Coaxial is preferred. Cardas High Speed Digital is good-- about $80. new, and Cardas Lightning even better, about $220. new. Craig
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While optical cables may have minimal line loss, the same can not be said for the digital to optical convertor on the "playback" unit or the conversion from optical back to digital on the "recording" unit. Why not stay digital from deck to deck and then finally convert it to analogue upon playback ??? Sean
Sorry rhyno, that is just wishful thinking. Having carefully tested around 10 different coax cables and after owning 5 different brands of coax cable, I can say with certainty, they do not sound the same. Granted you may get a decent sound your way, but decent does not equal perfectly matched to optimize performance on a particular system.