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Coax or Optical audio output for DVD?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Marc Go, Aug 29, 2001.

  1. Marc Go

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    This is an interesting debate. I currently have an Optical connection to my Pioneer DVD player, but there is also a Coax hookup. Which do you prefer and why?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Mike LS

    Mike LS Supporting Actor

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    I think a search (done at off-peak hours of course [​IMG]) will reveal more than one multi-page debate on this subject. No need to get into it again.
     
  3. Marc Go

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    I tried the search before posting...the site said that it was unavailable.
     
  4. Chip E

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    Go digital coax if at all possible... Less fragle connection than an optical cable. IMO.
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    In your case, the coax, because that gives you something new to mess around with, and we all know that's what this hobby is truly about [​IMG]
     
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    Neither Coax or Optical has a quality advantage over the other. Coax, however, is less fragile. Go with Coax.
     
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    I've used both and cannot hear a difference. Right now I am using optical for my DSS receivers, and coaxial for my DVD player.
    Home Theater magazine did a blind-test a year or so ago.
    All the coax cables (cheap->expensive) sounded about the same.
    But the reviewers all heard a difference with some of the optical cables. This was never explained, but my pet theory was that some of the optical cables had been damaged when they were wound tight and stuffed into a blister-package.
    Because a 75 ohm video cable is cheap/common/robust, this is the usual recommended cable.
     
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    I use coax mainly because I read the optical connections are not always the most secure. I have to apply some real force to get the coax cable off.
     

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