View Full Version : Noobie digital cable question?

fast eddie
2008-10-09, 05:06
I think I am going to get a Cambridge Audio DacMagic, what I would like to know is:

Which is better for use with the SB3 - an Optical Digital Interconnect or a Coaxial Digital Interconnect?

Mark Lanctot
2008-10-09, 08:06
See http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/CoaxialOrOptical

The take-home message...it depends on your ears and equipment! However there is a quick experiment you can try - take a throwaway coax video cable that comes with a DVD player etc., RCA-type usually with yellow-coloured grips on the end, and try that with your coaxial connection.

See if you like it. If so, you can keep using this cable if you want but it may be better to switch to a better cable simply because the connectors and cable will be sturdier. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, just something a little beefier. Or you could try optical if you really don't like it. You probably won't notice much of a difference except if you get a ground loop through the coaxial cable.

2008-10-09, 10:31
Just get a Blue Jeans standard 1m digital cable (Belden 1694A costing 11) from http://www.bluejeanscable.co.uk/store/digital-audio/index.htm , plug it, and forget about it.
Then, when (and if) you upgrade your dac to the 1k price tag, you will -eventually- reconsider buying a better cable.