What is the purpose of this cable????

Discussion in 'iPod' started by franko v, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. franko v macrumors member

    franko v

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    For the life of me I cannot figure out why this cable looks this way!!

    As you can see, it appears to be a splitter.

    But it is not a male to 2 females - it is a male to 1 female and 1 male...

    Why???

    I got this with one of those 15-piece iPod accessory kits back when I first got my 5th gen iPod classic.

    I just want to know HOW this would be used...


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  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    There is no image, but I guess you mean something like this?

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    It is most probably used to connect the iPod to a sound system using a 3.5mm RCA plug of the female form.
     
  3. franko v thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope...

    I've properly attached the image now...
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    Maybe for connecting the iPod to headphones and speakers at the same time?

    Is that a volume control where the cable splits?
     
  5. franko v thread starter macrumors member

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    No, that isn't a volume control.

    As for your answer, that's what I thought too.

    But then I thought, why would you want to hear it through a speaker system and with earphones at the same time?

    BTW, that does work, I tried it.

    Also, I attached both male parts into two different iPods and I could hear the sound from both of them at the same time after plugging my earphones into the female part.

    But, still, I am not convinced that's the intended function of this splitter...
     
  6. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

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    Probably for monitoring a passthrough recording?

    Playback device, headphones, recording device.


    Anyway; there are some cases when you would want speaker and headphone functionality; ignoring iPods, most devices with built-in speakers are designed for them to be cut off when the headphone jack is used. If you need dj / transmission functionality, you may need to monitor the speaker or transmitted output with headphones...
     

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