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JL Audio XMC-USB/3.5MM-PNL

Panel-mount combination jack with minijack input and USB port

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by Jon Paulette
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A convenient jack that mounts on a panel

Tired of fumbling around behind your instrument panel every time you want to connect a music source to your marine stereo? This panel-mount combo jack from JL Audio lets you create a convenient, permanent connection point for a variety of USB or 3.5mm devices.

With this panel installed in your boat, you can use the USB port to connect and charge your USB-compatible digital music players, thumb drives, and smartphones. The jack also accepts a 3.5mm stereo plug for analog audio signals, providing output via a pair of female RCA jacks. Of course, you'll need the appropriate cables to connect your various devices.

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This marine-rated 6-foot cable can be mounted on any flat surface up to 1" thick.  You'll need to create a 3/4" hole for the connector, which tightens into place using the plastic wing nut on the opposite side of the mounting surface. A labeled, sealed rubber cover protects the panel from rain and spray. Warranty: 2 years.

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  • 6' Marine certified USB/AUX cable (w/ a female USB type-A/3.5mm jack on one end and male USB type-A/stereo RCA connectors on other end)

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Marine Certified AUX/USB Cable: This panel-mount combination jack facilitates the creation of a permanent connection point for a wide variety of portable audio sources, including USB-compatible digital music players, thumbdrives and smartphones. The jack accepts a 3.5 mm stereo plug for analog audio signals, providing output via a pair of female RCA jacks. A separate 9-wire USB type-A jack is provided for connection and charging of digital devices, outputting via a male USB Type A connector (USB 2.0 and USB 3.0-compatible). An appropriate USB and/or minijack cable for your device is required to make the input connection.

Mounting Options: This product is designed to be mounted to any flat surface up to 1" thick. Mounting requires a 0.75" hole and is tightened into place with a plastic wing-nut on the opposite side of the mounting surface. A labeled rubber cover with a tight-fitting seal provides protection against the elements.

 
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4 out of 5

Pro Audio

Written By kid, West Coast FLA on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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This device does not carry any amperage per Se, so not sure why the wiring is so heavy duty looking. Perhaps it's just for shielding or protection. Well made product. This thing is the same price as some 2 and even 4 channel amps, so professional installers may have a difficult time marking up the price to a customer. It's already priced at the top of the ceiling. It would have had to of been priced at about 50% of what I paid to give it a 5 star rating. Hence..... 4 stars
Pros:
* Top quality cables and solid connectors * Easy installation with the proper tools * Nice clean professional look when installed
Cons:
*Price could be considered exorbitant, but brand name Apple iPhone patch cords also seem crazy high *The protective / weather resistant cap flap doesn't seat with a definitive snap, which could result in it popping open
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4 out of 5

Nice Heavy Cable

Written By Mr. Ed, Central PA on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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This is a substantial cable extension for usb and audio jack. Keep in mind that most in-dash units have the usb port on the face and the RCA jacks on the rear. In my case, the flip-cover needed to stay open to connect the usb extension...this defeats the purpose of the flip cover. A rear usb port would be nice for this application. Other than that, the cable is worth the money.
Pros:
Well made
Cons:
None (wouldn't work for my application)
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1 question already asked

Will this work on my Pioneer AVH-X3500BHS DVD Receiver? The USB part is what I'm most concerned about. I want it to be able to charge my phone and allow me to listen to music from the USB part. I'm not so much worried about the aux jack. [ Dusty  Mar 17, 2014 ]
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  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That cable would work fine but the Pioneer AVH-X3500BHS comes with a 59" USB extension cable for that purpose. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 18, 2014 ]

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