Digital Optical or Coxial

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  1. KyleL

    KyleL Auditioning

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    Hello,

    Lately I have been doing alot of Integra 7.1 surround sound installs. My question is if the receiver has both coxial and optical inputs, and the dvd player or cable box has both kind of outputs, and both of the cables are the same price, which one would you pick and why?

    Thanks, Kyle
     
  2. RobertC

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    Kyle
    I would use coxial.It is way better than optical.
    Everone into high end and low end stuff all go
    with the coxial cable it will give you way better
    sound .And a good cable makes a big diff.Hope this helps.


    Regards
    RobertC
     
  3. NickSo

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  4. John Garcia

    John Garcia Executive Producer

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    I use coaxial whenever possible. A decent quality coax is cheaper than a decent quality optical (don't ask me why), and there is one less conversion to be done with coaxial (optical conversion). A coax cable's connections are much more sturdy, though I've never actually had an optical cable break.

    Most threads like this tend to never end in anything constructive, so I recommend you pick one and be happy with it.
     
  5. Tingwe

    Tingwe Stunt Coordinator

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    John,
    unless you've got a DVD Player that only has a optical/toslink out right? like my Panny [​IMG]
     
  6. John Garcia

    John Garcia Executive Producer

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    Yeah, my old Panny A300U only had optical out too, but all of my players since then have had coax, as does my SACD player, a Sony 222ES (which I am happy about). Some of the newer Pannys have coax only [​IMG]
     
  7. FeisalK

    FeisalK Screenwriter

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    if you're going to try optical, just make sure its one of those glass opticals and not a plastic one
     
  8. Perry Jonkheer

    Perry Jonkheer Second Unit

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    hasn't this topic been beat like a drum?
     
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    Wayne Ernst Cinematographer

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    I've thought the same thing. I actually was grinding my teeth as I clicked on this thread. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    There's no horse so dead that it can't be brought out once more for a round of flogging.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. DorianBryant

    DorianBryant Screenwriter

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    Kyle,

    People will debate this all day long. I say you could never tell the difference in blind a/b testing. Compare them yourself and make the call...
     
  12. HowY

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    One consideration....

    If'in you plan on doing any recording...

    - analog I mean... Reel or cassette etc...

    You'll need a digital AND analog interconnect!

    Run the optical/coax "dvd in" and also run a patch
    to "tape" or "aux" in so you can record from
    digital source to an analog device.

    Aspect has'nt been mentioned...
     

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