will always be "just a little too long" or "just a little too short". We're talking a matter of centimeters. But if you're a picky neat-freak like I am, this might drive you crazy too.

Barring the image being incorrect and the cord retraction issue, I have absolutely no problem with this product.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 9, 2009
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The idea of a cable to hook my Ipod into my car stereo with, that has a retractable cable, so I don't end up with cables hanging off my dashboard looking ugly and getting in the way, is a GREAT idea. The problem is, it doesn't really work well.

First, the cable pulls and retracts out both sides (the side going to the ipod and the side going to the stereo). Ths would be great if they were on seperate spools, but they aren't. The cord basically has to the same length on either side. And if you don't extend and retract it JUST right, the cable gets all tangled on the spool.

But you know, I could have dealt with that. What I cannot deal with is that after only using the cord for a couple of months, it has lost its ability to feed audio into the speakers on one side of my car. I have to press on it while it is in the socket or I only get output on the right! I've tried another cable to be sure it isn't jack - nope, it is absolutely this cable.

So basically the cable was a good idea, but was in reality an annoying tangled mess that only worked for a few months. Just buy a regular cable and deal with the unsightly extra cable laying about!
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