Don't like toslink but glass is better than polymer. To many additional conversions going on in toslink at the sending end and the receiving end. Coax or aes/ebu is much better
Coax might be better in somebody’s system but another person might have the opposite experience. Toslink might be better when you have long connections, ambient electrical noise or ground loops. Coax might be better when you have system noise. Typical coax should be either very short <1ft or long >1.5m to minimize jitter caused by reflections in the cable. Reflection occur on boundaries of characteristic impedance. Because of that cheaper cable might be a better fit than expensive cable (better matching characteristic impedance). It is a system thing and what works for one person may not work for another, unless they have identical systems in the same room.
Ahendler, that's true but you can discuss matching between speakers and amplifiers, pre and power amp or compare sound of CDPs or DACs. In case of S/Pdif cable it depends on so many factors that comparison is next to impossible.
- Characteristic impedance matching of 3 components
- Ambient electrical noise
- Slew rate of the source
- Length of the cable
- Ground loops
- System noise
- Quality of shielding
Any of the above, or any combination of them can affect amount of jitter. Also type of the jitter, low or high frequency correlated or not, plays role.
Not trying to solicit you to buy.But I have three toslinks available. One from Unique Products(1 mtr.), one from Kimber Opt 1 (2 mtr.),and one Audioquest Vodka (.75mtr). They sound completely different from each other with the Unique being very detailed / upfront,and the Kimber being laid back / relaxed,but not lacking detail. The Audioquest being the most neutral / accurate. I prefer the Kimber sonics.I have also tried a Lifatec, and the one from DH Labs.They all sound different from one another,and all have their strengths and weaknesses, it just depends on your preferences. Hopes this helps you a little.