- 1 Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Multi Headphone Audio Splitter
- 2 Ugreen 3.5mm Audio Stereo Y Splitter
- 3 NuclearAV Atom 5Star Audio Adapter – Multi Headphone Splitter
- 4 Keenstone Headphone Splitter 3.5mm 1 to 5 Stereo Audio Adapter Converter
- 5 iLuv (i111) 2-Way Splitter Adapter with Independent Volume Control
- 6 iLuv (iCB107) 5-Way Splitter Adapter with Independent Volume Control
- 7 CablesOnline 3.5mm TRS Male Plug to 3x Female Stereo Audio Splitter AV-Y01F3
- 8 Belkin Speaker and Headphone 3.5mm AUX Audio Cable Splitter
- 9 BestBuyGoods Octopus 1 to 5 Stereo Audio Headphone Splitter Adapter Converter
- 10 Hosa YPP-118 ¼ inch TRS to Dual ¼ inch TRSF Y Cable
Listening to music is always a pleasure; if you’re doing that with another person it gets even more special, but without the right headphone splitter, romance and pleasure can be easily destroyed. Headphones are the most popular devices for isolation from everything that surrounds us. They give you privacy and enable you to listen to anything you want but they are predicted to be used by one person at the time. That’s the reason why these headphone splitters (also known as audio splitters) are becoming more and more popular. This is a very simple, but incredibly useful device at the same time. Day by day, more and more people are discovering this non-complex but very practical technological wonder.
What Kind of Device Is Headphone Splitter?
Headphone splitter is a gadget that allows you to connect two or more pairs of headphones to the same connector at the same time and listen to music or anything else you want with your friends or family.
Today we have a wide range of models of audio splitters because almost every manufacturer of mobile phones or computer equipment releases their own models. However, they all have, roughly speaking, identical configuration. The main difference between all those models is in design and price. Every gadget of this kind consists of a metal plug for standard 3.5mm audio connector that is inserted into the device (cell phone, player, notebook, TV) and two (or more) audio ports (also 3.5mm). The jack on the splitter has to be connected to the universal 3.5mm port on your TV, laptop or player, jacks on your headphones are inserted into the ports on the splitter and the music can be played.
This device doesn’t affect the quality of sound (that’s something that usually depends of your phone, TV or notebook and the quality of your headphones). It is designed to always be near you, as a key ring or something else you use every day. To prevent it from damaging, some manufacturers made caps in order to protect plugs.
Best Headphone Splitters In 2018 – Top 10
|Best Headphone Splitters||Model||Rating||Review|
|Belkin RockStar||4.7||Read Review|
|iLuv (i111)||4.5||Read Review|
|iLuv (iCB107)||4.5||Read Review|
|Hosa YPP||4.1||Read Review|
What Types of Headphone Splitters Exist?
In spite of splitter’s simplicity, manufacturers have decided to flood the market with splitters of all shapes and sizes. There are audio splitters with or without cables, made in different sizes and colors, in the shape of a slingshot, heart, robot or mouse; basically in shape of anything that designers and marketing experts could think of.
However, there’s a way to specifically define three basic types of these devices among all those options (splitters for two pairs of headphones, splitters for more than two pairs of headphones, splitters for headphones and microphone) and the others are just variations of these basic models.
- Splitters for Two Pairs of Headphones
These splitters belong to the most common type of splitters and they are also called “Y splitters”. These devices are practically irreplaceable on trips when you have to save battery life of your phone, tablet or player. Thanks to them, you can listen to music with your friend or significant other, watch an interesting film or surf the internet. These are also very handy when there are several people in one room and they don’t want to disturb each other.
If you want to watch a film but you have small kids and you don’t want the noise to wake them up, you can easily do that by connecting two pairs of headphones to one splitter. The size of Y splitter connector is 3.5mm (and this is the most common size) which exists on most TV sets so it is possible to connect it to almost any TV and watch anything without disturbing anyone. Besides that, it is also possible to connect it not only to TV, but also to notebook, tablet or the simplest cell phone and to listen to the sounds of favorite melody instead of silence.
