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Drives me mad how much places like currys charge for a flipping optical cable. Here is one I found pretty cheap from Play.com. As always with Play, free delivery.

Specification;

High Performance Fiber Optical Monster Standard LightSpeed Audio Cable to Maxmimize the Performance of Today's Digital Components

For use with DVD, CD, Mini Disc and other Dolby Digital audio applications

Advanced technologies provide enhanced clarity and dynamic range over entry-level optical cables

Specially-polished Toslink connector minimizes signal loss and improves data bit transfer
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#1
Voted hot, nice avator...!
#2
Multilingual?
#3
I guess it speaks various languages!?
banned 1 Like #4
personally I use [url]www.kenable.co.uk[/url]
#5
Yes OBD but is yours 'Multilingual'......
#6
I bought two of these from Play (same price ages ago) and they are great, my 360 and sky sound great through them.
#7
Just so people know, ANY optical cable will do the same job as it's all a digital connection (not all cables are digital and in those cases, low quality cables will reduce the quality of the signal, but in this case it's not an issue), this is a LITTLE bit pricy for one if you look around, but it IS a high-quality cable.
I'm not saying it's a cold deal, though, for the brand it's quite cheap and that makes this quite hot, but you can get cheaper bog standard optical cables if you're so inclined.
banned#8
Good price for a quality cable
#9
take a trip to your local 99p stores. i picked up a "Master" optical cable (good known brand) for 99p.......yes 99p and i am using it to connect my tv to home cinema and works like a charm.

i did a fair bit of investigation before getting one but these ones does the job pretty well! but never got around to post this :(
#10
FYI, theres a Gold Plated optical cable in Currys - they were selling it for £30 last time I looked :roll:
#11
sadly this seems to be the best deal for optical cable of reasonable build quality, using these myself but wish they were priced better,also got from play.
#12
thecresta
FYI, theres a Gold Plated optical cable in Currys - they were selling it for £30 last time I looked :roll:


Gold plated glass? How is that supposed to improve the signal? That's just foolish crud trying to appeal to the ******* out there that say you should put CDs in the freezer for better sound quality.


Monster is a seriously good quality cable, and this is a great price for it...so voted hot.

It's completely arguable whether or not you could tell the difference between this and the 99p cable mentioned above, I'd probably say not without employing some kind of ghostbusters-esque wave oscillation equipment. :thinking:

That said...if you don't want to have to worry :? about whether or not you're getting the best possible quality from your AV equipment due to your cable; then £8.99 is a small price to pay IMO (it may not be in yours, granted).
#13
I cant believe people are voting this as cold is a quality product at a much cheaper price that the high street stores
#14
Liam5170
I cant believe people are voting this as cold is a quality product at a much cheaper price that the high street stores


Dont take it personally...

Even with sites like WhatHIFI compairing them and saying about the cables being better. You still get people who think digital means no loss.
#15
droitwichdosser
Dont take it personally...

Even with sites like WhatHIFI compairing them and saying about the cables being better. You still get people who think digital means no loss.


Digital DOES mean no loss. Digital is on or off, all or nothing. And optical cables in particular are no different because they use light to transmit the signal - light doesn't get affected by the usual sorts of interference (such as electro-magnetism, high-power radio waves like a nearby router, etc.).
A cable being "better" will not affect the signal quality of a digital connection, but the cable itself will simply last longer and take more abuse.
Unless your sound is frequently cutting out, you are NOT "loosing" anything.
#16
Liam5170
I cant believe people are voting this as cold is a quality product at a much cheaper price that the high street stores


Yeah, you get used to it after a while. Don't worry about it though. Voted hot :thumbsup:
#17
dunno why this is cold.
#18
Kushan
Digital DOES mean no loss. Digital is on or off, all or nothing. And optical cables in particular are no different because they use light to transmit the signal - light doesn't get affected by the usual sorts of interference (such as electro-magnetism, high-power radio waves like a nearby router, etc.).
A cable being "better" will not affect the signal quality of a digital connection, but the cable itself will simply last longer and take more abuse.
Unless your sound is frequently cutting out, you are NOT "loosing" anything.


Interesting quote on the back of the product. It reads "Ordinary fibre optic cable typically features lower quality fibre, poor termination, and cheap materials which degrade digital sound quality and promote jitter. As a result, movie soundtracks and CDs will deliver a 'colder' digital sound that's harsher and less realistic".
#19
Notice that the quote is on the back of the product itself and not a legitimate source. It'd be like me saying to you "I'm the world's greatest programmer, other programmers have nothing on me because they use poor development methods which promote buggy code". For all you know, I could be telling the truth. Then again, I might not.
Also note that it refers to a "colder" digital sound". What? What does that actually mean? Sounds like a very subjective opinion.
The only thing it got right was the reference to the cheap materials - this is true, cheap cables are manufactured cheaply, that's what makes them so cheap but it doesn't necessarily mean they don't do the job correctly. They MAY not last as long, they MAY fall apart sooner than an extremely high-quality one but if it costs 99p, then it's a bit of a non-issue.
The thing with jitter is exactly what I was referring to when I said "all or nothing", if the signal is being LOST, you'll get "jitter", but that's it. If you're not getting jitter, you're getting the WHOLE signal, i.e. you're not loosing a single thing. It's possible that a cheap cable will be so bad that you'll get this, but it's extremely unlikely due to the cheap nature of the cable - it's just a length of plastic, very hard to mess that up. You're more likely to cause it by twisting and bending the cable (same with ALL optical cables).
#20
Kushan
Notice that the quote is on the back of the product itself and not a legitimate source. It'd be like me saying to you "I'm the world's greatest programmer, other programmers have nothing on me because they use poor development methods which promote buggy code". For all you know, I could be telling the truth. Then again, I might not.
Also note that it refers to a "colder" digital sound". What? What does that actually mean? Sounds like a very subjective opinion.
The only thing it got right was the reference to the cheap materials - this is true, cheap cables are manufactured cheaply, that's what makes them so cheap but it doesn't necessarily mean they don't do the job correctly. They MAY not last as long, they MAY fall apart sooner than an extremely high-quality one but if it costs 99p, then it's a bit of a non-issue.
The thing with jitter is exactly what I was referring to when I said "all or nothing", if the signal is being LOST, you'll get "jitter", but that's it. If you're not getting jitter, you're getting the WHOLE signal, i.e. you're not loosing a single thing. It's possible that a cheap cable will be so bad that you'll get this, but it's extremely unlikely due to the cheap nature of the cable - it's just a length of plastic, very hard to mess that up. You're more likely to cause it by twisting and bending the cable (same with ALL optical cables).



