Coax audio vs video cable

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  1. Ray Gutnick

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    A friend just bought a surround receiver. However, he told me that the salesman at A&B sold him a video coaxial cable to be used in place of the audio digital coaxial cable (and said it would function the same). Does this make any sense?
     
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    yes it is the same thing, 75ohm coax cable with rca connectors.
     
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    The salesman is correct and not boosting his commission by selling a special "Coaxial Digital" cable.

    The people who wrote the spec (The SPDIF Sony Philips Digital Interface Format) wanted DVD players to become accepted. So instead of specifying a network or some cable with a funny connector, they decided to design around a common-as-dirt Video cable. 75 ohm coax cable with RCA plugs on each end.

    Some cable companies made lots of profit by taking their ordinary $20 video cable and putting in packages marked "Digital" with a $50 price tag.
     
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    Excellent! Thanks for the info.
     
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