I've finally got my HTPC set up and ready to roll out for use. However, as I'm currently still using my dinosaur tube TV while saving for an HDTV, I am using the same audio system I've had for sound. I've got an optical in on the back of my audio system and the Gigabyte 780G board has an optical audio out. My question is whether or not the optical cable matters as far as brand-name, etc. In other words, is there one cable that does anything more than another? I'm not an audio guy, but I assume an optical audio cable is an optical audio cable, right?
Usually the quality of the cable doesn't matter until you have some real high end equipment. The biggest differences between cables are the fibers used (plastic or silica) and the tip of the cable, whether it is glass or plastic. Using silica fibers coupled with a glass tip is the best combo, but again, usually only account for a couple dB loss at most. If you can't find any locally, you can check out bluejeanscable too. They sell the plastic fiber cable, but they are very high quality for the price and come in custom lengths. That's where I get my cables from.
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