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Where is the best place to buy optical cables?

by Operator7 / May 25, 2007 6:14 AM PDT

Ok, I know that I don't need the name brand bs, but I just came back from the local Circuit City, and the only ones they had there were of the 40 dollar variety.

Is there a local store, where I can find these for the cheap prices?

Would I be better off buying over the internet, and if so, where/how would I find a good place? Should I just go to Yahoo Shopping, and type optical cable?

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(NT) Try
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2007 6:17 AM PDT
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Does this look good?
by Operator7 / May 25, 2007 6:17 AM PDT
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by masterying01 / May 25, 2007 6:44 AM PDT

best buy? 3ft acoustic research for $20? look for an open item so you can get even more of a discount?

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thanks for the suggestions...
by Operator7 / May 25, 2007 6:51 AM PDT
In reply to: um

Ok, I looked on Best Buy's website, and at least they have something around $20 (trusting that the store will have the same item/price)....

but check THIS out

$2.47 ????

Is that a good deal, or am I missing something?

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yep I missed something...
by Operator7 / May 25, 2007 6:54 AM PDT

sorry, upon closer look, this isn't optical cable.

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if you have
by jostenmeat / May 25, 2007 6:58 AM PDT

digital coaxial connections, you can take an rca plug (that you probably have lying around). Will be just as good.

optical has to go thru more encoding/decoding/encoding/decoding. Otoh, people say that it is more immune to interference, particularly for long runs. Most of us consumers use very short runs. fwiw

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not sure I understood your point...
by Operator7 / May 25, 2007 7:05 AM PDT
In reply to: if you have
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by jostenmeat / May 25, 2007 7:25 AM PDT

The following cables ALL LOOK IDENTICAL:

digital coaxial
rca stereo
subwoofer lfe
multi-ch interconnects
what else am I missing

The only thing to consider is that video cables are 75ohm rated, and can possibly reduce some of your bass repsonse as audio multi channel interconnects. Still works fine, I know, I've tried.

Your confusion is confusing me.

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by grc24 / May 25, 2007 7:49 AM PDT
In reply to: huh??

I bought ALL of my cables through these guys. HDMI, Optical, Component, etc. etc. They have amazing prices and a very quick turn around. If you do have a long run for your digital optical(More than 6' or 7'???) Maybe you should consider digital co-ax. Digital OPTICAL is Fiber optic and will be affected by too many kinks or bends or even the longer runs. Anyway, has great prices for good quality cables.


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Sam's Club.............
by jimca3 / May 25, 2007 8:28 AM PDT

I?ve found Sam?s Club has a decent selection (HDMI, DVI, HDMI/DVI & Digital Optical Digital Audio) for the best prices.

They used to carry Phillips but the last time I looked they had Belden (big in data com, not sure about A/V). A 6ft Optical was $9.25, HDMI was about $24.

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optical cables
by crackers678 / May 25, 2007 12:33 PM PDT
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thanks for all of the feedback
by Operator7 / May 26, 2007 11:47 AM PDT
In reply to: optical cables

I ended up finding some cable at Radio Shack yesterday for 20 bucks... I was in a hurry, so just rolled with that.

So far, I notice no huge difference, from the rca cables....

in fact, dare I say that I like the sound through the rca cables better??

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operator, questions
by jostenmeat / May 27, 2007 4:51 AM PDT

1. for tv, movies, or music, or all of the above?
2. What are your components, namely player and receiver?
3. Depending on question 1, did you select proper settings in your set-top, receiver, player?

If #1 was for music, its very possibly that your player has the better DAC and accompanying electronics that your receiver. Tv viewing has very, very little surround material, in my experience. So far, in fact, I am convinced there is zero lfe output, whether HBO, sports, whatever. False advertising? Dunno. glad you're all hooked up.

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by Operator7 / May 30, 2007 6:37 AM PDT
In reply to: operator, questions

1) using for all of the above - music, tv, dvds

2) I have a Kenwood 5.1 Surround (not sure of the model, but it's a good one), a PS3, and Directv receiver (old model)

3) I'm not sure what settings I might change, with my surround processor... I unplugged the rca cables, to make sure the sound was coming via the optical cables, and went through the various surround modes to test the sound.

Now perhaps there IS a significant difference that I am just not noticing at first, and I did NOT have a chance to compare the two side by side yet.

Maybe tonight, I will plug in both the RCA and the optical, and switch back and forth to try to determine further the actual difference.

I am a producer though, so I have "trained ears", and so far, I like the RCA cables better.

Am I correct in assuming that the sound through the optical cables is digital format only, and the sound through the rca is analogue?

Many folk prefer analogue sound to digital, and maybe that is why I am preferring this?

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question 1
by jostenmeat / May 31, 2007 10:38 AM PDT
In reply to: jostenmeat

was not about which you listen to; I was asking on which of these that the rca cables sounded better? as in .... music only? I have a hard time believing movies sound better, since you would not get true surround sound, outside of multi-channle interconnects.

Everything is analog once it reaches your ears. If you are talking about dvd's and cd's, they are encoded digitally, but are converted to analog somewhere along the line. Either by your player, your receiver, or even perhaps an outboard DAC (digital to audio converter). Thats why I was curious as to your player. How old is that Kenwood? cheers

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by jostenmeat / May 31, 2007 10:39 AM PDT
In reply to: question 1

I meant digital to analog converter (not audio!)

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by jonnybones / May 27, 2007 4:04 AM PDT is usually good for a steal or two. Local stores do have cheaper cables than $40, you just have to buy their store-brand.

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