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"best sounding" brand for an optical audio cables

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
what is the "best sounding" brand for an optical audio cables?
post #2 of 19
the cheapest you can find

you wont be loosing any 0's or 1's with an optical cable, there's no RFI to shield, no EMI either
post #3 of 19
Heh, Braver, I used to think that too.

I'm sure there are some super-hardcore tweakers here who would want to comment on the reasons for a better cable though.
post #4 of 19
heh, no doubt about that
post #5 of 19
This always makes me wonder why there are expensive and cheap optical cables...perhaps the indsides are made of a more reflective material?

EDIT: I use a soundblaster live platinum with the live drive that has an optical out and frankly with different cables I havent noticed any difference but I havent really taken trouble to sit down and look for differences. Though im sure the soundblaster makes the sound worse.........too bad you cant buy better sound cards here
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
does shielding (sp?) help the sound quaility?


so... like a $10 radio shack optical cables should almost sound the same as a $100 shield brand-name optical cable
post #7 of 19
what do you want to shield the light from? not like you can pull it out of direction with a magnet or anything.

just don't get any sharp bents in it or heat it up, that would not be good. might warp the light.

but what are you going to use it for? and how picky are you about differences?

1.do you use it to connect your source with a DAC?

2.do you sit down and take the time to find any differences (and if there aren't any, which is very likely, make up a few) and then call the most expensive one the best?

3.or do you use it to record MDs for portable use?

of 1, get a nice sturdy one for not too much, if 2, blow all the spare cash you got on the cable , if 3, just take the RS one.

I haven't investigated this subject, tho common sense a bit of scientific knowledge make this my opinion.
post #8 of 19
Silly...you want an optical cable with an anti-gravity displacer field dialectic. This will prevent the forces of gravity from bending light within the 3 foot cable.

Or you can be mundane and get anything that works, but the Gravity man!
post #9 of 19
****, scratch all I said! the GRAVITY! forgot all about the gravity man! thanks Tim, you're a lifesaver!
post #10 of 19
Dude, you forgot! You need a vacumn chamber to store all of that equipment in, otherwise the light does not travel at the speed it is supposed to!
post #11 of 19
Actually, it would seem to me that the most important thing for an optical cable would be the material the cable itself is made out of (i.e. that it is as light-conductive as possible) and that the material is "pure" (i.e. that it doesn't refract the signal at any point in the cable.

Even so, it would have to be bad enough to overwhelm the error-correction circuitry of the DAC.
post #12 of 19
Hmm, you guys think this refraction thing could open up whole new marketing possibilities for crappy optical cables? Check this out...

"No, our cables are not made of pure crystal. Actually, our intern kinda smudged the insides a little bit wiping his fingers on them after he sneezed. But that's a good thing! Really! That smudging actually creates a prismatic spray, which causes the same kind of sweet distortion that tube amps cause. Think of the money you'll save!"
post #13 of 19
Oh, and panoz777, half the people here believe it doesn't matter what optical cable you get. The other half will tell you to try different ones to see which works best. My vote goes to getting a RadioShack cable, if you don't have really good equipment already.
post #14 of 19
well folks,you just knew i had to weigh in on this.Though theoretically there should be no difference there is.Not that I am going to recommend spending big digits on a toslink,but not a few low end generic cables have terrible light transmission capabilities.The optical fiber itself is of such a low quality that the transmission efficiency is reduced.
Having said that I use radio shack cables,good enough
post #15 of 19
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Originally posted by rickcr42
well folks,you just knew i had to weigh in on this.Though theoretically there should be no difference there is.Not that I am going to recommend spending big digits on a toslink,but not a few low end generic cables have terrible light transmission capabilities.The optical fiber itself is of such a low quality that the transmission efficiency is reduced.
Having said that I use radio shack cables,good enough
Where are the Cableguys/Experts when you need em?
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