A quick digital coax question

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  1. LawrenceZ

    LawrenceZ Stunt Coordinator

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    My digital cable box has an output labeled "SPDIF" and I have an available digital coax in on my receiver. I'm wondering if this is the digital audio out of the cable box and if I need a special cable to use it. I tried a standard RCA cable and it didn't work. Also, for bonus points, can anyone tell me what SPDIF stands for (I like knowing the acronyms).
     
  2. Brad Marcus

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    SPDIF = Sony Philips Digital InterFace

    The cable to use is a 75-ohm coax (video cable). Do not use audio cable as you are transferring digital data, not analog audio.
     
  3. LawrenceZ

    LawrenceZ Stunt Coordinator

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    Great, thanks for the help.
     
  4. PaulT

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    Read the info in this other forum in regards to what may be output from your cable box's S/PDIF output.
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=105407
    I have to assume you use Shaw in Calgary. Here in OK Valley the Shaw rep I spoke with didn't even know if they were broadcasting the Digital surround (a la 4th year Soprano's episodes) or not. I have not hooked it up myself even though my receiver will auto sense.
    Rat Shack has a 12 foot cable for 40CDN (p/n 42-2681), London Drugs audio departments carry them (Monster brand) in various lengths and price ranges. If it doesn't work the way you want, you will have a spare cable....
     

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