Toslink VS Coaxial Digital Connection

I'm interested in setting up a music server for my HIFI system and am trying to decide between a Apple TV or a Wadia dock for my Ipod. The Wadia allows you to use a coaxial connection as an output to the DA; whereas Apple TV only allows the use of a Toslink connection. My question is: Has Toslink improved over the years? Or does SPDIF coax still have a significant performance advantage over Toslink? Your answer will help me decide which way to proceed.
My opinion, and opinion is all I have to offer from personal experience. I have a SAT receiver that forced me to use Toslink on a 18 foot run and recently I got a new receiver that had coax. I switched back to coax soon after and I feel that I have a better separation of the 5.1 DD. I really beleive that Toslink is probably as good or so close to the quality of coax at a 1 meter distance. But as the length increases, I beleive that it dimishes proportionatly. I think if you use toslink that the quality of the cable must be better than that of the coax. Some may argue that the quality of coax is crucial but I feel the higher quality of the coax is just bonus at best. But a quality toslink is crucial with length. And again all opinion, some more experienced
experts may answer this thread with more factual data.
i use a 35 foot toslink directly connected from my apple imac to my dac with virtually zero degradation in audio quality and zero dropouts. i did so to compare to apple express airtunes connected with a one meter toslink. in the end, i preferred the direct connection since there is no delay as opposed to airport express / airtunes. as for audio quality, the direct connection sounds better and more stable than ae despite than length of the toslink.

i have also connected both a coax and a toslink from my reference player to the same dac. the differences are minimal if any at all. same was true when i connected both toslink and coax to my processor for multi-channel format comparisons; little to no difference.
My experience using a Mac Mini with under 1 meter runs, was that I preferred the sound of the TOSlink directly connected to my DAC, over the sound of a high quality coaxial into a HagUSB SPDIF converter. I was sceptical at first, but my ears told the tale. I had tried TOSlink in previous setups without a good DAC, and always went back to coax. But now, between my DAC, and the quality of the optical information vs SPDIF provided by the Mini, my vote has gone to the TOSlink.
As far as I know the only difference is jitter (noise in time domain). If you have jitter suppressing DAC like Benchmark DAC1 (upsampling) then it should not matter. Otherwise it might depend on other factors like noise or ground loops (that toslink breaks). I use both glass toslink from my TV and short coax from cd/dvd player into Benchmark DAC1. I cannot tell the difference but both are very short. If you decide to go with coax make sure that you get proper impedance cable (and connectors if you make cable yourself) since reflections appear on impedance boundaries.