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coax or optical cables, which type?

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hello or goodbye  thinking of buying a dac but dont know which type of cables to go for. I'll be connecting a sonos, a cdp and a bdp. the bdp will need to be longer as its on a different rack. cheers. beauty, eh

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RE: coax or optical cables, which type?

Popular consensus is that coaxial sounds a bit better than optical. It also seems to allow passage of higher quality files than optical. Only caveat would be over long distances where optical is preferable.

Having said that, I've never used a coaxial digital cable myself, only ever optical, and I've no complaints.

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RE: coax or optical cables, which type?

Coax every time for me. Try to use bnc connections where possible. 

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RE: coax or optical cables, which type?

I'd go for optical over coax, for no other reason than it offers electrical isolation.

There's no audible difference.

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RE: coax or optical cables, which type?

ah well I've ordered both types so I can play about to see which suits. beauty, eh