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All The Cables You Need To Connect Your Audio Components.
 
For want of a nail the kingdom was lost; so says the old proverb. And it comes down to the lowly cable and adapter to connect your audio components to themselves and you your computer.

Stereo components still use RCA jacks and computers use 3.5mm (1/8") stereo jacks. You need 1/4" stereo and mono jacks to 1/8" and the same in reverse. Headphone extension cables and Y adapters to connect 2 components where only one could connect before are essential.

I've put all the cables and adapters you're likely to need on this one page. Either way, your musical kingdom won't be lost once you have a collection of cables and adapters to make, join, extend and adapter whatever musical components from Walkmans, DAT Decks and turntables to amplifiers, computers or anything that has jacks.

Quick Cable & Adapter Index
Understanding Cables & Adapters & Connecting To Your Computer
Audio Connector Cables
Audio Adapters
Audio Y Adapters
Stereo Loop Cable For Computers That Don't Offer Stereo Mix


Understanding Audio Cables & Adapters
And How To Connect To Your Computer.
A quick Primer on Cables.

OK, this is all you need to know. The cable on the left is called an RCA Patch Cord. It uses 2 RCA Plugs, 1 plug for each channel. It plugs into RCA Jacks. (Plugs are male and jacks are female) The pugs with the prong in the center and the rim around them are called RCA plugs.

The cable in the middle is a 3.5mm (or 1/8") mini stereo plug. This is the newer cable that's used in your computer and most headphone and mike jacks today. It's still stereo, but both channels are on the same prong as you can see in my picture. G is the Ground, R is the right channel and L is the left channel. Now you know how they get stereo out of one jack.

The cable on the right is called a ¼" Phono plug. It's the same as the 3.5mm jack, just bigger. It's the type that's been used for headphones for years and in pro mikes as well. (Of course with Mics it's mono so there is only one stripe or section plus the ground.)

Next.


Here's the way into your computer's sound card. Your computer will look like this when you go to the back. You will plug the cable we sent you with the Interface Mixer into this BLUE Jack.

The Blue Jack is the Line In. The Pink Jack is for a Microphone. If your jack isn't blue, look for the little picture with the concentric circles with the arrow pointing in. That's the other way of identifying this jack. Your speakers are plugged in the Green jack. There may be other jacks, but these are the only 3 you care about for recording.

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So you are either going to plug your Turntable or Cassette Deck into the A side of DAK's Interface Mixer. Turntables always have RCA jacks and their cables already connected, so just plug them in.

Your cassette deck or stereo system will have outputs that look like these. These are called RCA Jacks and you just plug any standard RCA patch cord into the OUT or PLAY jacks and the other end into the A Jacks on the Interface Mixer.
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What If Your Cassette Deck Doesn't Have Line Out RCA Jacks?

OK so you're using a portable Boombox, Walkman or Stereo System without RCA Line Out Jacks.

No Problem. Virtually all portables and stereo systems have headphone out jacks as I've pictured above. You can just plug a cable into the jack and the other end into the A jacks on the Interface Mixer and you're all set to go.

Just use a cable with either a 3.5mm (1/8") or 1/4" jack on one end depending on which jack you have on your deck and RCA Jacks on the other end to plug into our Interface Mixer.

The 3.5mm (1/8") 6' cable with RCA jacks on the other end to plug into the Interface Mixer is $6.95 ($2 P&H)

The 1/4" (that's actually an adapter on a 3.5mm jack so you can use it for either jack) 6' cable with RCA Jacks at the other end to plug into the Interface Mixer is $8.95 ($2 P&H).

There's no loss or problem using cables and adapters. So just grab what you need and get ready for great sounds when you connect your stereo components using DAK's Interface Mixer to your computer, or for any other audio use.

Audio Cable Section

50' RCA Stereo Extension Cable Kit -
2 RCA Male Plugs At Each End Plus 2 Female/Female Converter let you connect 2 components that aren't in the same room

50' RCA to RCA Stereo Cable
Plus 2 RCA Female to RCA Female Barrel Adapters
$19.95 - ($6.95 P&H)
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This is a cable you'll use all the time. Whenever you need to run a long shielded RCA to RCA cable to connect to distant components, this is your answer.

It's a great way to copy your LPs and cassettes if you don't want to move your turntable and/or cassette deck from your stereo system to near your PC.

DAK's system is automated so you don't have worry about the needle drop or the end of the record. Our automated timers and automated Track Tracker that separates your tracks does all the work for you.

Plus how many times have you wanted to connect some equipment that's not within the 6' range of most cables. Great shielding makes 50' or even 100' with 2 cables easy and gives you flawless sound quality. Buy several. These are really great to have around


3.5mm (1/8") Male Stereo To 2 RCA Male 6' Cable.

3.5mm Stereo to 2 RCA Plugs 6' Stereo Cable
$6.95 - ($2 P&H)
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This is the most requested cable for connected audio equipment to computers and newer components and portables to the DAK Mixer.

