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Confusion ~ spdif / optical audio

louie2003louie
12-05-2010, 11:07 PM
I just posted the question on the BR Players session before realizing there's a more suitable place for me to ask this question.

I'm planning to buy a Panasonic home theater system. My existing HDTV is a Philips 42". I plan to connect the optical audio out (spdif) from the TV to the home theater optical audio in.

The Philips TV spdif outlet is round-shape, but the Panasonic optical inlet is D-shape. As I search online, toslink/spdif cables are either round or square at both ends. So, what kind of cable should I buy? Or do I need to buy a converter to deal with this?

There's no much info available online explaining different optical cable standards. Please help and thanks for your input.

Violent31601
12-06-2010, 02:58 PM
I just posted the question on the BR Players session before realizing there's a more suitable place for me to ask this question.

I'm planning to buy a Panasonic home theater system. My existing HDTV is a Philips 42". I plan to connect the optical audio out (spdif) from the TV to the home theater optical audio in.

The Philips TV spdif outlet is round-shape, but the Panasonic optical inlet is D-shape. As I search online, toslink/spdif cables are either round or square at both ends. So, what kind of cable should I buy? Or do I need to buy a converter to deal with this?

There's no much info available online explaining different optical cable standards. Please help and thanks for your input.

are you talking Coax digital vs Toslink (SPdif) digital??

two different connections if so.

oblioman
12-06-2010, 06:34 PM
I just posted the question on the BR Players session before realizing there's a more suitable place for me to ask this question.

I'm planning to buy a Panasonic home theater system. My existing HDTV is a Philips 42". I plan to connect the optical audio out (spdif) from the TV to the home theater optical audio in.

The Philips TV spdif outlet is round-shape, but the Panasonic optical inlet is D-shape. As I search online, toslink/spdif cables are either round or square at both ends. So, what kind of cable should I buy? Or do I need to buy a converter to deal with this?

There's no much info available online explaining different optical cable standards. Please help and thanks for your input.

If the end is round (looks like an rca jack) - it is a digital coaxial cable. If it is the funky d shape - it is the optical (toslink) cable. Both perform on par with each other.

Please post all of your equipment - with model #'s and we will be able to give you a more detailed explanation of your needs.

rbinck
12-06-2010, 06:34 PM
Sounds like you need a converter like this: Coaxial (RCA) to Optical Toslink Digital Audio Converter (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10423&cs_id=1042302&p_id=2947&seq=1&format=2)

louie2003louie
12-06-2010, 07:48 PM
I got it answered. I should buy a coxial to toslink converter.

Thanks for your inputs.