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Comet - Having a laugh with Optical cables

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by iwatkins, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. iwatkins

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    Hi All,

    Dropped into Comet today (as they stock Monster cables) to pick up a couple of SCART leads as I'm rearranging all my gear.

    OK, found the ones I want then I remembered I needed a longer optical lead to connect my Pace Twin to the amp. However, they only had a one metre long lead. But it was £39.99 :eek:

    I don't mind paying for quality cables and I've had no problems with Monsters electrical cables (SCARTs, RCAs etc.) but 40 quid for something that will either work or won't work at all is daft. I don't know too much about the optical technology but I'm sure the material used cannot be that critical.

    Anyway, didn't bother and went next door to Homebase to get some wood for shelves.

    They had a three metre optical cable with a pair of Toslink convertors for £7.99.

    Lets look at that again then:

    Comet = 1m optical link, no convertors = £39.99
    Homebase = 3, optical link, pair of convertors = £7.99

    :D

    The cheapo cable from Homebase works fine, so where can the benefit be in paying for a much more expensive optical cable ? I don't see it, but maybe someone with more knowledge on the optical side can help ?

    Cheers

    Ian
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    I have a 3M Cable Talk optical- paid £25 for it (think about £45 normally) The rubber surround is very think- almost 1cm in diameter, so the fragile inner core is well protected.

    I have a very very cheap optical lead (as in free with a USB sound box)- it does sound pretty awful- the cable is about 3mm in diameter.
     
  3. Nic Rhodes

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    Ouch, wrong call:(
     
  4. mjn

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    optical cables are delicate and you're paying for the quality of glass used.
     
  5. Zone

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    Glass breaks, I know as I just smashed my last wine glass, thankfully empty :) Ikea in the morning....
    Stick with coaxial its errrrr.... tougher :)
     
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    prone to interference though
     
  8. Mark Grant

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    I agree with that :)

    I suspect that nearly all the optical cables in use by forum members are plastic rather than glass.

    Very few are actually glass, as far as I know.

    Has there ever been a thread comparing optical cables?


    Mark.
     
  9. mjn

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    does Homer simpson like duff beer??
     
  10. Mark Grant

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    Doubt it :)


    I don't mean comparing Coax with optical.


    More like comparing a cheapy like this 99p at CPC or £10 in a shop, compared to a glass at £14.71 from CPC or £50+ in a hi-fi shop cable.


    Mark.
     
  11. calibos

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    Yippee. Its been a while since we had a debate on whether the light beams and ones and zero's affect the sound quality.
    :D
     
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    There is no glass in my cable and it's not cheap.
    It uses plastic and is much softer and more flexible.
    It's a 8m long Supra ZAC toslink cable from my PC to my amp.
    Total price with shipping £60.:blush:
     
  13. mjn

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    suggest you do a search...as it has been covered...
     
  14. Mark Grant

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    Bought the CPC glass toslink for £14.71 + vat.

    Looks good , not done any comparisons to other optical cables yet, dont really have the time.

    Certainly is a multicored glass fibre, Should be around 65 cores, not counted though........

    Here is a picture of the end of the fibre:

    [​IMG]



    Mark.
     
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    [Neo]There is no glass...[/Neo]
    :laugh:
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