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Co-axial vs Optical

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Johnny Thunder, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. Johnny Thunder

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    Could someone please explain, is one better than the other ?
    Or do things change in different situations.
    Thank you.
    Johnny.
     
  2. pemberto

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    Johnny,

    At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. Some people say that coax is better and some will say optical is better.

    You are the only one who can make that choice in your environment. Best thing to do is to see if your local av dealer will lend you both sets of cables to try at home.

    For what it is worth, I am in the camp of coax is better and I use a Ven den Hul The FIRST Ultimate, this was after sitting down with the wife and testing each cable type.

    Hope that helps,
    Paul
     
  3. Ian J

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    This question has caused many arguments in the past. It would seem that for most ordinary applications there is negligible audible difference in quality.
     
  4. eviljohn2

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    As has been said, as long as the cable is well designed there won't be any difference between the 2. If you're running several hundred kilometres or have cables running several kilovolts in the same room I'd tend to go with optical though. :)
     
  5. Johnny Thunder

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    Thanks for the replies ...........
    Johnny.
     
  6. MikeRJ

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    When it boils down to it, a co-axial connection is bound to have less jitter than optical. That said, the extra jitter generated by the SPDIF optcial conversion is pretty tiny.
     
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    .... and co-axial cables allow a direct electrical connection between chassis which itself could cause problems. Swings and roundabouts..... :)
     
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    I just tried both connections (from the same DVD player) and don´t hear a difference.
     
  9. Bruce1310

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    I've tried a number of both....can't really quantify any difference so in the end went with the co-ax as l prefer the connector...the RCA just feels more secure to me....but in the end that probably has no effect on the sound!
     

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