- Splitters for More Than Two Pairs of Headphones
This type of splitters (also called “hub”) differs from the previous type mostly by the number of ports. If you have this type of splitter, you can use up to five pairs of headphones at the same time.
This device can be used successfully at schools when you want kids to listen to something simultaneously. For example, it can be used for learning foreign languages. In that way, teacher can give the same task to several students at once, they will be focused on the things they can see in front of them and nothing will distract them.
- Splitters for Headphones and Microphone
We all know this is the era of social networks such as Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Viber… Most of those networks support video chatting. Many people use this kind of calls instead of regular calls because it is cheaper, it gives you the impression that the other person (or other people) is right there next to you and you can do it using your cell phone.
The problem with cell phones is in the number of 3.5mm ports. If you’re using a notebook, it’s easier because notebooks usually have one port for headphones and the other for microphone. However, cell phones do not have two but only one port and you need a splitter to connect both headphones and microphone to your phone. This is the reason why our lives without splitters will become impossible.
Splitters are made in different shapes and different colors, they could be bought as a great gift for a colleague, friend or someone that’s really close to you. Their design is usually attractive and some of them will surely intrigue you so let’s see what we have on our list of 10 best headphone splitters in 2018.
Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Multi Headphone Audio Splitter
RockStar 5-Jack Splitter is an audio hub made by Belkin, which is a very popular company nowadays. Customers speak positively about its products, which have good quality and don’t cost a fortune.
The design of this splitter is very interesting, stylish and effective; it has the form of a star or an octopus as some say. It comes in five catchy colors (black, red, blue, pink and light green), it is quite light because it weighs only 0.6 ounces and it isn’t large so you can wear it in your bag just in case you need it.
RockStar comes in a simple package with a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. Its purpose is to connect the splitter to another device or another splitter. The cable is not detachable which means that you will have to buy new splitter in case the cable stops working. It has five auxiliary ports that can be used to insert five jacks from five different types of headphones. RockStar is compatible with every 3.5mm device such as standard TV sets, headphones, tablets or any device made by Apple.
If you use just one splitter, five people can watch or listen to the same thing at the same time, but there’s another possibility that this device offers. You can connect one RockStar splitter to another RockStar splitter and you will have more free ports for more users. The important thing is that the quality of the sound remains the same no matter how many pairs of headphones are connected to this splitter.
This is also good for future DJ-s. Using RockStar splitter, they can mix their songs as long as they want. As it enables splitting speakers, it is also possible for a group of people to play different instruments without synchronizing problems.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Good quality construction and interesting design.
The quality of sound remains the same no matter how many devices is connected to this splitter.
It can be used by bends, DJ-s, in schools, on trips etc.
It is compatible with numerous devices.
Audio cable can’t be separated from the base.
Audio cable should be longer.
Ugreen 3.5mm Audio Stereo Y Splitter
Ugreen Audio Splitter is one of those „Y“ splitters made for two pairs of headphones only. However, if the product is well constructed and you want to share your melodies or films with only one more person, it should be enough for this price.
We can’t say much about the design because it’s extremely simple. It is basically just a cable that comes in two colors – black and white. This product comes alone in a box – one 20 cm Y cable with one male 3.5mm input plug and two 3.5mm female output plugs. Because they are 3.5mm, they are universal and compatible with most of devices we use every day. You can connect it to TV, cell phone, tablet or PC and the sound will still have the same quality.
Unlike its design, this splitter has very interesting construction. Cable extensions are made from metal, they also have gold plated connectors and copper conductors with strain-relief rings. These are the reasons why the quality of sound won’t change if you use this splitter when listening or watching something with another person. The construction is solid, the splitter is very resistant, and those rubbery sheets on cables make it flexible and able to move in different directions without damaging. The length of the splitter is also satisfying.
