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Old 10-23-2006, 06:51 AM   #1  
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On the rear of my DVD player I have both an Optical and Digital Coaxial output coming out to my reciever.
Which is the better quality choice ?
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:57 AM   #2  
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On the rear of my DVD player I have both an Optical and Digital Coaxial output coming out to my reciever.
Which is the better quality choice ?
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they are both digital quality so it doesn't matter. Just check your other systems. and see what they have and use the one that the other doesn't have. EX: if your cable box has optical only use the coaxial on the DVD player.
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:03 AM   #3  
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Good question.

Some might say that for optical, the digital sound signal has to be converted from an electric signal to a pulsed light...then back to a electric signal...and in that conversion process, maybe there is some loss.

I don't think there is really any loss, since it is a digital signal, but others might know.

Because the Coax passes and electric signal, then there is a "chance" of some interference being induced....especially over long runs.

I think that if your DVD player is close to your receiver, then either choice would be fine.
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I'm pretty sure this has been asked before. If I remember correctly, coax digital won't be able to handle 6.1/7.1 audio.
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There is no difference signal wise. If very long runs are needed, say over 100 feet, the optical will have better noise and loss performance.
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On the rear of my DVD player I have both an Optical and Digital Coaxial output coming out to my reciever.
Which is the better quality choice ?
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They are both a stream of 1s and 0s. Optical modualtes light while coax modulates RF. In the end they both do the same thing. Coax cables are much less expensive than optical cables. You can use any shielded RCA cable for coax. Don't let the "experts" at BB or CC tell you that one is better and you should buy an $85 optical cable. What a load of BS. The people who tell you that are told to sell you that to make money.
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Thanks all for responding, I have the Onkyo 7.1 reciever and the Onkyo upconverting DVD player. My only option on connecting to the reciever is with Component Video and Digital Coax.

Can I buy a 4 or 5 jack component cable and use one cable for the Digital Coax ?. This will prevent me from purchasing an Digital Coax cable.
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They are both a stream of 1s and 0s. Optical modualtes light while coax modulates RF. In the end they both do the same thing. Coax cables are much less expensive than optical cables. You can use any shielded RCA cable for coax. Don't let the "experts" at BB or CC tell you that one is better and you should buy an $85 optical cable. What a load of BS. The people who tell you that are told to sell you that to make money.
hey, no fair there is nothing wrong with getting "Monster", you should not say waste of money. People that just spent 10,000 -15000 on a home entertainment package would want one of the best cables available and $85 isn't a lot if you already spent the amount above. Reviews of their brand have always been favorable. I am not a salesman I just like to let people know both sides istead of saying "What a load of BS". That is a bit harsh. I will agree that they are over priced and the fact that most consumers do not see a difference.
Your rule should apply to you too or anything a consumer purchases. "Do not let the experts decide" But then You are deciding for him as an "expert" in the opposite way which is wrong also. By the way I do not own anything "monster" so don't hink I am a monster fan. Just want them to see both sides.

The first part of your response is on the money.
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hey, no fair there is nothing wrong with getting "Monster", you should not say waste of money. People that just spent 10,000 -15000 on a home entertainment package would want one of the best cables available and $85 isn't a lot if you already spent the amount above. Reviews of their brand have always been favorable. I am not a salesman I just like to let people know both sides istead of saying "What a load of BS". That is a bit harsh. I will agree that they are over priced and the fact that most consumers do not see a difference.
Your rule should apply to you too or anything a consumer purchases. "Do not let the experts decide" But then You are deciding for him as an "expert" in the opposite way which is wrong also. By the way I do not own anything "monster" so don't hink I am a monster fan. Just want them to see both sides.

The first part of your response is on the money.
Go search the internet or anywhere else. There is ZERO evidence that exotic premium cables give better video/audio quality. If the $100 set of component cables resulted in better PQ then by all means I would be for them.

The $10000-$15000 you talk about is the ploy that salesman use to get people to buy the exotic cables by saying "you spent all this money so you would not just want to use just any cable".

I went on to ebay and spent about $75 on component, HDMI, coax, optical, etc. Everything needed to wire up my HT setup. FYI, I got monoprice.com HDMI and Acoustic Research component, coax, optical.

If you want the decorative jewelry for your HT setup then by all means get them. I don't want to hear anyone tell me that exotic cables, cable break in, cable cookers, silver speaker wire, etc. result in better sound.
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I guess the logic is if you spend a bunch of money you need to spend more for 'expensive' accessories for what you just purchased.

That may work for consumers not educated on what to purchase. (And obviously does in many cases.)

It really gets down to the amount of money you set aside for the products that will make the biggest difference. For instance, a good display and quality loudspeakers.
Cables, etc. will not make a difference you can appreciate. Not to say you should use the spaghetti stuff that comes with many cheaper components, but in general, Monster is overpriced for what it delivers, plain and simple. (unless you get a special buy on ebay, ubid, etc.)
If you really can stand not having 'special' cables, get www.bluejeancables.com which are quality cables at 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the big M for the same or better quality.
But for most monoprice, AR, Belkin, and Radio Shack get the job done just as well.
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Ok,
Back to my original question, can I purchase a 4 or 5 component video cable and use 1 for the digital audio coax ? is the component cabling the same as Digital Audio Coax ?
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Back to my original question, can I purchase a 4 or 5 component video cable and use 1 for the digital audio coax ? is the component cabling the same as Digital Audio Coax ?
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A standard video cable (RCA connectors) should double fine as a digital audio cable.

Component cables consist of 3 separate video cables. Each one is color coded for ease of connection.
You could use 3 separate cables the same way, even without the color coding, just match them up with the correct interfaces on the equipment.
About as sure I answered your question, as I am about my answer.
Not quite.. but hopefully.
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