Newbie question: digital audio, better coax or optical?

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  1. Timothy J. Trace

    Timothy J. Trace Auditioning

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    Subject says it all...digital audio, better coax or optical?
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    Digital is digital, but optical goes through an additional conversion. Could the average human hear the difference? Doubt it.
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  3. Eric Stuckey

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    Here is somthing that you dint ask, but is SO inportain.
    Do not go cheep on a/v cables.The more you spend ,the better.I like Kember Kable for all use's.Speaker wire too.
    Monster cable is good but there are many more that are even beter.
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

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    If you have a choice, the coaxial connection tends to be cheaper and simpler. (That thin, optical cable looks like it is going to get beat-up by all those thicker cables [​IMG] )
    Some magazines have reported little difference in sound using several different coaxial cables, but they heard a difference among some optical cables they were testing. They could never explain this. My personal theory is that one or two of the optical cables were damaged or had mis-aligned connectors.
    Another member hooked up a Radio Shack optical cable, then a Monster version and shined the output onto a piece of paper. The Monster optical cable was clearly brighter. (note: too-bright can also be a problem). This does not say Monster is "better" than Radio Shack, just that consistancy is not very good with optical cables.
    Note: You Do know that you can use a Video cable for the coaxial-digital connection? The people who wrote the SPDIF specification wanted you to be able to buy a very common cable, so they specified a 75 ohm Video cable. You dont need a cable that says "Digital" on the package or have little arrows on the jacket.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    quote: The more you spend ,the better.
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    I can't agree with that. Terrible advice in my opinion.[/quote]
    I agree. BAD advice. Kimber is a good example too. Waste of money for speaker cable, IMO.
    [Edited last by John Garcia on September 17, 2001 at 05:15 PM]
     
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    This subject is very 'controversial' among HT enthusiasts...
    Im a believer in BITS ARE BITS... Sending 1s and 0s over a plastic cable with light will be the same as sending 1s and 0s over wire with electricity...
    Optical Cables -> Sound the same as -> Digital Coaxial Cables -> Which EQUALS -> Composite video cable
    Yes, a well shielded RCA Yellow composite video cable is the same as a Shielded Digital Coaxial cable
     

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