D.I.Y. iPod AV cable $1.57

After seeing that apple’s AV cable was just a headphone jack and some RCA’s I figured I’d have a cable like that just lying around. I did but it only had audio left and right. For some applications the right audio would act as the video and you’d just get mono audio out. Not in the case of the iPod, it has four conductors on the 3.5mm head phone jack.
These are the connectors Mouser offers.

Here is a good pinout of the different types of 4 cond av cables.

So because I don’t think I’ll use this cable enough to justify the 20 bucks apple wants for their “proprietary” cable and I think its fun to D.I.Y. , I built my own.

What you’ll need:
4 cond connector- Mouser electronics part # 171-7435. Cost: $1.57

RCA cables – Look in that box of cable you have. If you have to buy this item you’ll spend more on the diy project than it cost to just get the apple cable. This is only because stores like Radio shack and Best buy have convinced the average consumer they need gold plated connectors. You don’t. Not for regular TV and not even for HDTV. It’s a gimmick.

Wire cutters
X-acto blade
and a
Soldering iron.

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