Re: Coaxial versus Toslink/Optical
I guess my main point to the thread originator was this: listen to the cables on your own system and decide which to use based on which you think sounds better. If they sound the same, I'd just go with the cheaper of the two.
In my case, I liked coax better but, as others on this thread have pointed out explicitly and implicitly, the overall result can be highly dependent on numerous variables. There is sufficient variability between component quality, cable quality, and environmental factors (dust, EMF) that one cannot state absolutely that toslink or coax is superior in all circumstances.
That's my take on it and so I end where I started. Listen to both cables on YOUR system with YOUR music and, if possible, do blind comparisons to decide which you like more.