It is very easy to use Ugreen Y Splitter; even kids can quickly learn how to connect it to another device and then insert their headphones into the splitter. Because of its dimensions (6 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches) and its weight (1.4 ounces) you can put it in your bag and take it with you wherever you want and watch/listen to something without disturbing other people.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The splitter has solid construction and it is durable.
The splitter gives you completely clean sound.
The splitter has unattractive design.
NuclearAV Atom 5Star Audio Adapter – Multi Headphone Splitter
NuclearAV Atom 5Star is one more audio hub on our list. Just like Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Splitter, this splitter is star–shaped and has five audio ports.
The design is interesting and appealing just like the design of many splitters of this kind. Although it has the same shape as Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Splitter, it is not available in other colors but white.
NuclearAV Atom 5Star Splitter comes in a simple plastic bag. In the bag, you will find one Atom 5Star Audio Adapter and one auxiliary 3.5mm male to male stereo cable. Unlike the cable that Belkin uses, the cable that you get with Atom 5 Star Splitter is attachable. This is great because if one cable is damaged, you can buy another one and replace just that part, not the whole splitter.
The connectors on the cable are plated with 24k gold, just as the inside of every port on the splitter. This material is used to keep the sound quality on necessary level even when you are using all five ports at once. The clarity of sound is improved by a protective layer that you can find on NuclearAV Atom 5Star Adapter’s cable and oxygen-free copper wires. Connector ends are thinner than usual so that you can put the splitter into any cell phone case and the splitter won’t be damaged.
NuclearAV Atom 5Star Adapter is famous for the audio clarity that is better than on the other splitters. This is the reason why you can connect it to a player or TV and insert into it five speakers and the sound quality will remain the same. You can mix music from different players or watch something with your friends. In the second case, don’t worry about the volume. Each one of you will be able to adjust the volume to suit its own tastes.
It has dimensions 4 x 3.5 x 0.4 inches and it weighs 1.6 ounces so it can be easily transported, for example, in a laptop case.
Advantages and Disadvantages
High-quality sound you won’t have on other splitters.
More than acceptable price.
Compatibility with most cell phone cases because of thinner connector ends.
The splitter has gold plated connectors.
It is available in only one color.
Keenstone Headphone Splitter 3.5mm 1 to 5 Stereo Audio Adapter Converter
The next product on our list is a hub or multi audio jack splitter made by company called Keenstone.
For the price of $9 Keenstone will send you two splitters with two auxiliary cables. You will have to attach these parts but that’s not a problem because it’s really simple. The splitter has six 3.5mm ports and there are also one 20mm cable and another 80mm cable with 3.5mm jacks. That means that you just have to insert one of those jacks into one of those six ports while the other end of the cable goes into a phone, TV or any device that you use to play music or a film. Other ports can be used for connecting headphones or speakers to the main device through the splitter.
The design is interesting but it looks pretty much the same as other splitters with more than two ports and it is also in the shape of a star. It comes only in white color, so this is the reason why the design of this product should be improved. This is a good quality audio splitter, but the quality of sound would be better if jacks and ports were gold plated. The quality of cables is also not as high as it should be. Of course, they give you two items for the same price, but it would be better if they would sell one item with better construction for the same amount of money.
Keenstone 1 to 5 Headphone Splitter is small (its dimensions are 2 x 2 x 0.5 inches) and it weighs only 0.3 ounces so it is portable and it can be used when travelling, waiting for an airplane, etc.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Compatible with all 3.5mm devices.
Keenstone offers you two products for a single price.
Poor design that requires improvements.
