Forgive possible repeat - TosLink vs. Digital coax

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Mike Romo, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Mike Romo

    Mike Romo Stunt Coordinator

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    Forgive me if this has already been discussed.

    So, years ago, I went with an optical cable from bettercables.com and figured that this was the way to go. Just the other day, as I was buying my component video cables from them, I saw this on their website:

    What is better OPTICAL or DIGITAL COAX?
    Generally speaking, when you have the choice between toslink (optical) and digital coax, the digital coax sounds better. Both carry a digital signal, but the optical signal goes through 2 extra conversions (electrical->light and light->electrical). The optical connection has shown to have more jitter problems.

    Do you guys agree with this? Why did "they" include optical in the first place? I would think the signal would be more clear...

    thanks!
    mike
     
  2. Jamie Doucette

    Jamie Doucette Stunt Coordinator

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    I almost always prefer coax myself. Not a big Toslink fan...
     
  4. matt-f

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    I personally prefer coax myself. I pretty much use it for all my connections unless there is a device that only has optical output only.
     
  5. Leo Kerr

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    I use some Toslink and some coax - again, some devices only support one or the other.

    My preference is from an economic standpoint: a decent 75ohm cable is much cheaper than the cheapest crap Toslink cable.

    As for sound, well, in a well designed and built piece of hardware, there shouldn't be any difference. (Is that safe enough because of the qualifiers?)

    Leo Kerr
     
  6. Chu Gai

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    The jitter differences don't rise to the point of audibility.
     

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