Who's Gone Optical?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by TheMonarch, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    #1
    My 1000 watt Onkyo 7.1 surround system is finally here! :)


    Now... Those RCA cables just won't cut it anymore. That hiss from my AirPort Express is unacceptable. So I must go optical now...

    But what cable to get?
    How much should I spend on a cable?
    Exactly what kind of cable do I need?
    :confused: :confused: :confused:

    Since optical is 100% digital, that means a no-name brand will perform just as good as an overpriced Monster Cable™... Right?

    So now I ask, those who use an optical connection:
    Where did you get it?
    How much was it?
    Was brand-name important?
    What kind of cable will work for my APE?
    It sounds Perfect right?


    And for the rest of you, those who use AirTunes... Do you use optical?. Just curious...
     
  2. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

    Ensign Paris

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    Greetings,

    In my studio I generally use the standard Studio Cables 3m Optical Cable @ Click Here. I find these to be noise free, giving a precise sound that is vast untainted by the cable.

    If you want to spend a little more, try looking for Cambridge Audio optical cables, you can find them (in the UK) here.

    Regards,
     
  3. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

    Laser47

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    For connecting your reciever to you airport express you will need a 3.5mm mini toslink cable like this;
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    The small end plugs into the audio jack on the express and the other end plugs into your reciever.
     
  4. alex_ant macrumors 68020

    alex_ant

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    Yes.

    If you can hear it, it's perfect. If you can't, then you need a new cable. Unless the cable is damaged and flexing (causing intermittent signal), you will either get the complete perfect signal or you get nothing at all.
     
  5. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a

    kwajo.com

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    i'd switch to optical but I can't find any turntables that support it ;)
     

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