Volume can decrease when all ports are used.
iLuv (i111) 2-Way Splitter Adapter with Independent Volume Control
When you see “i” in front of a word, we bet you immediately think that it is made especially for gadgets made by Apple. Well, this is not the case. This splitter we will present you is made for all those devices that have 3.5mm ports and it has very unique and attractive design. However, it comes in black color only, so the manufacturer should consider widening the range of colors.
iLuv i-111 comes in one piece, there’s nothing to be attached. It is enough to insert male 3.5mm jack into any device you want/have, insert your headphones or speakers into two 3.5mm female ports on the splitter and let the stereo sound surround you. The only problem with the fact that the splitter is made in one piece is that the audio cable can’t be separated from the splitter, which means that you’ll have to change the whole splitter if the cable is damaged.
One very important feature this splitter has is the possibility for each listener to decide how loud he want his/her song to be. Two volume controls on the left and right side of the splitter enable you to have complete volume control.
This is a small device (dimensions 0.5 x 1.4 x 6 inches) with the weight of 0.5 ounces and 2.8 inches long cable. It is easy to transport it in a bag or even in a pocket anywhere you want. iLuv i-111 has quality construction, it is durable and it has its jack and ports covered in nickel. The fact that these parts are made from nickel means that the splitter is safe from corrosion and any kind of signal loss.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Compatible with all 3.5 mm connector devices.
The splitter has nickel coated metal connectors that prevent the loss of signal and volume decrease.
The splitter has volume controls for both ports.
The audio cable should be longer.
The audio cable is not detachable.
iLuv (iCB107) 5-Way Splitter Adapter with Independent Volume Control
Now there’s one 5-port splitter on our list that doesn’t have that famous shape of a star. It is one more product manufactured by iLuv and it sure is worth its price.
iCB107 has very interesting and uncommon design; it has triangular shape with some of its ends rounded. It comes in white color only. It has five ports and they are arranged (grouped) on three sides by two ports. Four ports are grouped on two of three sides and the fifth port is on the third side, right by the cable connector.
iLuv 5-Way Splitter comes in one piece. There’s nothing to be attached but that might cause problems in case the cable is damaged. On the top side there are three buttons. The one in the middle (the largest one) is there to pause anything you are listening currently, and the other two are “–“ on the left (it lowers the volume) and “+” on the right (it increases the volume).
The splitter has good quality construction and the sound quality remains untouched when three ports are being used, but with all five of them being used, the quality might lower and the volume might decrease. The splitter is small (4.5 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches) and it weighs 1.4 ounces; it’s a bit heavier than majority of splitters, but not too heavy to wear in your bag or laptop case. The length of audio cable is approximately 7.8 inches. The good thing is that all ports and the jack on audio cable are all 3.5mm so that they are compatible with all phones, tablets, players and other devices.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Unusual design that attracts customers.
The splitter has a set of buttons that enables users to control playing process and the volume.
Compatibility with majority of modern devices.
Audio cable is not detachable.
CablesOnline 3.5mm TRS Male Plug to 3x Female Stereo Audio Splitter AV-Y01F3
CeblesOnline Audio Splitter is one of those splitters that belongs to the group of splitters with more than two ports although it’s not a hub and reminds us of Y splitters.
There’s nothing much to say about its design because it is available only in black color and it is practically a cable with three output ports that spread the sound from one device to three different devices (three different pairs of headphones or three different speakers which can be used to create surround sound system in your house).
The splitter comes in one piece so you don’t have to attach anything; just unpack it, insert into a certain device and it is ready to be used. CablesOnline Audio Splitter has one 3.5mm male jack and three 3.5mm female plugs. As all of them are standard 3.5mm ports, it won’t be a problem to find a device that is compatible with your splitter. This splitter has those gold-plated connectors that provide high-quality sound.
Just like all splitters, this one is portable. Its dimensions are 8 x 1 x 0.5 inches and its weight is 0.3 ounces only. The length of the cable is about 8 inches. That makes it easy to use because you don’t have to be right next to the device and you can move your headphones or other devices connected to the splitter in the way you want.
The splitter is relatively well built. It is compatible mostly with high-impedance devices and if you connect it to a low-impedance gadget, it may cause volume decrease.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The splitter has gold-plated jack and ports that provide high-quality sound even when all the three ports are in use.