It's a 6' shielded cable with a 3.5mm (1/8") stereo plug on one end and 2 RCA plugs on the other end. Use it to come out of the headphone output of a Walkman, boombox or other portable or a laptop computer's headphone jack.

Then plug the RCA plugs into DAK's Interface Mixer or any component with RCA jacks.

You can also use it to come out of RCA jacks on a component to a newer component or computer that requires a 3.5mm jack input.


1/4" & 3.5mm (1/8") Male Stereo To 2 RCA Male
6' Universal Headphone Adapter Cable.

Headphone Jack Adapter
1/4" & 1/8" (3.5mm)
To 2 RCA Plugs 6' Stereo Cable
$8.95 - ($2 P&H)
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This is the2nd most requested cable for connected audio equipment to computers and newer components and portables to the DAK Mixer.

It's a 6' shielded cable with a 3.5mm (1/8") stereo plug on one end and 2 RCA plugs on the other end.

Plus it has an adapter for 1/4" stereo as well. So with this cable you can connect EITHER 3.5mm or 1/4". Use it to come out of the headphone output of a Walkman, boombox or other portable or a laptop computer's headphone jack.

Then plug the RCA plugs into DAK's Interface Mixer or any component with RCA jacks.

You can also use it to come out of RCA jacks on a component to a newer component or computer that requires a 3.5mm or 1/4" jack inputs.


Stereo Male RCA to Stereo RCA Male 6' Cable.

RCA to RCA 6' Stereo Cable
$4.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 2068
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RCA to RCA cables have been around for years. This is the most common cable in the audio field. You probably have lots of them, but if you need some, our shielded cables are great quality and super handy to have around.

Each cable is 6' long with 2 male RCA Plugs on each end.


Stereo Male RCA to Stereo Female RCA 10 Extension Cable.
RCA Male To RCA Female 10' Stereo Extension Cable
$6.95 - ($2.95 P&H)
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Here's a super handy, much requested RCA To RCA 10' Extension Cable. This cable lets you use any RCA cables you have around and extend them a full 10'

I can tell you that I use these hundreds of times around the house. It seems that my standard 6' cables never quite seem to be long enough. I'll bet you have that happen too.

This high quality shielded cable has 2 standard RCA Plugs on one end but has 2 Female RCA Jacks on the other end. So that's why we call it an extension cable. Very hand to have around.

Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") Male To Stereo 3.5mm Male 6' Cable
3.5mm to 3.5mm Stereo 6' Cable
$6.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 2074
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Connect a headphone jack to your computer. Connect your computer output to speakers. Connect 2 components.

Like the RCA to RCA patch cords, the new 3.5mm stereo to 3.5mm stereo cables are becoming the most used cables.

These high quality shielded 6' cables have a stereo 3.5mm plug on each end and will come in super handy when you need to connect any of today's newer components, portables or computers.




New Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") to Stereo 3.5mm Female 10' Lightweight Gold Plated Headphone/Earbud Extension Cable with Volume Control
3.5mm male to 3.5mm female
10' Stereo Earbud/Headphone Extension Cable With
Gold Plated Connectors
Plus Volume Control.
$12.95 - ($3 P&H)
Order Number 34029
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Here's a super lightweight gold plated. 10' extension cable WITH VOLUME CONTROL.

it's a great earbud/ headphone extension cable from your stereo, PC or portable to your earbuds or headphones. It adds a full 10' of freedom.

Plus, I've put the volume control near the female end so wherever you are, you can adjust your volume.

Don't be tied down to a 4' earbud cable. Earbuds sound so much better than speakers. And, they let you escape from the world.

Don't suffer without volume control. Now you can easily move about and be free for about 14'.

That's 4' for the earbuds and 10' for the extra lightweight gold plated connector earbud extension cable with volume.




Audio Adapter Section

1/8" Female Stereo To 1/4" Male Stereo Adapter.
3.5mm 1/4" Stereo Adapter
$2.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 5601
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Got a 1/4" jack and a 3.5mm (1/8") cable? No problem. You can instantly convert any 3.5mm stereo plug into a 1/4" stereo plug with this super handy adapter.

People have used these for headphones for years, but now they're used for connecting to other components too.

Stock up and you'll never be stuck without being about to connect.


1/4" Stereo Female To 1/8" Stereo Male Adapter.
1/4" to 3.5mm Stereo Adapter
$2.95 - ($2 P&H)
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Got a big 1/4" plug you need to plug into a computer or portable's headphone jack? No problem. Now just plug your 1/4" stereo plug into the Female 1/4" jack and you'll have a 3.5mm (1/8") Plug instantly.

With today's computers being 100% 3.5mm this is becoming the most needed adapter in our arsenal of connectors and adapters.


RCA Female to RCA Female Barrel Adapters (4).
RCA to RCA Barrel Adapters (4)
$6.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 3219
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You've got RCA Cables around the house. They are all male to male. But there's never long enough.

