Stop Using Optical Cables (Toslink) For Home Theater!!

Stop Using Optical Cables (Toslink) For Home Theater!!

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It’s time to stop using Optical cables for home theater audio. Optical or Toslink cables should be a last resort for an audio connection in your home theater. Optical is fine for stereo setups but if you’re running a high end soundbar like the Sonos Beam Gen 2, Samsung Q90R, or Sony HT-A7000 then Optical should be avoided. Here’s why……

Everything You Need To Know About Home Theater Audio:

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ARC and eARC Explained:

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  1. jbugg
    jbugg 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    just bought a new sound system and it doesn't have HDMI 😑
    optical it is, for now.

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  2. GingerCrime
    GingerCrime 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    If you're running a 2.1 soundbar, it doesn't matter.

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  3. jason santana
    jason santana 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    In modern technology there's multimode fiber which can be expensive however how come channelized audio wasn't developed for single mode fiber? Sound is not as dense in signal as video however it does need to be quantatized at a high rate if it does need to be channelized. Well just a thought.

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  4. FULL 951
    FULL 951 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    a question: so on my Xbox series X, is uncompressed stereo better than using Dolby atmos? my use case is with astro A40s and a mixamp pro.

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  5. Raul Ruiz
    Raul Ruiz 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Never once a problem with optical cable. Always with hdmi.

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  6. WazheadBoci
    WazheadBoci 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    I was like another click bait hell nahw you are a good fella providing great information 🙂

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  7. Hindenburg
    Hindenburg 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    optical cable is far superior

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  8. EthMasterRace
    EthMasterRace 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    funny how for Audio fiber optics has never changed but for internet Fiber optics is the next big thing….

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  9. Clay Pena
    Clay Pena 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    My soundbar doesn't have HDMI arc so toslink still for me.

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  10. Metalfyre Gaming
    Metalfyre Gaming 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    My external media player only has one HDMI output port which goed directly into my TV. There's no other choice then as to use the optical port on my mediaplayer to connect to my A/V receiver (being a bluray player with a 5.1 surround system)
    It does the trick. It sounds great. It just doesnt support uncompressed audio (LPCM) but most movies/tv series have either DTS/DD 5.1/7.1 anyway. So yeah, for now I'll just stick to this toslink set up

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  11. Иван
    Иван 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Ну плоса пропускания оптики огромна а вот ограничивать могу устройства с плохой подеркой итб

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  12. Martin Riggs
    Martin Riggs 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Man I love this channel. I learn something new everytime. I like how you example audio and visual changes, so I understand what the fuck we are talking about

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  13. andreweverett
    andreweverett 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    helped me out as well. I think me and my broke a** are going to stay in the optical lane for now because my soundbar isn't top of the line, but if I ever ball hard enough for some upgrades, I will consider this more fully! Thank you so much

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  14. Ultimus Shadow
    Ultimus Shadow 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Had to get my 360 Slim repaired years ago because the flap broke. I also own a CYP Switcher and the flap broke on that too. TOSINK is a real fucker the flap is the weak point.

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  15. saleh kambijo
    saleh kambijo 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    With this budget splitter i can connect the TV shild in put and one out put to the projector and one out put to the sound?

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  16. Gab M
    Gab M 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    My samsung home theater only plays 5.1 audio through spdif

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    AKHILCR MAGICAL JOURNEY 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    My tv has no hdmi arc and optical out. How can i connect my tv to soundar?

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  18. Sharing All Good Fruit
    Sharing All Good Fruit 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Thanks for this video. Thought HDMI was less productive than (video/audio cables you mentioned.

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  19. Jimmie Still
    Jimmie Still 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    I'm always used to fiber optical technology it sounds better than analog and hdmi too much hassle hdmi on x box one s has trouble

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  20. TheRealGLW
    TheRealGLW 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Nevermind all that. Why do I continue to get lag from the HDMI/ARC?

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  21. David Yuen
    David Yuen 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    I think the title of this video is a bit misleading as it assumes too much. Home Theater didn’t start with what we have today so if my current home theater is a mish mash of the old and new, I still need to use S/PDIF.

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  22. Mr PullAFastOne
    Mr PullAFastOne 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Need help. I'm trying to use hdmi from my old Phillip's soundbar to my Samsung tv. I connected the hdmi on the eARC hdmi port on my tv and on the hdmi out port on my soundbar. I then enabled the eARC on my tv but I'm still not getting any sound output. What do I need to do?

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  23. Danny Munroe
    Danny Munroe 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Hi Chris, you mention lossless properties cannot be transferred via a optical link, MLP was developed by Boothroyd &Stuart in the late 1990's,HDMI cable was available in early 1920's .My question to you is,were B&S wrong about their hifi equipment delivering MLP audio without HDMI?. If I misunderstand you I apologize in advance.

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  24. Wolfstanus
    Wolfstanus 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    I have over 40 devices in my setup. HDMi doesn't work for most of it at all. Some of my stuff only uses coax so the only option is coax to the tv and optical from the tv to the receiver.

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  25. Michael Edward
    Michael Edward 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    I used Optical for 10 years. Bought a new TV/SoundBar compatible with eARC and I switched to HDMI after watching your video on it! Sounds great! Thanks!

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  26. Richard Crossley
    Richard Crossley 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    All valid points. However I’d rather have the extra HDMI port. Modern TVs really need more than 4. I’ve got sky, Xbox,PS5 and apple tv. I’d rather have all of those even if my Sonos beam supported atmos (gen 1). Atmos is great but honestly my devices are more useful than the difference between atmos and Dolby digital. Admittedly I might feel different if had a top of the line true atmos system but many users don’t have the space and need the TV ports.

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  27. Nicholas von rhine
    Nicholas von rhine 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Optical is not that bad.

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  28. GuillermoYT
    GuillermoYT 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    Actually, the optical cable is capable of sending up to 8 uncompressed audio channels (48khz, 24 bit). Its called ADAT and is a very old recording technology used by digital magnetic tape recorders.
    You should point that the limitation is not because of the connector neither the cable, but because of the transmission protocol used by the home theatre systems. Which are not professional equipments so it is understandable why they don’t put so much effort implementing much more expensive technologies.

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  29. AlanNCA
    AlanNCA 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    I don’t think my “Smart” TV has an hdmi out. So what do I do?

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  30. johnwr817
    johnwr817 4 May, 2022, 18:28

    I got a polk sigma s2 my TV requires both hdmi and optical cable

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