RCA SP/DF no question is better even with a lower costing digital cable .
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I just had a surprise when I connected my music source to a Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 using an inexpensive, although of decent quality, TOSLINK connector and compared that to a Xindak RCA Digital cable. Switching back and forth, I found the TOSLINK to be slightly clearer and more realistic. Given all the hype on using RCA Digital cables and very little on TOSLINK today, I was not anticipating a quality improvement. I have just stopped listening to the Xindak Digital cable (which was selected over several digital cables in my system due to its superior sound quality) once I spent a couple of hours with the TOSLINK.
One great benefit of TOSLINK is that very good cables are much less costly than good RCA Digital cables. I just ordered an upgrade to my current TOSLINK cable from SILFLEX GLASS with 470 strands of glass fiber for less than $100.
Just received the SILFLEX GLASS with OPTISILK JACKETING to replace my previous no-name but good quality cable. I found the first couple of hours with the new cable was a disappointment. Sounded too much in your face at a very slight harshness.
After 5-10 hours it started to sound amazing. Toslink breakin? I didn't believe Toslink cables needed breakin - it's just photons passing through glass. I still don't believe it. I finally came up with the hypothesis that it is the internal W4S DAC2 optical to electrical interface that might have benefited from the breakin. Who knows, but it did improve dramatically over the first few hours of listening.
I wonder how many people like me who have stayed away from Toslink cable due to the bad reviews and negative comments. After listening to the Silflex cable I was blown away by the clarity and "sense of musicians in the room" feeling that you got on many recordings, especially vocals.
I have the RCA digital still connected for A/B comparison, and while it sounds good, it is more diffuse and without the sense of "musicians in the room" feeling that the Toslink cable provides.