Coaxial audio vs. Optical audio - which is better, and which brand to buy?

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  1. Roger D

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    I've heard that Coaxial and Optical will carry the same quality of signal, but optical is immune to interference. Can anyone confirm this? Which will give me the best sound quality?

    Also, can anyone recomend a brand that I can purchase in stores. I've seen A/R, and Belkin at the same price. Monster was more expensive so I've ruled it out.
     
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    You're extremely unlikely to have problems with electromagnetic interference in a home environment with coax. Buy the cheapest composite video cable you can find, use the coax connection. That will already get you the best sound quality possible. There is no need to spend any more than $5.

    Cheapest optical probably runs closer to $10.
     
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    In My experience and i've tried the following cables on the optical side:

    Tara Labs > Monster THX > Ratshack/targetcrap/walmartjunk cables.

    Why I have no idea but the Tara always sounded better...even blindly tested to me. The only thing i've been able to come up with is the quality of the construction plays a huge role in that. The connector quality is much better on the Tara as opposed to the others. The Tara isn't that expensive either($40).
     
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    If your getting optical go with pure glass. For the price you can't go wrong.

    Pure Glass Optical
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    Kevin
     
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    If you go with a coaxial cable, get the proper type of cable. I have been able to recreate audio dropouts just by switching to a cheaper non-dedicated coax cable that was not meant for this purpose.

    Also, read this... Digital Audio: Optical Connection vs. Coax connection
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to go with the glass optical.

    From the link Kevin provided, I can see that they cost about $28 US. Does anyone know any Canadian sources that I can find glass optical from? And even more preferred, any stores in the Toronto area where I can pick them up.

    My Blue Jeans Cable costed me $80 after USD to CDN and the customs I had to pay. I'd like to try and avoid ordering from US distributors so that I don't have to pay customs.

    Thanks,
    Roger
     

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