Good price for that quality.
Compatible with most of devices with standard ports.
The design of this splitter should be improved.
Belkin Speaker and Headphone 3.5mm AUX Audio Cable Splitter
One more product made by Belkin is on our list. This time it is a standard splitter with two output ports. You can find this standard version or, if you’re a fan of more solid items, a Y shaped version of this Belkin splitter.
When we speak about the design, we can say that both versions are simple, they come in black color, although the Y shaped splitter is more stylish and looks more durable.
Belkin Speaker and Headphone Splitter comes in one piece, so there’s nothing to attach. It is really simple to use. On one side you have 3.5mm male jack that should be inserted into your phone, player, TV or laptop and on the other side there are two female 3.5mm output ports. In those ports you should insert your headphone or speakers jack and the device will share stereo signal from one source of sound and send it to both output ends.
This splitter is portable because of its dimensions and lightness. The standard version is a bit smaller (it has dimensions 6 x 3 x 0.5 inches, and it weighs only 0.8 ounces), while the Y-shaped one is bigger (1.1 x 4 x 6 inches) and weighs 1.3 ounces. However, both versions are small enough to wear them in a bag on a trip, to work or anywhere else you might need a splitter.
Belkin Audio Splitter has solid construction and it can be qualified as a good and durable product (just like all Belkin’s products are); it is just a weaker version of those 5 ports Belkin splitters. It will certainly do its job – split the sound when you need it. You can even make some kind of sound surrounding system if you connect it to two pairs of speakers. The quality of sound and the requested volume should remain untouched.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Good quality product for more than acceptable price.
Compatible with most devices.
Not as strong as other Belkin splitters are.
The design of this splitter should be improved.
BestBuyGoods Octopus 1 to 5 Stereo Audio Headphone Splitter Adapter Converter
BestBuyGoods is a Chinese company that makes very popular and good quality products. One of them is surely BestBuyGoods Octopus 1 to 5 Stereo Audio Headphone Splitter, one very popular adapter among customers that you can buy for only $6.00, which is extremely good price.
Once again, the manufacturer has used that “traditional” shape of a star for this audio hub. It is advertised that the product is available in six different colors (white, blue, green, black, red and violet) but the white version is usually the available one.
The splitter has six female 3.5mm ports and it comes with an audio adapter cable that has two 3.5mm jacks. One of them is supposed to be inserted into the splitter and the other into a device that is used as a source of the sound. It leaves you then with five free ports to be used, and that surely is quite a number. The splitter is 1.97 inches wide, and the length of the splitter together with the cable attached is 9.64 inches. It weighs only 0.6 ounces, so you can put it in a bag with your phone or laptop and take it with you.
BestBuyGoods Octopus Headphone Splitter itself is well constructed, but the audio cable tends to brake easily, so it is possible that you will have to replace it soon. However, the lucky thing is that it can be separated from the splitter, so you will have to replace only the cable, not the splitter. If we speak of the sound and volume quality when the music is played, the splitter acts very good, but there can appear decrease in volume if all five ports are used at the same time.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Good quality product for good price.
It is compatible with most of players, phones, laptops and other devices that you use for listening to music or watching something.
Audio cable is detachable.
Audio cable brakes easily.
The quality of sound/volume can be lowered by using all five ports at once.
Hosa YPP-118 ¼ inch TRS to Dual ¼ inch TRSF Y Cable
Hosa is a serious company that has really good reputation. They make quality products and offer some of the most affordable prices on the market. Their cables are known for durability and good performance.
The design of Hosa YPP-118 Headphone Splitter is not as interesting as some other splitter designs are. It is a standard Y-shaped headphone splitter, available in black color because black is that color that can be easily combined with most of phones, tablet and other devices. Finishing on jacks and ports is quite good although it happens that some models have rough edges.
