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Were getting a PS3 40 gig for my dad for fathersday. We have a 50 something inch HD tv and a sony surround sound system that has an optical audio in. Should I worry with the optical connector? i know the hdmi cable carries digital audio, but we can only use that on the TV's speakers, i want to have 5.1 audio through our surround sound system.

PS. i know that our surround system isn't the best, but bare with me please
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You should definitely buy an optical cable, I remember when I purchased mine, It sounds excellent compared to traditional analog sound or HDMI.
    
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HDMI audio can carry upto 7.1 channel audio whereas optical can do only 5.1 but in your case, optical would be better if u want better sound through your system.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812123013

would that be a good optical audio cable?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812189053

Also would that be a good HDMI cable?

BTW we got the last 40gig PS3 at sams .
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How long do you need the cables to be?

6FT for both:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage
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6ft is plenty man. Thanks for the links Moots. Are the ones that you linked me much better in quality than the ones at newegg? or are they just cheaper?
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For the HDMI, a cable is a cable, you can't really have better quality in terms of performance, though you can spend more for a different casing/plugs/etc. The monoprice cables and the ones from newegg will perform exactly the same. The few cables I've ordered from Monoprice were surprisingly good build quality for the price. Often times it's worth it to buy a 2nd cable from them as the price breaks can make it a really good deal.

For the optical cable, I really can't say much as I don't use optical sound and I know next to nothing about it. I do know that you want a Toslink to Toslink style cable though.
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jacob i didnt' knwo u were getting a ps3 let me knwo how it is i was thinking bout either trading in the elite or just addding a ps3 to the house.
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its all about your receiver, if it can accept audio from the hdmi then you dont need the optical. if your receiver doesnt accept audio from the hdmi, then optical is the next best option. my onkyo 506 doesnt accept the audio via hdmi so i have to run optical, and it still sounds amazing
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Any old optical cable will be fine. I've got both ultra-high-grade stuff and bargain-basement cables and they work fine.
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