Crazy idea? It's actually not imperative, since cables aren't that pricey anymore, at least at discount stores. But............... ; Has it been tried, and is it a hazardous thing to attempt? That is...... finding a means of coupling two optical cables together, not by the fibers, but having the tips of both secured head-on to each other. I've thought of a fairly easy way to do it, but ; 1) Would there be quality loss, enough to matter? 2) Could it be a hazard to a surround system amplifier, were the ends not lined up well enough , or if they were bumped out of line. ( to this question, I never posted it but sometimes when I change channels using the optical out from cable box, a very loud crackle/ pop sound will come my system, but only the right speaker? Curiously , that speaker had to be replaced while the other of same age and specs, is still working fine) Best leave this idea off the front burner? ( just like experimenting when solving issues) thanks.