Optical or analogue audio out ???

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  1. gorwig

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    Hi
    Some guidance please!
    Which would be the preferred audio out of my dvd player, the optical toslink or the analogue phono, any comments??
     
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    Do you really mean analog phono or are you referring to a coax (phono) digital?

    Optical digital will probably be better than analog assuming your amp has better DACs than the player.

    Comparing optical and coaxial digital is more difficult and it's usually very hard to tell the difference. Coax is preferred by some since it eliminates the conversion of digital to optical and back again, and conversion can introduce noise, OTOH coax cable is capable of introducing noise as well so it's often 50-50.
     
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    Common consensus from my reading seems to be coaxial digital out for short distances, and optical digital out for longer ones. Try something like the QED Qunex P75 Coaxial Digital Cable... its about £24 for 1 metre, or £18 for 50cm.... (or check on eBAY for even cheaper ones!). I use one of these and have been very happy with it.
     
  4. KraGorn

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    Or a Mark Grant one off here. ;)
     
  5. gorwig

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    Thanks chaps.
    KraGorn, sorry I do mean the coaxial phono, does the coax and toslink transfer the audio information digitally to the receiver using the same DAC then? If it does the only difference would be solely the quality of coax v optical cable.
     
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    Thats about right, the optical has a little more processing. I can't tell the difference.
     

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