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Old 05-23-2008   #7
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Default Re: Coaxial versus Toslink/Optical

Originally Posted by kennyt View Post
Not true, both have their own issues, jitter being among the largest, it isn't as simple as they work or not, they each add inherent problems to the signal, jitter is more a distortion of the digital signal than noise, though noise can also be an issue.

When choosing cables, each musty make their own decision, hopefully listen to their chooses in their own system and decide what is best for them and their ears. The cable issue is as old and debated as the chicken and the egg and each side has devout supporters at all levels so I won't start another cable discussion. If interested, their already is such a thread hotly going on at;


I've read that thread and plan to stay out of it. Too much passion!

As for the original question of coax vs. fiber, I'm talking about there being no difference in cases of sufficient signal strength, which is the vast majority of times and systems. Either it works and delivers a perfect signal, or it doesn't (no signal or insufficient signal and resultant glitches, jitter, whatever). But with sufficient signal/noise ratios, and normal 1 - 3 meter runs, digital coax wil not be susceptible to 60 hz hum, etc. It would be rare to encounter a situation that resembles low S/N like we frequently see from an OTA digital HDTV tuner.
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