Lifatec makes great optical cable, 470 strands of high quality glass.
I haven't tried the VenDenHul, but I did extensive search for recommendations for the best TOSlink, and only came up with the Wireworld Supernova 6 and the Lifatec. (I use this on my AppleTV.)
I tried both (thanks to a no questions asked return policy on both products) and kept the Wireworld. In my system, both clearly beat my Ultralink plastic cable, and the Wireworld Supernova 6 had more body and a more musical character than the Lifatec. I could see someone preferring the Lifatec in another system, but it smacked me as a little thin sounding.
I really appreciate the info in this thread!
I've recently concluded that red book files played from my MacBook sound significantly better than when the original CDs are played on either of my CD players. Right now I'm using a $10 mini-to-Toslink connector to my 24/96 upconverting AVP. It's nice to know I can improve the sound even more.
@Stingreen: Why? I'm open to suggestions, but over the years I have found polished glass optical to be comparable to coaxial. It depends on the equipment used. I hear people say coaxial is better, but why? Is it because of an objective technical flaw or subjective listening?
In regards to Apple products, optical is the only choice, so going coaxial is not an option. I know that I can use the USB/Coax converter, and I have several around and they work great, but I'm wanting to know what the best options for glass toslink (or any order toslink) cable are.
Here is the 6 Moons article. I agree with the outcome, not to mention that there are even better toslink cables available today.
My goal with this post is to see if there is anything else out there that I don't know about. I have the VanDenHul, WireWorld and Siltec, and they are all great cables that can be fitted with a mini toslink end. If there is something that hasn't been mentioned, please let know know.