Here are 4 barrel RCA to RCA adapters so you can lengthen those cables I've included 4 because you need to use 2 at a time for stereo and well, I always need more. So I figure you do too.

Each adapter has a Female RCA Jack at each end. So just plug in your male RCA Plugs and go. There's no loss to worry about. Just always be sure to push the RCA plugs all the way in.



1/8" Female Stereo To 1/8" Female Stereo Barrel Adapter.
3.5mm to 3.5mm Barrel Adapter
$4.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 3218
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This is an adapter I've needed and couldn't find. So I've added it to our page.

It's got two female 3.5mm (1/8") Jacks so you can use it to extend two cables with 3.5mm stereo plugs on them.

NOTE: I've shown you the male plugs at each end of the picture so you can be sure what I'm talking about. They aren't included, they are just there to show you what plugs into this adapter.

Anyway it's super useful since all computers and newer components are using 3.5mm stereo cables. And it's great to extend headphone cables too.



2 RCA Female Stereo to 3.5mm (1/8") Adapter.
RCA Female to 3.5mm Stereo Adapter
$4.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 3223
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Got RCA patch cords lying around? Great. Now just use this RCA Female to 3.5mm Male adapter to turn your old RCA to RCA Male Patch cords into RCA to 3.5mm plugs.

It works to feed into your compute or out of your computer.

Just plug in the 3.5mm stereo plug and then attach any RCA Male jacks to the adapter part and you're all set. Plus there's a ground screw to combat hum.

This is a great adapter to have if you have a bunch of RCA cables lying around or fixed RCA outputs that you want to convert to the newer 3.5mm stereo.




Audio Y Adapter & Loop Section

2 3.5 MM (1/8") Stereo To 1 3.5mm Stereo Y Adapter.
3.5mm to 3.5mm Stereo Y Adapter
$6.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 5602
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Y adapters are great because they allow you to plug two things in where only one thing could be plugged in before. Or feed a signal to two devices where only one jack was available before.

This Stereo shielded Y 3.5mm (1/8") male plug to two stereo 3.5mm stereo jacks adapter will give you the power to listen to two headphones from a single jack.

You can feed two devices from a single computer output jack. Or feed two devices into a single 3.5mm input jack.

It's very handy to have Y adapters and this 3.5mm stereo plug to 2 3.5mm stereo jacks gives you total control either in or out.


2 RCA Stereo Female Jacks Per Channel
to 1 Pair of RCA Jacks Y Adapter.

RCA to RCA Stereo Y Adapter
$8.95 - ($2 P&H)
Order Number 3221
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It's a really common problem. You want to send a signal to two components from one source. Or, you want to combine two outputs into one input.

Our RCA to RCA Y Adapter makes it fast and easy. RCA jacks are single channel. It takes 2 jacks to make stereo, Left and Right.

These Y Adapters have an RCA male plug for each channel at one end, (see the right side of the picture) and two female RCA Jacks at the other end. So just plug your 2 sources or outputs into the female jacks and then plug the single RCA Plug for each channel into your input or output and you're all set.

You get a pair of Y adapters. The pair handles both right and left channels so just buy one pair for each stereo signal you want to combine. That's a quantity of 1 when you click the button.


Stereo Computer Loop Cable For
Correcting Lack Of Stereo Mix, Wav Out & What U Hear.
Computer
Loop 3.5mm (1/8) Stereo Adapter
$6.95 - ($3 P&H)
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What's a loop cable? OK we've just found a few computers that don't have the traditional "what you hear - stereo mix - wave out" ability to record from the Internet.

Even computers with Win 95 had this but some sound cards seem to have just left it out. So does that mean you can't record from the Internet?

Not without a loop cable. What does it do? It takes the output from your computer BEFORE it goes to your speakers and sends it into the LINE input of your computer. That's it. Just plug one male end into your speaker jack and the other male end into your line in jack.

Then plug your speakers into the 3rd jack you see which is a female jack for your speakers. There's nothing to open or do. Just plug it in and start recording from the Internet. I've got them for just $6.95 ($3 P&H) Order No. 3036. NY res add tax. It's nothing fancy, it's just, well, a loop cable.







I never have enough cables. Every time I get in a new stereo component or want to connect my newest audio toy to my computer I was forever looking for the right cable or adapter to make it happen.

Over the years there have been dozens of times when I had to get in my car and head off to my neighborhood electronics store to get that cable or adapter.

Well about 10 years ago, I said no more. I simply bought all the cables I ever use and a whole bunch of adapters that I thought I might or might not ever use and I've thanked heaven a hundred times since when I'm hooking stuff up.

I call it my "For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost," essential cable collection. And it really is essential, not because I'm in the fun electronics business, but because I'm my own best customer and I buy new stuff just about every day. So enjoy. Stock up.



P.S. If you're not old enough to remember the proverb about losing the kingdom, I looked it up and here it is.

"For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail."













































































































































































































































































































 
     
     
 
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