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Need cheap but excellent optical cable

clockworks

Well-known Member
craig777 said:
Check out ebay... loads of 'em on there.

Or this looks like a good deal... http://www.audiovisualonline.co.uk/...5/profigold-pgd561-optical-cable/display.html

They lost me when they said that the tip was gold plated for optimal signal transfer. Utter tosh - how can gold plating help transfer an optical signal?

Don't bother spending more than a fiver on an optical cable. Analogue interconnects do affect sound quality, so it's worth buying decent ones. For digital, it makes no difference to the sound - it either works, or it doesn't (over short distances).
 

HiFiRuss71

Distinguished Member
I quite agree about the merits of digital cables. But I will say that the Profigold is a good, tight fit. That's all there is to worry about IMHO.

Russell
 

John

Moderator
My £5 maxview ones I bought from B&Q 4 years ago are still going strong

John
 

Nic Rhodes

Distinguished Member
russ.will said:
I quite agree about the merits of digital cables. But I will say that the Profigold is a good, tight fit. That's all there is to worry about IMHO.

Russell

I think Russel has this right, the important bit is to get tight fit and a fibre that transmits the information well. I wouldn't look at the cheapest optical cable you can get, but pay a few ££s extra and get a well built one, the Profile one here are a good example. It is not expensive to do it right and is generally worth it in the long run.
 

pjclark1

Well-known Member
Almost anything works, I usually pay about £1.50 for a TOSlink cable. When I need a longer cable I just tape two together with a lolly stick and some sellotape like this.

toslink4ol.jpg


They work perfectly, as usual.
PS If you think your cable is a bit loose, bluetack will do the trick ....... why pay more?
 

Nic Rhodes

Distinguished Member
The 3m cable talk one I have is 'too heavy' and produces undue strain on the sockets preventing the link working :) I think it is the gold plating. Perhaps sellotape will make it work better :)
 

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