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Toslink cable wont fit?

RodBarnes
06-07-2008, 09:14 AM
My Toshiba 52XF550U HDTV and my Pioneer VSX-D411 receiver both have a optical digital cable connection. The Toshiba says its connection is a Toslink connection. The one on the Pioneer is not specified but it is visibly the same connection.

I purchased a toslink cable but have not been able to insert it. Or, it does insert but only half way. The socket is D-shaped with two slots along side it on both units. The cable end is visibly the same -- D-shaped with two ridges along the side. So I can insert the cable end but it doesn't engage or click or anything. It only goes in about half way and then stops -- and falls out if I let go.

I've tried pushing harder but it is just not going in.

I need some help from the experts. Thanks!

ImRizzo
06-07-2008, 09:20 AM
My Toshiba 52XF550U HDTV and my Pioneer VSX-D411 receiver both have a optical digital cable connection. The Toshiba says its connection is a Toslink connection. The one on the Pioneer is not specified but it is visibly the same connection.

I purchased a toslink cable but have not been able to insert it. Or, it does insert but only half way. The socket is D-shaped with two slots along side it on both units. The cable end is visibly the same -- D-shaped with two ridges along the side. So I can insert the cable end but it doesn't engage or click or anything. It only goes in about half way and then stops -- and falls out if I let go.

I've tried pushing harder but it is just not going in.

I need some help from the experts. Thanks!
TOS link has only one type of plug and it is as you described so either there is something obstructing the female end, is it connecting properly at the other end?

Scottnot
06-07-2008, 06:36 PM
Last time this issue came up, the poster had not taken off the protective cap from the cable end.

RodBarnes
06-09-2008, 02:13 PM
Thanks, Scottnot. That was the issue. The cable came without any info so I had no idea that the clear end caps were just covers. I pulled on them and they slid right off. The cable connects fine, though it does seem that it doesn't latch in place very well.

Thanks for the help.

ImRizzo
06-09-2008, 02:46 PM
Thanks, Scottnot. That was the issue. The cable came without any info so I had no idea that the clear end caps were just covers. I pulled on them and they slid right off. The cable connects fine, though it does seem that it doesn't latch in place very well.

Thanks for the help.

These cables do not "snap" in they simply push in their fit should be snug enough so they shouldn't slid out.

RodBarnes
06-10-2008, 12:11 PM
I've checked around the web and find that toslink connections being loose is not a new problem. (search: toslink cable loose)

Mine are definitly loose. I can feel that it hits a detent when I plug it in but it doesn't take but a very, very slight tug to pull it out -- unlike other connections that have friction or a solid detent to keep them connected. There is NO friction in this case and a very slight detent.

(But, man, what a difference in the sound!!)

Unfortunately, my Toshiba HDTV has the toslink connection vertically oriented so the cable plugs in at the bottom. Even the weight of the cable pulling down on the connection is presenting an issue. One would think that, since Toslink is a Toshiba standard (they invented it), that it wouldn't be an issue with my Toshiba TV.

Of course, I recognize that different cables are manufactured to different standards, etc.

I've read that Acoustic Research cables tend to fit the best. Anyone else have others that work well? I bought mine from monoprice -- very nice cable construction but maybe the connections are just a bit under spec...

BrianKMass
12-27-2009, 11:49 AM
This is an old thread, but better late than never.
I had the same problem with a loose-fitting TOSLINK plug, until I realized that the plug would fit and lock properly if I removed the clear plastic end cover.
It was not clear to me that we were supposed to remove the cap from the plug.

/b

drbrosco
12-28-2009, 06:43 AM
This is an old thread, but better late than never.
I had the same problem with a loose-fitting TOSLINK plug, until I realized that the plug would fit and lock properly if I removed the clear plastic end cover.
It was not clear to me that we were supposed to remove the cap from the plug.

/b

I just had the same problem. I had bought a new TV & Home theatre system in November & since I am disabled a friend came over to hook it all up. When he tried the Toslink cable he kept saying "this don't feel right" & we could not get the TV & HTS to work together like they were supposed to do with the Toslink cable so we went around that.
I called another friend who is a genius with computers & can usually figure stuff out. So he comes & like my other friend he could see the red light on at the end of the cable but it didn't feel right & then as he was about to give up he says "what is this" & sure enough there was clear caps on both ends of the cable.

It was funny, but it seems like they would put dark ones on so you could not see the red light making you think everthing was ok. Anyways now I am hooked up swell as the TV & HTS work together well.

Rick-F
12-28-2009, 10:37 AM
I had a loose optical connector-- I used a drop (small drop/dab) of LockTite thread lock-- never came loose again unless I pulled on it.

DelMalam
12-04-2010, 10:33 AM
Last time this issue came up, the poster had not taken off the protective cap from the cable end.

Ha Ha... Thanks for this post... I was one of those idiots that left the rubber caps on the end.. and wondered why it would not work!

Good Man! :)

rbinck
12-04-2010, 11:30 AM
There are some cables that have a band on the cap sort of like a tie wrap that keeps the cap on the cable when the cap is removed from the connector. That makes it obvious the cap needs to be removed.

Like this one: 3FT OPTICAL Toslink CABLE (http://www.highdefforum.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10229&cs_id=1022901&p_id=1447&seq=1&format=2)

http://images2.monoprice.com/productmediumimages/14471.jpg (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10229&cs_id=1022901&p_id=1447&seq=1&format=1#largeimage)

mixerrob
12-22-2010, 03:02 PM
used to be in the late 80's early 90's the jacks were oriented one way ....now they can can be seen on various items , sideways , upside down . All the connections i've used do "click " in . I have an old Monster fiber optic cable I bought way back about 1990 W/ A Sony DAT that I still use & the cable still clicks in ..... tho not as a definitive as the newer ones I use around the house .