Hasaw: You will probably get some widely varying opinions on this subject, but I have done a lot of A-B tests with both co-ax and TOSLINK cables, and can hear almost no difference between them. At the present time, I have a Pioneer Elite DV-37 DVD player connected to my Bryston SP-1 pre/pro using both TOSLINK and digital co-ax, and can thus switch back and forth between the two cables. In comparing one cable to the other, my friends also note virtually no consistently audible differences, except for slight differences in volume level (not sure why). I am using good quality cables in both cases: a Cardas digital co-ax cable, and Kimber's TOSLINK cable. Unless you are doing very critical, audiophile-type listening to music, I believe that either co-ax or TOSLINK will work fine for you, particularly in a home theater system.
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