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Hi All, I was wondering if anyone here could direct me to a optical cable ? Is glass better over plastic ? does J.B Hi-Fi sell a good one ? I intend to run it from my Apple desktop computer to my Schiit Modi 3. Thanks 

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If you're after an optical toslink cable there are only 2 I would recommend. Either a Lifatec Silflex or Wireworld Supernova 7 borosilicate type. I've tried countless plastic ones and they don't sound the same.

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I’ve been researching the same topic for a little while now. I agree with the post above, both of those are excellent and are on the shortlist. If budget isn’t an option consider the DH Labs Glass Master Toslink Optical.

 

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On 19/11/2020 at 7:06 PM, david j said:

I have a dh labs and a wireworld supernova   

 

Both excellent  performers 

Howdy David

 

would you have a preference between the DH Labs Glass Master and the Wireworld Supanova 7

 

if not a preference , a sonic difference of opinion

 

christopher

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There on different systems  havent really compared  both very good     wireworld probably sell better on the second hand market if you need to move on

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I'm having trouble finding an Australian source of a decent glass Toslink cable. Any suggestions?

 

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5 minutes ago, mikey d said:

I'm having trouble finding an Australian source of a decent glass Toslink cable. Any suggestions?

 

Cannot remember seeing  Australian made Toslink cables from this list?

 

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They all sound the same to me. I would buy one based on the quality of the connector instead of worrying about the potential sound quality of the transfer medium. I doubt there's any Australian company that makes one though.

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Just now, Ittaku said:

They all sound the same to me. I would buy one based on the quality of the connector instead of worrying about the potential sound quality of the transfer medium. I doubt there's any Australian company that makes one though.

 

33 minutes ago, Snoopy8 said:

 

Cannot remember seeing  Australian made Toslink cables from this list?

 

Sorry, I don't mean Aussie made, just a retailer / distributor of quality Toslink cables.

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As @Ittaku states the connectors are key on all cables regardless of price range. As of last week my Wireworld Supernova 7 toslink cable mentioned above stopped functioning. The red light is still there so there is definitely something wrong with the connectors.

 

In addition to the Silflex Lifatec and Wireworld Supernova 7 cables, the QED Reference borosilicate optical cable also looks interesting.

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10 years ago when I tried some different optical cables the glass based ones did sounder better than plastic. I ended up with the original metal jacketed Lifatec back then (its a soft 'optisilk' jacket now).

If you are interested in the numbers game here is how many strands.....

 

QED Reference Optical Quartz Toslink (210 strands borosilicate fiber optic)
DH LABS Glass Master Toslink (300 strands of proprietary glass fibers)
WIREWORLD Supernova 7 Toslink (338 strands borosilicate fiber optic)
LIFATEC Premium Silflex Toslink (470 strands glass fiber optic)

 

From this it looks like Lifatec is still king of the price v performance ratio like it was back then (but sometimes these numbers-of-strands games don't always result in better sound).

 

I am not sure if there is there any difference between glass fiber strands and borosilicate fibers. Maybe its the same thing, or maybe boro-silicate is its own thing and different to normal glass strands.

 

And finally DH LABS claims to be using proprietary glass fibers. Could be true, but we all know the marketing pages of cables companies love to pretend they have proprietary wire/shields/composites when they don't.

The Sys Concepts page claims to have a cable with 1300 strands but its a Toslink-Mini only, no Toslink-Toslink.

 

 

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4 hours ago, agisthos said:

I am not sure if there is there any difference between glass fiber strands and borosilicate fibers. Maybe its the same thing, or maybe boro-silicate is its own thing and different to normal glass strands.

Borosilicate is a type of glass. It has a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than normal glass.

Test tubes, high end glassware, etc, resistant to cracking with sudden temperature changes. It's also harder than standard soda-lime glass.

So possibly no difference when used as the fibre in a fibre optic cable.

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