How much better is optical audio - Airport Express?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by debroglie, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. debroglie macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    I just recently purchased a 5.1 Klipsch setup, and I was wondering what the benefits of buying a digital optical audio cable to go from my AE to the speakers instead of my current analog mini-RCA cable for streaming music over airtunes.

    Is it noticeable quality difference? Will I gain more independent channels? Is it worth buying the cable?

    P.S. I searched for previous posts on this topic and didn't find anything, but forgive me if this is a common/obvious question
  2. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    While the main purpose of digital cables for sound is to provide true 5.1 surround sound with movies, it does provide some advantages over 2 channel composite cables when listening to music. Bascially what the digital optical cable will give you is a clearer signal and better frequency responce. The thing is though, unless you have very nice speakers and a very nice receiver, it isn't going to be a hugely noticable difference. Im a bit of an audiophile, so I use digital optical or digital coaxial cables (which are about the same quality) in just about everything I can with my sound system. But if you spent less than $500 or $600 on your sound system, dont expect to hear anything huge. Plus, if you are using this with airport express, that means you're probably streaming mp3s, which are a compressed quality on their own. You won't get too much difference in sound when playing mp3s. Its all up to how much money you want to burn. Might be worth the extra

    Cheers :cool:

    Edit: Oh. missed that. No, you wont gain any more independant channels. It'll still only be 2 channel music. Closest thing you could get to multiple channels is if you have Pro Logic II support on your reciever.

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