Are TOSLINK and optical the same?

Are TOSLINK and optical the same?

The official term for optical audio cable is “Toslink,” short for Toshiba Link. Developed in the early ’80s to connect their CD players to their receivers, it was a red laser optical version of the Sony/Phillips “Digital Interconnect Format” aka S/PDIF standard.

Are all TOSLINK cables the same?

All optical cables are the same. Don’t pay a premium for any fancy glass cables. A cheap, but properly made plastic cable has better durability. Optical cables don’t need to be shielded so don’t buy into any claims about shielding.

Is Mini TOSLINK the same as 3.5 mm?

A compact jack that has the same form factor as a mini jack (3.5mm/1/8″), and that may be used for either stereo or balanced analog or optical (TOSLink-format) connections. Mini-TOSLink jacks have a longer tip featuring a fiber-optic LED at the end (bottom) of the jack.

Do expensive optical cables make a difference?

Distinguished. If a optical cable is transfering a digital signal that doesnt exceed the bandwidth of the cable then there is no difference in sound quality between a low end cable and a high end cable.

Are thicker optical cables better?

if you have a “thick” optical cable it has a core of the same size/thickness as the very thin cable. The thicker one has more “isolation” around the core. For the data transmission that doesn’t matter at all, it may give the cable some break protection though.

Is Mini TOSLINK the same as aux?

No. The TV output is digital. The speaker’s ‘AUX’ input is analog. The cable cannot convert digital to analog.

Can you get Dolby Atmos through optical?

Digital optical doesn’t support Dolby Atmos because it can’t transmit the Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby TrueHD audio codecs (both of which can contain Dolby Atmos audio). Digital optical cables only support up to 5.1 channels of audio. HDMI is the only method to send/receive signals with Dolby Atmos.

Can you get Dolby Digital through optical?

Yes, optical audio connections support compressed Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 surround sound.

Is optical better than HDMI for sound?

The major difference is that HDMI cables can pass higher resolution audio which includes formats found on Blu-ray like Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master audio. Fiber optic cables won’t be able to transmit these high-res sound formats.

Does length of optical cable matter?

Unless optical S/PDIF is REALLY wierd, not it won’t make a difference. With things like SONET and optical Ethernet any length cable works just as well until you go over the max and attenuation makes your signal not go through.

Why is gold plated Toslink?

Cable plugs are typically gold plated to prevent corrosion, and the coating is so thin that it adds little weight…

What is the point of TOSLINK?

If the Blu-ray player has a TOSLINK port, you can pipe out the audio through the optical port to your speakers or receiver.

Related Posts