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robust optical toslink cables rec?
« on: December 15, 2003, 12:04:20 PM »
Yes, I've searched through the forum, :P and most references I've found point to the SoundPro and readily available EBay cables.  Not what I'm looking for.  Here's what I am looking for in an optical cable:

[1] robust, thick cabling so I can coil it without fear of kinking - something where the cable is as thick as the body of the toslink connector
[2] solid, meaty connectors
[3] right-angle toslink on one end (optional)
[4] right-angle mini on other end (optional)

Does such a thing exist?  I've searched online with poor results (but that's not surprising b/c I suck at the internet).
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Re:robust optical toslink cables rec?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2003, 12:15:20 PM »
i like my monster cable.  its not quite as robust as you are saying but its pretty sturdy and it seems to handle coiling well.  that being said i wouldnt bend it in half

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Re:robust optical toslink cables rec?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2003, 12:33:01 PM »
I'd like to know how many people use optical cables in the field? It's my undrestanding that it's not as accurate as the coax S/PDIF. I've always used coax S/PDIF.
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Re:robust optical toslink cables rec?
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2003, 12:39:48 PM »
I'd like to know how many people use optical cables in the field? It's my undrestanding that it's not as accurate as the coax S/PDIF. I've always used coax S/PDIF.

Gobs and gobs of discussion about coax v. optical over at CableAsylum.  Basically, the issue is jitter (and people's heated disagreements over whether it's audible).  I figure a short run (1m, tops), HQ glass optical cable will suit my purposes just fine: V3 > AES/EBU > Hosa ODL-312 > optical > JB3.
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2003, 12:58:39 PM »
FWIW. I have 6 different optical cables at the house. They all suck except the sound professional one.

It's also r angle on both ends. Good luck getting anything fatter/more robust. I've searched with no luck.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2003, 01:00:05 PM »
FWIW. I have 6 different optical cables at the house. They all suck except the sound professional one.

Thanks for the feedback.  I'll go back and look at 'em again.  The right angles are definitely a big plus!  It just look so...flimsy.

It's also r angle on both ends. Good luck getting anything fatter/more robust. I've searched with no luck.

I was afraid of that.   :(
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Re:robust optical toslink cables rec?
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2003, 01:01:49 PM »
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[1] robust, thick cabling so I can coil it without fear of kinking - something where the cable is as thick as the body of the toslink connector
[2] solid, meaty connectors

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)


I've order from this company many times and have been very happy with everything.  Finding those "optional" requirements won't happen, but you can find the adapters for this (right angels, and miniplugs) on Parts Expresses site as well if your interested...
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2003, 01:10:08 PM »
damn those look robust  ::)
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2003, 01:12:46 PM »
damn those look robust  ::)

Exactly my point.  Not gonna be easy, likely not even possible, to find what I'm looking for.
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Re:robust optical toslink cables rec?
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2003, 01:14:07 PM »
damn those look robust  ::)

I think that Phoenix Gold is about the most "robust" optical cable I've seen..

If you've got another which "bests" my robustness it can only benefit the Ska-man...  ;)
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Re:robust optical toslink cables rec?
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2003, 02:46:05 PM »
I bought the Radio Shack Optical cable and 1/8 adapter.  It is your typical "thick" cable, but no tree-trunk...

I think I read somehwere that the RatShack stuff is relabeld Monster?!?

Anyways, my cable came coiled in a plastic box/case/thingy...

As I have no other means to store, carry, protect the cable, I keep it in its plastic container...  If it was packages for shpping and sale this way, I gotta think it'll survive in my field bag this way...

We'll see - I'm hunting for a better method of storage...

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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2003, 03:03:51 PM »
How secure are those plugs? If the cable is so robust that it out-robusts the input jack, then what's the use?

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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2003, 03:06:41 PM »
What I mean is, what if the cable is so heavy that the connection becomes compromised? Pull outs, bending, overall stress on the jack...

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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2003, 03:08:14 PM »
How secure are those plugs? If the cable is so robust that it out-robusts the input jack, then what's the use?

 :lol:  This is true, Armen.  I knew what you meant.  I'm looking for balance here.  Most of the cables I've seen so far are thin, flimsy, almost brittle plastic cables which feel like they'll break if I touch 'em, attached to flimsy, plastic connectors which feel like they'll break just pulling off the protective nub.
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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2003, 03:15:28 PM »
How secure are those plugs? If the cable is so robust that it out-robusts the input jack, then what's the use?

Oh, yeah, and forgot to add:  typical F-ing architecture student response!
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