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    Is There Any Difference Between Digital Optical Leads?

    Is there much of a difference between an expensive digital optical lead compared to a cheap one?
    I've heard that most HDMI leads are about the same whatever the price, so is it the same with the optical ones?
    Need one for a soundbar.
    Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    same applies.

    No difference. In fact my cheaper ones have proven better than the more expensive.

    Depends on the application. If it's for simple home theatre setups like sound bars, then really makes no difference. If you're using it for a high end studio setup where shielding of cables (yes, even digital ones!) is important to reduce degredation of the signal, then the cheap thin cables simply won't do. Especially if you're transmitting wordclock synchronisation data too.

    Money making racket,save your money people

    peeej1978

    Depends on the application. If it's for simple home theatre setups like … Depends on the application. If it's for simple home theatre setups like sound bars, then really makes no difference. If you're using it for a high end studio setup where shielding of cables (yes, even digital ones!) is important to reduce degredation of the signal, then the cheap thin cables simply won't do. Especially if you're transmitting wordclock synchronisation data too.


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    philip4444

    Pffff



    ​LoL Just giving an honest answer. pfffft

    yes same same optical cables. but HDMI cables can be poorer, ironically the £1 shop ones are high speed and work very well as does the optical cables they sell!

    Original Poster

    Thanks for your replies, I will get a cheap one.

    your choice of course but I have found there is a difference. cheap ones tend to fail after a few months. sure they work initially but suddenly pack up maybe 6 months later.

    I don't have expensive ones but did go for mid range and two hdmi cables have now lasted several years as have two toslink cables.

    you can verify this possibility of failure if you check reviews on, say, amazon.
    Edited by: "jonnithomas" 4th Jan

    philip4444

    Pffff



    What's the 'pfft' about?

    i bought one for £5.99 but i couldnt get it to fit, so tried to force it to no avail. I then bought another that also didnt fit so decided to carve it so it would fit. While carving it the end came off,or should i say the protection cap. Turns out the other lead also had protective caps on the end. And both fit fine,just a heads up really i suppose.

    dxx

    What's the 'pfft' about?


    Never you mind,pfff

    No.

    Righty...."expensive" HDMI cables will generally have a better internal construction , thicker conductors and shielding ...that'll allow the signal to travel much further if you have a particularly long run between your device and TV. Ideal if you rack mount all your AV equipment hidden away somewhere like the garage and have a TV 10m away

    For 98% of us, a £1 HDMI cable will work most of the time ...if it doesn't work out if the box, throw it and buy another....it'll be a £2 HDMI cable but at least it's still cheaper than a £5 one.


    As for TOSLINK connector cable...similar applies. If your system will move much, buy a. More expensive / substantial cable as the connector / finer interface will be much more robust and less likely to break when unplugging / replugging.
    There's some real cheap / nasty stuff out there that may do odd things but I've never experienced a non working AV setup, even when using 50cent Chinese cables
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