Digital Optical Cables are becoming more and more popular with rises in sales of external amplifiers and speakers connected to TVs.
By connecting your TV to external equipment with a Digital Optical cable you can hear greatly improved sound over the basic TV speakers.
Digital Optical cables contain strands of glass fibres to travel high bandwidth multi-channel digital audio signals through to soundbars, soundbases or external amplifiers.
There are many Digital Optical cables available so we produced a list of top must-haves in the range of optical cables :
Optical-digital audio connection preassembled with two metal TOSLINK plugs. The innovative cable design with ultra-fast fibre-optic conductors achieves highest luminosity and allows data to be transmitted at rates of up to 125 Mbps(Megabit/second). The standard for the transmission of multi-channel sound formats using optical TOSLINK interfaces only specifies transmission rates of 12.8 Mbps.
Oehlbach is the central brand for high-quality audio and video cables in Germany. And with good reason. For nearly 40 years, the company based in Pulheim near Cologne has not only stood for outstanding product quality, but also genuine innovation
Starting from a price of £23.49 for a 0.5m length, the Oehlbach Red Opto Star is a perfect must-have to give you an amazing sound from you TV to External speakers / Soundbars.
The Chord Company’s reputation for engineering excellence is well known and the Chord Optichord is no different. Manufactured to the highest standards using the best quality components, the Optichord features a high quality fibre optic cable, fitted with a black metal bodied plug and gold plated tip. The end of the cable has been domed and polished, which results in wider bandwidth transmission.
Special attention to the termination process has effectively eliminated Scattering, Microbend & Insertion loss. The Optichord’s 6mm external diameter makes it particularly resistant to crushing and cracking. As a result, Optichord will bring vibrancy, colour and life to any system
Starting from a price of £60 for a 1m length, the Chord Optichord is a definite must-have for upgrading any digital optical cables to a high quality specialist cable.
Wireworld digital audio cables minimize jitter by providing sharper, cleaner leading edges on the digital waveform. At each price level, they provide the lowest jitter available, producing distinct improvements in clarity, smoothness and dynamic range.
A reference-quality optical digital cable, which utilizes 338 Borosilicate glass fiber optic conductors. All other Digital Optical Audio cables only utilise 280 glass fiber optic conductors. The new termination technique provides improved clarity and dynamics that will thrill the most sophisticated listeners
Starting from a price of £166.20 for a 0.5m length, the Wireworld Supernova 7 is ideal for anyone looking for the best optical cable available.
Honourable Mention : QED Performance Digital Optical Audio Cable
The award winning ‘Performance Graphite’
Optical cable allows you to experience superior sound quality when connecting DAC’s, TV’s, CD players and Blu-rayTM players to amplifiers or receivers.
Performance Optical uses a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) acrylic glass optical fibre to comfortably transmit the higher bandwidth signals demanded by today’s multi-channel digital audio links. The cable is optimised for a ‘very low jitter’ design to reduce digital errors, making for a cleaner audio data transmission.
Starting from a price of £39.95 for a 1m length, the QED Performance Optical has won awards for a reason, by offering great performance to price value.