5 Best Digital Optical Audio Cable in 2020 [Updated]

A quality digital fiber optical cable is also important for better surround sound, even though it has no complicated parameters and seems to be much simpler, you can use it on your soundbars, televisions, game consoles/PlayStations, CD/DVD/Blu-Ray players, home/audio theater receivers, preamplifiers, digital satellites, audio processors or digital-to-analog converters (DACs).

We specially analyzed all digital optical cables on Amazon, and selected top-rated and cost-effective optical cables with good quality for your reference here.

Note: There are two kinds of optic connectors, one is the standard square connector, and the other is Mini 3.5mm Toslink connector (similar, but can not plug into standard 3.5mm jack). Please confirm the type of optical interfaces in your devices.

Please remove the plastic cover on the tips of the optical connector, incredibly, there are really many friends who forget to remove it and can not find the fault reason.

Here are a few products we recommend and we will update it regularly (Updated: Feb 15, 2020):

1. AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable

Features:

  • 3.3 / 6 / 9.8 feet
  • Standard square connector
  • Toslink male to Toslink male
  • Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound
  • Includes removable rubber tips to protect the cable when not plugged in
  • 1-year limited warranty
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2. Syncwire Digital Optical Audio Cable Toslink Cable – [24K Gold-Plated, Ultra-Durable] 

Features:

  • 5.9 / 10 feet
  • Standard square connector
  • Toslink male to Toslink male
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors
  • Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound
  • Removable rubber tips to protect the connectors when not plugged in.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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3. FosPower 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) – [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket

Features:

  • 2.95~49.86 feet
  • Standard square connector
  • Toslink male to Toslink male
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors
  • Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound
  • Durable nylon mesh jacket protects the cable from permanently damaging the fiber core from accidental bent
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4. iVanky Slim Braided Digital Audio Optical Cord/Toslink Cable for Sound Bar, TV, PS4, Xbox, Samsung, Vizio 

Features:

  • 10/14.76 feet
  • Standard square connector
  • Toslink male to Toslink male
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors
  • CL3 rated for safe in-wall installations
  • Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound
  • Nylon Braided Jacket
  • 54 months warranty
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5. KabelDirekt Optical Digital Audio Cable, Home Theater Fiber Optic Toslink Male to Male Gold Plated Optical Cables Best For Playstation & Xbox – Pro Series

Features:

  • 10/14.76 feet
  • Standard square connector
  • Toslink male to Toslink male
  • Corrosion-resistant gold plating
  • Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound
  • 36 months manufacturer warranty
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FAQs:

Q: Optical and HDMI, Which is better?
A: The optical audio cable can only transmit DTS, Dolby Digital (AC-3), LPCM2.0, PCM audio format, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio encoding that HDMI support cannot be transmitted over fiber optical cable.

Although HDMI can deliver better audio performance, it’s not obvious if we have no suitable and professional speaker and amplifier to work together. For most sound devices, the effect of optical and HDMI is similar, and most surround sound systems and source devices are generally equipped with optical or digital coaxial audio port instead of HDMI port. (You can use optical to/from digital coaxial converter if your device only has a digital coaxial port)

 

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