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5 metre digital coaxial cable - suggestions?

jas0_0

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Hi all,

I need to make a longish (5 metre) run between a streamer and a DAC. I have the option of coaxial or optical and I'm thinking coaxial will be best. Am I right on this? If so, does anyone have any good suggestions of cables I should look at. Budget is up to £40 - though always happy to spend less!

Thanks,

James
 

macdiddy

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here's one well within your budget and it looks pretty funky also.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/IBRA-Master-Gold-Digital-Optical/dp/B006GUARLU/ref=pd_sim_23_2?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=5FMG1QT2RMPXTJXMKAVH&th=1

almost £95 off list price, bargain of the year so far.

*music2*
 

Gray

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If you're making. 5 metres of Van Damme 75 ohm coax, couple of gold RCA plugs, then get soldering.

Nicely flexible, durable and best of all, well below 40 quid.
 

jas0_0

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Thanks Macdiddy, that is a beaut of a cable! Are IBRA well thought of? What makes optical better over distance?
 

muljao

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They all do the same thing so I don't think you'll need to spend 40

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00159O0E2/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1487965811&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=coaxial+cable+5m
 

shadders

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Hi,

My preference would be optical - as this will ensure electrical isolation between equipment - the link following provides the specification for S/PDIF :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S/PDIF

Distance is 10m for both coaxial and optical fibre.

They are very cheap from Amazon, and you do not need to spend more than £10 for a plastic optical connection - 5metres allows for another 5metres margin due to attenuation of signal.

You could purchase glass based optical fibre - and they are expensive £27.93 :
Profigold 5m Super High Performance Fiber Optic Digital Audio TOSLINK Interconnect Cable
From Amazon UK - so if you want to spend money, then at least purchase glass fibre and NOT plastic fibre.

Regards,

Shadders.
 

Benedict_Arnold

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Optical is probably better over longer runs as there will be far less signal attenuation.

Either buy a good retail readymade, or enquire at your local hi-fi shoppe to see if the can make up a cable for you.
 

jas0_0

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Thanks everyone - I went for a £12 optical cable in the end. Should arrive soon.

Much appreciated.

James
 

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