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sjv13
02-14-2013, 03:53 PM
I normally use my iPod with a USB cable for my music. But I would like to use my phone (which has premium Spotify 320kbps songs) as a secondary if there is a song I want to play that I dont have in Spotify on my iPod. I was wondering if it's worth getting a nice 3.5mm male to male cable, or if I should get a cheap one. Is there much of a difference?

Thanks!

trumpet
02-14-2013, 05:06 PM
The cheap cables have less protection, meaning repeated bending at the connectors will cause the wire to break internally. This is the only reason I have ever come across as justification for spending a bit more money. However, you can get a nice 3.5 mm stereo aux cable on Monoprice.com for under $5.

tommydh
02-14-2013, 05:37 PM
In my experience you dont want the cheapest cables but no need to spend 30 on one either. Look at a local music store or electronics shop and look for one with a good strain relief and a little heavier construction.

sjv13
02-14-2013, 08:08 PM
tommydh; trumpet; I bought a nice looking 3' Monster cable at Best Buy for $20. Sounds alright.

FamousMassacre
02-14-2013, 08:16 PM
tommydh; trumpet; I bought a nice looking 3' Monster cable at Best Buy for $20. Sounds alright.

Monster products are expensive only because of the name, not the quality.

I would've went with a different brand, especially for $20.

Boomsday
02-14-2013, 08:19 PM
lol, the cheap ones will send the same signal the higher priced ones will.. Only diff is the name, and maybe the jacket feels thicker...No need to spend more then $5-10 on any set

Tenacious
02-14-2013, 08:22 PM
My $3 one from Walmart works fine... Of course, I'm usually using my iPhone sync cable anyway.

tommydh
02-14-2013, 08:29 PM
Monster products are expensive only because of the name, not the quality.

I would've went with a different brand, especially for $20.

Return it They ripped you off you can get the no name one at Target for half that

tommydh
02-14-2013, 08:30 PM
If your anything like me you lose them after awhile anyway or they get ranover by the seat

trumpet
02-14-2013, 08:46 PM
Here's an example of how much money you can save and still get a great quality cable. For only $2.51 each when QTY 50+ purchased - 6ft Designed for Mobile 3.5mm Stereo Male to 3.5mm Stereo Male (Gold Plated) - White (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021816&p_id=9297&seq=1&format=2)

Be patient and don't believe the hype on the package.

sjv13
02-14-2013, 10:04 PM
ok. I shall return it tomorrow. It does look nice though ;)

brooklynjoy2008
02-15-2013, 01:31 PM
You should be able to turn on usb storage device on your phone and use a usb cable.

QueSound15
02-15-2013, 01:34 PM
tommydh; trumpet; I bought a nice looking 3' Monster cable at Best Buy for $20. Sounds alright.

I have that cable. I only ought it cuz I was tired of buying a new cheap one repeatedly, it's good quality, and a lifetime replacement warranty if it breaks....that's always a plus

itsblown
02-15-2013, 01:46 PM
pretty much what everyone has said dont get the cheapest but no need to spend a lot of money. The only problem Ive ever had is that after a year or two the cord breaks down.. like if it swivles in the connection their is alot of static not really sure how to expain it but I would go for one with gold ends and a nice thick jacket on it just for durability. I bought a 39 cent one once and used it in my HT set up... it had noise... but then again it was 39 cents.. I would also advise against monster take that **** back! If youre buying anything from best buy that isnt an appliance or T.V. youre spending too much