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    Default Optical digital cable

    Greetings.

    I currently have RCA cable from my TV to my receiver for stereo sound when desired. Is optical digital cable worth it to upgrade? Is the sound quality noticeable?
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    Yes,

    it will allow you to get digital audio and surround (Dolby digital typically, 5.1) from your high def broadcasts.
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    Yes! The only reason I wouldn't use an optical cable is if the DACs in the source are better than that downstream.
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    any recommendations for what brand to use?
    sounds like I should switch cables.
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    Monoprice has great deals on cables.I got my HDMI and an optical cable from them.Good quality and bargain prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nguyendot View Post
    Yes,

    it will allow you to get digital audio and surround (Dolby digital typically, 5.1) from your high def broadcasts.
    Same here this is what I am doing. Using a fiber out from the tv to my receiver the over the air broadcast most come in Dolby digital.
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    another vote for monoprice, I just got a sub cable and HDMI's from them cheap and they're really nice.
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    +1 Monoprice.
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    Monoprice = good.
    High - end VIDEO cables ie spending $$$ for them is questionable due many people see no difference in picture quality.

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    I have Signal Cable Toslink and I find it to be a very well built cable.
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    I actually run (don't shoot me) a Monster toslink cable. Got it for like $7 a couple years ago. I have no complaints with it.
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    Signal Cable Toslink + 1

    Great cable !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbm211 View Post
    Monoprice has great deals on cables.I got my HDMI and an optical cable from them.Good quality and bargain prices.
    +1, I bought mine at Monoprice, works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevhed72 View Post
    Monoprice = good.
    High - end VIDEO cables ie spending $$$ for them is questionable due many people see no difference in picture quality.
    Oh no he di-int'!!!!:p
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    Ok so I got an Optical digital cable. Hooked into TV and AVR no sound. What am I missing.
    I was (am) using RCA from the TV to the AVR for TV stereo sound.
    Confused ???????
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    Hook it to your cable box, to your receiver marked "sat". Then turn your input on receiver to "sat".

    If you don't have a cable box,make sure your hooked up to the tv input and turn the receiver to that input.
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    You also may have to enable a digital input or option on either device. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    You also may have to enable a digital input or option on either device. Good luck.
    +1, you will have to change the settings on your AVR for that input to digital optical in order to make the swap.

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