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Need some help on 1/4 jacks, connectors and stuff

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Hello guys, I'm new here, just want to ask what's the difference between the 1/4 jacks and 3.5mm jacks? And why a 3.5mm to 1/4 adapter called female to male adapter? Also, what are RCA connectors? I'm looking for an external usb sound card and sound blaster(http://au.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-digital-music-premium-hd-r2) caught my eyes, any comments on that one? Many thanks~

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Hello guys, I'm new here, just want to ask what's the difference between the 1/4 jacks and 3.5mm jacks? And why a 3.5mm to 1/4 adapter called female to male adapter? Also, what are RCA connectors? I'm looking for an external usb sound card and sound blaster(http://au.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-digital-music-premium-hd-r2) caught my eyes, any comments on that one? Many thanks~

Electrically there is no practical difference between the 1/4" (6.35mm) and the 3.5mm (1/8") jacks.

The 1/4" is considered more robust.

post #3 of 4
It's called female to male because of . . . human physiology. Think about it.

RCA connectors run off two raised round jacks usually found on the back of larger devices such as CD players and receivers.
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Ok, thanks guys, the female to male is bit awkward though...
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