The splitter comes in one piece, so it is quite easy to use. It has one ¼ inches male jack that is inserted into the source of stereo sound and two ¼ inches female ports where you insert your headphones in order to duplicate the sound that has to stay stereo.
Hosa YPP-118 is well built and, as all the other products made by Hosa are, it preserves the quality of sound so it will be very difficult for you to notice any descend in volume or any sound breaking. Its dimensions are 6.5 x 2.4 x 2 inches, the length of the cable is 6 inches and it weighs a bit more than the average – 2.4 ounces.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Quality product that can be bought for a few dollars.
The sound doesn’t lose its quality and the volume doesn’t descend.
Excellent price for decent quality.
The design of the product should be improved.
Manufacturer sometimes leaves unfinished edges.
What You Should Know Before Buying a Headphone Splitter?
As you could see, headphone splitter is a very simple device and it works in a simple way. It doesn’t contain any complex electrical parts and that’s the main reason for its relatively low price and small weight.
However, in order to avoid problems with connecting it to your phone, computer or other devices, it is necessary to know which details you should pay attention to when buying splitters. In that way you can be sure that you’ve made the right choice.
- Types of Jacks
Just like headphones, splitters also use mini-jack to connect to the sound source, so you have to pay attention to that jack that stands at the end of the audio cable. The cable can have many cores, so if there are too many of them, your headphones won’t work and if there are not enough cores, the quality of the sound coming from the source of sound might be bad.
If you use standard stereo headphones, the jack should have two lines; one contact per channel. In case you use mono headphones, your jack should have one connector. If you want to connect two pairs of headphones with microphone, the jack should have four lines because headphones with microphone have the same number of connectors. If your jack doesn’t have that amount of connectors, the microphone won’t work.
- Cable Length
When looking for the most suitable splitter, you should think about the length of its audio cable. On one side, some people prefer that cable to be long because they don’t want to be too close to the computer if they are watching a film for example. On the other side, there are people that don’t want or need any cable because they don’t want them to be tangled. In any case, there are many splitters on the market, so you can choose and find what fits you best.
- Sound Quality
There are two types of people in this world; audiophiles and those that don’t pay so much attention to every detail concerning sound quality because the most important thing for them is that certain device does its job.
If you’re a member of the second group, you don’t have to worry too much because almost every splitter will be good for you. However, if you’re an audiophile, read specifications carefully and pick a product with gold-plated jacks and double shielding in order to avoid interference and signal loss and to be able to listen to music without volume decrease even in those cases when you connect five different headphones or speakers to your splitter.
Where and How Headphone Splitters Can Be Used?
To repeat what we’ve already mentioned, splitters can be used in many different situations and in many different ways.
Most of them are universal and can be connected to almost every cell phone, computer, laptop or TV. They are not predicted only to be used with headphones, because you can connect all of your speakers to them and make some kind of homemade sound surrounding system. One more option is to attach several splitters one to the other. In that way, the number of available plugs increases and more pairs of headphones or speakers can be used.
Why You Should Buy a Headphone Splitter?
If you are a frequent traveler (especially if you travel with your family or friends and you don’t want the noise coming from your device to annoy other people) or you want to listen to your favorite music in your house or studio using all available speakers, or you want to find an easier way to mix some quality music, you should have a headphone splitter.
Headphone splitter is an unbelievably simple but also very useful device that doesn’t cost a fortune. It is practically one of those irreplaceable devices in every big family or big company (even in modern schools today). When you buy your first headphone splitter, we are sure that you won’t be able to understand how you could live without it before.
Unfortunately, there are so many people who don’t know about these things or don’t know what they are capable of. We are sure that these small devices will become even more popular in the future and that more people will understand the help that these things offer not only to professionals and audiophiles, but to every person.
If you think that you might need a device like this in your house or at work, pick the device from our list of 10 best headphone splitters in 2018 that suits you best and we are sure you won’t regret it.
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