Digital Optical cable Reviews
TOSLINK cables (also called optical digital cables) convey digital signals in the S/PDIF format from computers and audio sources to other pieces of consumer audio equipment. TOSLINK is an older digital standard which uses pulses of light traveling down a fiber optic cable to represent digital ones and zeroes. Due to the information being encoded via light instead of electrons on/in a wire, TOSLINK is immune to RF or EMF interference.
In theory, TOSLINK conveys digital data perfectly, and any cable will do the job. However, issues such as cable reflectivity, and fiber optic cable type (glass vs plastic) and diameter may have an effect on the timing of the signals. In other words, do the pulses reach their destination in the exact same spacing and timing as they were sent. Any discrepancies can cause a phenomenon known as jitter which can create a "smearing" of the sound. However, please do note that many of us cannot hear the differences, and doing so requires an audio system with very high resolution. But if you have an audiophile-grade system, buying a better quality TOSLINK cable will not be a huge expenditure to you. We judged our picks for best TOSLINK cable based on construction, durability, price, and overall design.
A superior TOSLINK interconnect from a manufacturer that makes OEM cables for other companies, the DH Labs Silverlink is a great choice for audiophiles who want quality without over-inflated prices. Solid build quality and superior data transfer make this our top choice. Read Full ReviewWhy it's best:
The DH Labs Silversonic TOSLINK cable is a great example of the types of products that we rate as the best. It's not silly expensive, is obviously well-made, and is manufactured by a highly-regarded company. This optical digital cable uses a high-bandwidth fiber optic cable covered with a cladding designed to eliminate reflectivity that causes jitter or subtle smearing of the sound. The fiber optics are surrounded by a tough yet flexible PVC outer jacket. With this level of construction quality, you should have less worries about crimping the cable if tight bends are an issue.