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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Scott*E, Jul 19, 2002.
Which is really better?
I've seen this question before and the general feel was that there was just about no difference. Most said that. Few said Coax. Others said they prefer coax because the cable can stand up to more.
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You might also want to choose based on how many open connections you have of each.
I use TOSLINK (Optical Digital). The actual difference between the 2 is slim to nill. You will notice no difference, and I've never seen any listed sound differences between the two. Optical is probably more prefered mainly cause receivers and pre/pros generally have more optical jacks then coax's nowadays. My Optical connection sounds great... only flaw is I have to be careful as hell with that 1m $50 cable cause if it's bent... it's broke.
You can send a digital signal down a clothes line if you limit the bit rate, or clock speed, as we used to say. The only significant difference is that optical is much more mechanically fragile than coaxial. One great advantage of optical however is that that son of a gun is easy to find when you're "out back" looking for it.
If they perform the same and the prices are different then choice should be clear. Especially if coaxial is more durable and has been preferred by audiophiles.