XBox Optical Cable Question

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  1. Daniel Swartz

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    I just discovered an old audioquest cable lying around and was curious if it was suitable for the 5.1 optical cable run from my XBox to my receiver. The cable is a blue, "video one", silver-plated copper audioquest with the following specs:

    -22 AWG (UL)
    -Type CL3
    -75 degrees Cel

    Now, the "video one" sounds like it wouldn't work for audio but I think I use the same type of cable currently in between my DVD player and receiver. I just can't get behind the cabinet to double check.

    Any thoughts guys? Thanks!
     
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    Doesn't sound like an optical cable at all, to me...
     
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    As long as the cable is optical with Toslink connectors I don't think there would be problem. I say hook it up and give it whirl, if it doesn't work, no big deal.
     
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    Daniel, you are describing a coaxial cable that you probably use for video and audio between your DVD player and receiver. What you need is a fiber optic cable, which doesn't have any copper at all. They generally have square 'toslink' interfaces, as opposed to the round coaxial cable interfaces.

    At present, I think optical cabling is only used for digital audio and not for video in most HT applications.
     
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    I got a G.E. one at Target a couple months ago for $11... works fine.
     
  6. Daniel Swartz

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    Thanks guys. Any idea on where I can get a 25 foot fiber optic cable with toslink connectors relatively inexpensively?
     
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    I'm no expert, but 25 feet may be out of opticals effective range... You need to locate your XBox closer to your reciever...
     
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    25 feet is not out of optical's range. Here is a website that sells them in lengths up to 50 feet, very reasonably priced too.
     
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  10. Daniel Swartz

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    Good stuff. This is a situation where the layout of the room demands such a length unfortunately.... Thanks!
     

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