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Looking for a cable, but missing key terms

by ikjadoon / January 21, 2006 6:59 AM PST

Hi! I own a Pro Brand Digital Stream HDTV 3150 Plus Reciever. It has a digital coaxial output and a digital optical output for sound. Now my TV has a regular head phone jack. What is the proper name for the headphone jack so that I can look for a adapter? Or better yet does anyone know where I could find one? I searched Newegg and TigerDirect, but I may be looking for the wrong things. Thanks!

~Ibrahim~

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(NT) (NT) Also: Which is better: Coaxial or Optical?
by ikjadoon / January 21, 2006 7:37 AM PST
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No difference ...
by TiVolution / January 30, 2006 11:30 PM PST

Aside from the cost of the cables there is no difference in optical vs. coax. They carry the same signal.

Optical cables tend to cost more and you can actually use a "standard" RCA cable for a coax connection. (Offical coax cables are manufactured to a a tighter tolerance than a standard RCA cable, but a standard RCA cable will work and is easy to experiment with before you go out a drop $25 on a "real" coax connection.)

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Not sure what you hope to do...
by sirroundsound / January 21, 2006 12:46 PM PST

THe receiver is looking for a place to plug "IN" either of those digital audio cables, such as a surround receiver or a TV with digital inputs. A headphone "output" will not help you.

Pat

http://spaces.msn.com/members/sirroundsound

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It is a
by HTHMAN / January 31, 2006 4:15 AM PST

It is called a phono jack, but you would only use it for earphones. Use the digital coax or optical depending on what your other equipment dictates. I am sure those jacks you are referring to are INPUTS, not outputs anyhow. You would hook your DVD player or cable/satellite box to these.

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