Toslink to toslink cable

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Is there any difference between a toslink to toslink cable
and a digital optical cable for connecting between a dvd
player and a 5.1 ch. home theatre system?Also what type of
cable should be used with a digital audio out on a dvd player
and the home theatre? Would standard co-ax be ok?

Re: Toslink to toslink cable

No real functional difference. Some swear "digital" coax sounds better
than TOSLINK and vice-versa, but I doubt anyone could honestly tell the
difference in a blind audio test.

As far as practical concerns, TOSLINK's fiber optic signal path cannot
be effected by EMI (electromagnetic interference); however it is not
quite as robust as coax (if the fiber is somehow kinked, just like a
water hose, the medium will stop flowing.) Conversely, quality coax is
extemely durable and still very resistant to EMI due to its shielding,

A caveat with coax is that RCA jack's were developed in the 1930's for
the phonograph, and typically do not achieve the 75 ohm spec for
today's a/v connections. Canare makes high-quality RCA plugs that they
advertise as "true 75 ohm connectors." You can buy broadcast quality
Canare or Belden coax terminated with Canare from bluejeanscable (or
me) for about $12-15 (3' to 6'). You can do a little better on TOSLINK
from at about $11-13.

It's really a matter of personal preference. One last bit of advice,
I've never had a TOSLINK cable break, but have had the connectors pop
out of devices while being shuffled around; however I have had several
RCA cables break (yes even the "monstrous" kind) due to crappy solder
joints between the wires & RCA plug (which is why I now roll my own
with Canare components). Canare not only meets the 75 ohm spec, but
also do not pop off unless you physically pull them off.

Good luck,

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Re: Toslink to toslink cable

Read the other thread I sent on 12/27 called optical cable quality, and
Jeff's reply. Some good info.
I am new to the home theater setup. In a couple of weeks, I will finish the
install with speakers and subwoofer etc.
I used Toslink, or digital audio cables from the TV to the home theater get the sound from the TV over the 5.1 speakers, and then I used
another hunk of Toslink cable to go from the DVD player to the amp to use
just for playing CD's   I think the quality afforded with the Toslink cables
is better than what you may remember with RCA connectors.
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