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Offline Brian Skalinder

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Optical cable options
« on: December 17, 2003, 11:27:41 AM »
Edit:  Here's an alternate (cheaper) source for the integrated right-angle toslink / mini optical cable (same as the Sound Pros cable).

FWIW, in addition to the Sound Pros SP-TMOC-RA toslink right-angle to mini right-angle cable, I also picked up from CablesAmerica (now called) ConnectXpress (the obsessive side of me insists I have 2 cables in case one fails.):

1m Sonicwave Glass Optical ($24.91, compare v. $50 Sound Pros SP-TOC-99HQ)

Looks like ConnectXpress (previously CablesAmerica) doesn't carry the Sonicwave Glass Optical cable anymore, though they do have similar Sonicwave optical cables - but no longer at a heavily discounted price relative to others.  FWIW, I use exclusively my Sound Pros SP-TMOC-RA cable so I don't have to mess with adapters.  The exact same right-angle toslink/mini cable is available at MCM for over 50% less than Sound Pros.


Velocity toslink to toslink right angle adapter ($2.22, compare v. $5 Sound Pros SP-TOC-90)
Velocity toslink to mini right angle adapter ($2.22, compare v. $5 Sound Pros SP-MINI-90)
(similar also available at Radio Shack)

I'll probably still use the Sound Pros SP-TMOC-RA toslink right-angle to mini right-angle all-in-one cable so I don't have to mess with the adapters.  But damn, for the same price the one from CA sure looks a helluva lot more robust.  Just no right-angles built-in.

Please note:  some people have experienced problems with right-angle adapters.  Others have not.  No clear indication of when / why / which cables and/or adapters.  IMO, best bet is to use an integrated right-angle cable.

Other TS-member recommended cables from highest priced to lowest:

Phoenix Gold 3.25' $26.15

Acoustic Research Pro II 3' Cable $24.85

Dayton Digital Optical Cable 1.5' $6.90(and what I own now)

Other cables recommended include Monster, Radio Shack (re-branded Monster?), Acoustic Research.  Here's the original thread.  There're also gobs of recommendations over on the Cable Forum at Audio Asylum, but most are in the $50+ price range.
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Re: Optical cable options
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2006, 05:43:31 PM »
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