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Optical or Coax?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by David Ely, Oct 3, 2001.

  1. David Ely

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    I was wondering what type of digital cable people have connecting their DVD player the their receivers. I currently have an optical cable, but I'm thinking about going to coax. Why? Well ... Why not? Hehehe [​IMG]
    So ... what do you have?
     
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    Coax...
    Because you can use any old Composite Video cable (which i have plenty of), and even if you have to buy it, its cheaper than an optical cable... [​IMG]
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    Optical here... Can a hardware expert please give us a definitive answer as to which is best and why? There must be some way to test the actual efficiency of each.
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    Coax.
    1. You can use any RCA cable you have laying around the house.
    2. Optical cable is expensive as is not laying around the house.
    3. Optical provides no bandwidth advantage were the audio bitstream is concerned. Max is max regardless of medium.
    4. Optical breaks very easily, coax does not.
    But, optical does look cool.
     
  8. JohanK

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    I use both with a DVD player but am moving to HTPC so am limited to coaxial (which I have no problem with).
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    Right now I am close to port exhaust on my receiver, so I'm using both. Both sound excellent to my ears!
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    I use metal coat hangers!!
    Hey it's digital, it's either there or not !!
    LL cool B
    Coax usually [​IMG]
     
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    From what I recall about this topic on this forum previously, it appears that there is no measurable advantage to optical over coax.
    Coaxial is much less likely to "break" than an optical cable, so Coax it is for me!
     
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    I've been using optical for 2 years, but hell, if the cable ever breaks, I'll switch to coax at that time!
     
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    Optical... no reason [​IMG]
     
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    I use coax. [​IMG]
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    I use a coaxial digital cable for my DVD player. I used to use an optical digital cable, but when I moved and shifted some components around a few months ago, I had a free coaxial digital cable lying around, so I started using it. I have not observed any difference in sound quality between the two cable types. The coaxial digital cable is more sturdy though, which makes me feel better.
    Many audiophiles prefer coaxial digital cables. Besides being more sturdy, they often say that they sound better than optical digital cables. I don't know why this should be so. It is true that the vast majority of audiophile-oriented CD players only have a coaxial digital output.
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    Coax for me.
    Cheaper, more sturdy, and I have not heard of anyone being able to hear a difference.
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    How about "Optaxial" connections?? [​IMG]
    Actually I get all my digital devices together and connect according to what inputs/outputs I have. The only time I have a choice is my DVD player and I use coax. It's the only input left after my AC-3 LD connection(coax), DTS LD connection(opt), and HDTV receiver connectin(opt).
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    My DVD player will pass a digital signal through both outputs so I borrowed my friend's Monster Toslink and through video switching I did a side by side comparison between the optical and my Monster Coax and I found that for 5.1 material (I.E. DD, DTS) there was no difference at all but with PCM (CD's) the coax had a much more warm sound to it where as the Toslink sounded "tinny" or hollow and lacking the bass push (in the low end) that the coax "seemed" to have. I brought my mom over and asked her if she heard a difference and she (being 65) said that the "one sounded cold, but I like that other one", she had picked the coax.
    This has been my experience anyway & I don't understand how it could be because a bit is a bit, right?.
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