What type of digital cable do you run from your DVD to Receiver

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  1. Robertto

    Robertto Stunt Coordinator

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    I currently run optical but some friends I was speaking to this past weekend (audiophiles) said coax was the best for sound reproduction.

    What's everyone's opinion on this?

    Thanks
     
  2. dave_brogli

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    I think there so close there really is no difference. Just my opinion!
     
  3. Paul Clarke

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    I agree. Some say bandwidth is better with coax but I don't hear any difference. I run Analog, Optical and Coax as my 70BK is currently my CD source and I like the flexibility.
     
  4. Camp

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    To my ears, bits is bits. I use coax.
     
  5. Jason Wilcox

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    I just use coax because it's less delicate.
     
  6. Andre F

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    I use both and I never really hear a difference.
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  7. Philip Hamm

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    My pre/pro has one coax and one optical input. The optical is the DVD player and the coax is my LD player and switchable to my MiniDisc player. They all work fine to me.
     
  8. KeithH

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    This subject has been discussed before over on the Tweaking, Connections and Accessories board. A search should yield some helpful information.

    Like Jason, I use a coaxial digital cable between my DVD player and receiver because optical digital cables are not as robust. Furthermore, I use a coaxial digital cable for recording CDs to minidiscs.
     
  9. Leon Liew

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    I use coax & optical from DVD to A/V receiver. Just an
    additional option with the optical really.Although the
    detection of signals is faster with the optical still I
    prefer the coax as it gives a more 'solid' feeling than the
    optical which I felt is a bit on the 'hollow' side.

    I felt that coax is more suitable for home theater whilst
    optical is more for music. Just my personal view but of
    course it's very subjective.
     
  10. Richard Gray

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    I use Coax for the DVD Player, and an optical for my CD changer.
     
  11. MarkPayton

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    I'm currently using optical for both DVD player and CD changer. Was using coax for the DVD until my Panny 120 died and I replaced it (today) with the new Panny RP62 which only has optical out. I would have preferred coax as many have mentioned for the durability of the cable, but there seems to be no perceptible difference in audio quality...
     
  12. Robertto

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    My friends tend to be at the extreme end of the audiophile spectrum so it does not surprise me that their opinions of off canter w/majority opinion.

    I might just go buy a decent coax to see for myself. Can't hurt right?
     
  13. NickSo

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    Coax coz its cheaper (just use a simple composite video cable), and I was too lazy to tell my dad to go out and buy a $40 optical cable :p)
     
  14. Michael Lomker

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    Nick, you'll definitely have some sound quality issues if you use an analog interconnect for your digital coax connection. The cables have a different impedence. I tried using one when I first got my receiver and dumped it the moment I heard the difference.

    Coax does have a higher bandwidth from a technical perspective, but the primary reason for using it is that the optical connectors don't have as good of a physical connection.
     
  15. Allen Longcor

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    There are so many names for cables out there. Is a digital coaxial cable actually called a digital coaxial cable?
     
  16. Leon Liew

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    Agree with you Michael. Using composite video cables
    for digital connection will definitely let to loss of
    sound quality on the system. A proper coax cable will
    definitely do the job as they are made for it. For composite
    video cables are primarily for video images which I vouched
    that it provide excellent video transfers because I am using three to connect the component outputs from DVD to TV directly.
     
  17. Ralph Bru

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    Leon hit it correctly. the sound is more pronounced and stronger, either that or its my setup. [​IMG]
    but really I went back and forth listening and definitely noticed that opyical didnt have the presence coax did.
     

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