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5.0 out of 5 stars DOES preserve stereo separation., January 9, 2008
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This review is from: Belkin Speaker and Headphone Splitter (Electronics)
So to recap:
Dirt cheap
Flexible
extremely easy to use
Diminishes volume? Not too badly.
DOES preserve stereo separation! I'm mixing a song right now through these splitters and while panning back and forth, my headphones respond as if the splitter weren't in at all. It doesn't turn stereo to mono despite what that one guy said. And yes, I've got two pairs of headphones plugged in.

I discovered that if both sets of headphones plugged into the splitter aren't firmly plugged in, it will do the stereo to mono thing, but if you click them in properly, you're fine.
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Initial post: Aug 21, 2012 11:14:36 PM PDT
Vincent says:
Just wanted to second the above statement: this product DOES preserve stereo separation.

As of today, August 21, 2012, the white Belkin splitter preserves stereo perfectly, with minimal loss in volume. Not sure what happened on so many of the other orders, but stereo is definitely working with the product I have in hand.

For those of you who aren't sure what panning/stereo sound means, an easy example is the song "Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service. The opening 30 seconds have an extreme example of stereo sound. The short, high-pitched beep sound is being rapidly 'panned' left and right between each beep. [Keep in mind, if you search up a video of "Such Great Heights", you might actually find a mono version. This is one where the sound has been compressed to a single speaker model, so the sound is equally distributed between the two sides. The sound at the beginning is so extreme though, as long as you have headphones on (and probably even without them), it will be obvious if you got a stereo or mono version of the song.]

Some other example songs with heavy use of stereo elements:
- "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles
- "Purple Rain" by Jimi Hendrix

Anyway, having just tested the Belkin product using these songs, both plugs are definitely preserving stereo.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 9:42:36 PM PDT
JasonB. says:
Can either of you tell me if I can use this cable to share a set of computer speakers with 1x computer and 1x M-Audio Fast Track recording interface (a USB powered device used to attach a guitar/microphone, etc, to the computer)? Like the computer, the M-Audio needs to output to the speakers as well.

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 4:19:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2012 4:20:42 PM PDT
kevmalone says:
I doubt it. This product takes a single audio source and splits it so it can be heard by two sets of speakers (which is what headphones are). Sounds like you want to take the output from two audio sources and send one or the other to a single set of speakers. This might work 3-Way Audio Video AV RCA Switch Selector Box Splitter For XBOX XBOX360 DVD PS2 PS3 with AV Cable . According to one of the reviews it can handle audio only situations.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 6:47:23 PM PDT
JasonB. says:
thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 8:00:42 PM PST
Just bought got these today. They DO NOT preserve stereo separation. They work fine, but I did notice something strange. Listening to a headphone jacked in the splitter, I can always hear in both ear buds. But wiggling the connection at the end of the splitter, it jumps back and forth between hearing both left and right audio parts, or hearing only the right. And this held true for both headphones plugged into the splitter. Anyway, long story short, this does not preserve stereo separation. But I don't really mind, most my music doesn't mess with stereo separation anyways.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 11:17:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2013 11:19:12 AM PST
Something does not add up here. I recently purchased both versions, black and white. The white splitter works great; that one was in Belkin packaging. My black splitter arrived in a plastic bag with a generic description printed on an address label (no mention of Belkin).

Both of my y-cables do maintain stereo (tested with Elton John "Love Song" from *Tumbleweed Connection* on cassette tape. Feel free to laugh!). But the black cable has noticeably inferior sound quality. I would be very surprised if this is a true Belkin product and not a substitution.

Customer reviews of the black splitter and the white splitter are combined here, but they are not the same item (at least in my case). For one thing, my two cables are shaped differently. That seems odd if they are both Belkin... why would they use two different molds for the same item? I noticed that a customer attached an image of Belkin packaging for the black cable... so why was mine in a plastic bag? Also check the product descriptions: the white one has gold-plated contacts, while the black one has no mention of that.

I tend to believe the reviewers who report their cable does not preserve stereo; they could have received another non-Belkin item different from what you or I received.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 1:47:45 PM PST
Shaunicy says:
What size is this adapter jack?

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 6:09:58 PM PDT
Connor S. says:
Can it also make it so that you can plug in a headset to to it

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2013 3:50:07 AM PDT
K. H. Teh says:
Hey Vincent, did you mean "Purple Haze" instead of "Purple Rain"?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2013 9:33:30 PM PDT
ScottyJames says:
@K.H.Teah, that's what I was thinking! :) I think Prince did Purple Rain. And Prince was no Hendrix!
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