Analog vs. Digital interconnects

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  1. Bill W.

    Bill W. Stunt Coordinator

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    Is there a difference in Analog and Digital interconnects?

    I'm about to build some cables using Mike's instructions and wondered if there was any difference.

    I know that the big companies, ie. Monster, Audioquest, etc. all advertise a "Digital" interconnect. Is there really a difference? What is the difference between the big name companies various levels of interconnect cables?

    Thanks, Bill
     
  2. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    There most certainly is a difference between the cables
    labeled as Data cables and those labled as analog cables.

    You can not use a digital cable on an anlalog connction
    because the digital cable is designed to filter out anything
    other than 1's and 0's where the analog cable will pass
    anything from 1 to infinity and A through Z too..

    Am I being sarcastic? Yes.. You get my drift though..

    Analog or Digital it's a scam.. Same cables...
     
  3. Javier_Huerta

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    What about impedance mismatch? I think digital cables should be 75 ohms. I have succesfully used audio cables in digital applications, though. I have even connected a 75 ohm SPDIF coax to a 100 ohm XLR digital input with no impedance mismatch issues.

    OTOH, I agree with you Brett: many esoteric cables seem to me to be a huge scam.
     
  4. Patrick Sun

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    Shielded cables plays a slightly bigger part in the efficacy of a cable in transmitting a digital bitstream between a DVD player's digital output and the processor's input. 75 ohm is the preferred cable impedance for interconnects for transmitting digital bitstreams.

    "Digital" is a marketing buzzword, just like "HDTV antennas" which are the same as normal VHF/UHF OTA antennas.
     
  5. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    The only "digital only" cables would be the optical toslink.
     
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  7. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    Stand corrected.
     
  8. Bill W.

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    Thanks guys, that was what I believed, but stopped through a high end shop and noticed all the "Digital" hype and let myself be distracted.

    Bill
     
  9. BruceD

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    The simple answer is to use 75 Ohm IC cables labeled "AV" or "Video" or "Digital" for all digital and analog IC duties, excepting the possible use of Toslink for some digital IC duties.

    ICs labeled as "Audio" can actually be of the 50 Ohm variety and can cause problems, like signal reflections, when used for digital ICs.
     
  10. Bill W.

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    Thanks, Bruce

    Bill
     
  11. Pete Mazz

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    And make sure they say "Titanium" on the package somewhere. Then you know they're better! [​IMG]
    Pete
     
  12. Michael Hartwig

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    "Titanium rules!"
    Especially if you hit the ball in the sweet spot.
     
  13. Bill W.

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    [​IMG] But of course thats only if you can hit the middle of the club face.
    Bill[​IMG]
     

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