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what is a optical lead

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by jtfab75, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. jtfab75

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    recently got a panasonic e55 dvd recorder and a pioneer vcx-100 amp.they both come with digital optical connections.
    what does the optical lead do ? does it carry sound/picture or both.
    do i need to need the phono leads to attach to the panny and pioneer ??
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    thanks
     
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    its a type of audio connection which carries digital audio (in this case from the dvd player to the amp). It has a connector which is very different to all the others on AV equipment. Don't waste money buying an expensive one, just go for a cheapy (if it didn't come in the box with the DVD)

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    The optical connection only carries audio, so you need some additional connection for the video, either via the amp or directly to the TV. You don't need any phono leads.
     

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