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Coax / Optical / Phono / 1 of each, 3 items! help!

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by minimal_fuss, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. minimal_fuss

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    Hi, i use a 5.1 AV reciever to output my sound through my speakers.

    Currently connected to it:
    DVD player (connection options: optical/phono/coax)
    CD player (connection options: optical/ Gold plated phono)
    Computer (connection options optical/phono)

    My reciever has:
    1x optical
    1x Coax
    2x Gold plated phono (2 sets of 2 obviously)
    several other phono.

    The DVD player is currently connected to the coax connection as its the onyl one with coax anyway.

    -My dilema is do i connect the CD player or the Computer to the remaing Optical cable??!

    With high quality Phono cables and the gold connectors would there be much difference between the cd players sound quality on optical?
     
  2. loadsofleads

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    I suppose it depends what you will be using your computer for, optical will allow multi-channel sound, a standard stereo phono cable will not. Does your CD player use multi-channel sound such as SACD or DVD-Audio ? If the answer is no, I would use good phono cables for the CD player and then you can use a optical cable for the computer, which is better, especially if the receiver and computer are very far apart as optical can travel very long lengths and still be very inconspicuous. :thumbsup:
     
  3. minimal_fuss

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    no the cd player is just for stero, so i came to much the same conclusion....but will their be much sound quality loss downgrading from a toslink optical to some high grade phono interconnectors?
     
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    a better approach deciding might be this

    Where is your music coming from?

    For example if you have ripped your CDs to lossless formats and don't have an RME/Lynx/... then I would suggest you digital your PC/analogue your CD.

    If on the other hand you just play games on the PC but you listen to music on real CDs, then you should decide if your Receiver or your CD player has better Digital to Analogue conversion. If the CD player go for Analogue, If the Receiver go for digital.

    For clearer advice you should list the following in a reply

    Make and Model of your equipment.
    The source material you listen to and how it is stored and played (what device).

    Cheers

    Rajiv
     
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    Anybody that could tell the difference in quality between Optical and a good set of RCA cables has better ears than me. Technicaly optical is of course superior, but I doubt you could tell the diffrence unless you have equipment costing thousands.
     
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    nope, im a student in mid range seperates, and thats the answer i wanted.

    picking up some new speakers tomorrow,
    will grab some nu speaker cable, banana plugs, and some high end phonos while im there. cheers!
     
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    EDIT:

    another solution has just been brought to my attention.
    apprently you can by small optical switches - like a scart switch, ie 3 toshlinks in and 1 out and you select the one in use.

    Anyone know where i can get one of these?
    Cheers.
     
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    We don't stock them but try these chaps :thumbsup:
     

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