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Is an optical or coaxial hookup better than the other?
I'm hooking up a Sony 5 disc CD/DVD player for music as well as a Sony DVD player solely for movies so that I don't have to keep switching the surround setting on my Denon. (DTS to Direct, etc.)

My Denon doesn't have an optical in for DVD or CD but rather SAT, DVR & VCR. It does have coaxial inputs for DVD & CD BUT I'd rather run an optical in rather than a coaxial.
BTW, I am running a VCR as well, yeah I know, why?

Is one better than the other? Would it really make a difference in sound quality especially on SACD's?
I know coaxial is digital but it seems to me that an optical signal would be a much better digital delivery source? :scratch:
 

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Re: Denon 3808CI:Optical or Coaxial hookup

Is an optical or coaxial hookup better than the other?

Is one better than the other? Would it really make a difference in sound quality especially on SACD's?
I know coaxial is digital but it seems to me that an optical signal would be a much better digital delivery source? :scratch:
Neither will make any noticeable difference audibly . The coaxial cable is alot more like HDMI as far as the signal is concerned just 0's and 1's. and is alot less fragile than the optical cable.
 

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I second the above response. I remember hearing years ago that coaxial was better, but I can't remember the reasoning. I would suggest just using whatever you have on hand. If buying new optical cable just buy entry level as quality isn't really an issue with fibreoptics
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The downside to optical is that the cables are not as durable. Otherwise, not much difference.
 
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