I have just bought a portable MD recorder and want to record digitaly from my Arcam Alpha 8 cd player so I have bought a Profigold 481 digital lead which in turn is fed through a Vivanco coax/optical converter. The problem is that when I try to record it marks a track on the MD every few seconds and each time it makes a mark you get a judder in the sound. Also I have noticed when the MD is in sync mode waiting for a signal I can hear lots of pops and clicks. I have tried the lead and converter on a dvd player and it works fine so It must be the digital out on my Arcam. Does anyone have any ideas on how to rectify this problem? P.S. Would it be wise to upgrade the optical cable which I got free with my Sony MD.