I see what your saying but if a product is made with poor materials you will get poorer quality or have to replace when it breaks
#21
You can say the same about any product, but the "poorer quality" wont be in the sound, the sound will be the same and since there's no moving parts, it's only liable to break if you move it around/bend it a lot.
The actual sound quality from the cables wont be affected.
#22
Kushan
You can say the same about any product, but the "poorer quality" wont be in the sound, the sound will be the same and since there's no moving parts, it's only liable to break if you move it around/bend it a lot.
The actual sound quality from the cables wont be affected.


We will have to agree to disagree Kushan
#23
Gonna have to agree with Kushan on this on, this will give identical sound quality to a 99p one.

The only difference will be if you are plugging it in and out every five minute and the end falls off. But that's not likely to happen.
#24
Liam5170
We will have to agree to disagree Kushan


Sure thing, dude. It's your money, after all.
#25
Read this thread if you are unsure whether cost makes a difference to sound quality of fibre optic cable:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-76051.html
#26
Liam5170
Read this thread if you are unsure whether cost makes a difference to sound quality of fibre optic cable:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-76051.html


Just read you link, doesn't say anything. I remember reading a "hifi" magazine in the mid nineties comparing analogue phono leads and they were saying how one had a punchy low end, one helped bring out the vocals in a muddy recording or another helped increase the tempo and to make sure you got leads to compliment the characteristics of the audio equipment you are buying / music you listen to. They're all snake oil merchants making up pseudo science to sell their product. Yes by all means buy a good quality cable but be aware that paying ridiculous amounts of money will not make the quality coming out of your equipment any better.
#27
Liam5170
Read this thread if you are unsure whether cost makes a difference to sound quality of fibre optic cable:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-76051.html


So much for agreeing to disagree....

That thread didn't actually say anything, it was just a bunch of random people on the internet debating the same thing we are here and they never even came to a reasonable conclusion.

If you're trying to say that proves anything, please note that you're basically using the argument "I'm right because this random guy on the internet I've never even met before agrees with me".
#28
"In the general case digital signals are never really 0 or 1 except for at very slow frequencies (and audio, even digital audio sampled at maybe 100 kHz is a really slow frequency). Intersymbol interference, cross talk, attenuation and jitter all contribute to making real world signals look pretty ******. For instance cables pass low frequencies better than high frequencies, this causes the edges of pulses to slew slower and leads to intersymbol interference. Basically your bit spreads out and some of it appears in adjecent bits. There are a lot of things you can do to help with intersymbol interference like spending more money on cable, boosting high frequencies or equalization" Quote from http://ask.metafilter.com/30935/Optical-Cable-Curiosity
#29
Liam5170
"In the general case digital signals are never really 0 or 1 except for at very slow frequencies (and audio, even digital audio sampled at maybe 100 kHz is a really slow frequency). Intersymbol interference, cross talk, attenuation and jitter all contribute to making real world signals look pretty ******. For instance cables pass low frequencies better than high frequencies, this causes the edges of pulses to slew slower and leads to intersymbol interference. Basically your bit spreads out and some of it appears in adjecent bits. There are a lot of things you can do to help with intersymbol interference like spending more money on cable, boosting high frequencies or equalization" Quote from http://ask.metafilter.com/30935/Optical-Cable-Curiosity


Another random site with random people answering to the same debate?

What hell, let me quote some others from the same page....

in terms of "audio quality", optical is optical. it will be no different. the main price differences are usually on VERY trivial (if not completely irrelevant features). for instance: some manufacturers even make gold plated optical cables... this serves NO purpose at all, other than to jack up the price. the primary things to be concerned with for optical cable is 1) durability (a springloaded connector is better than a generic plastic one, but usually not a big deal) and 2) length.

basically, you can probably get away with the cheapest cable for whatever given length you want, simply because you're likely to never be moving/connecting or disconnecting that cable.

To agree with quanrinary, optical cables are passing a digital signal. With digital, either you get it perfect or not at all; 0 or 1. If your cable is working, you are getting everything you would from the expensive cable.

You did right. There is absolutely no difference in usefulness between the $180 cable and the $31 cable.

If you hear audible static (or nothing), your cable is damaged. This could occur to either the expensive or the cheap cable. If you don't hear static, your cable is perfect.

Better yet, check these out...

Know why Monster cables have a lifetime warranty? Because they need it.

Avoid Monster.

Avoid Monster.

Seconded. Overpriced and not any better.

I think of all the replies there, one agrees with you, the rest completely disagree. But as I said, it's all completely irrelevant.
#30
Kushan
Another random site with random people answering to the same debate?

What hell, let me quote some others from the same page....







Better yet, check these out...





I think of all the replies there, one agrees with you, the rest completely disagree. But as I said, it's all completely irrelevant.



Yea but i STILL DISAGREE WITH U

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