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Old 1st July 2005
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In the 'old days' the audiophile opinion was that coax was better than optical. But these are the same people that place small pieces of plastic in the corner of your room to break up some strange of electrostatic field in the room !!!!?! (something I remember in the early 90s). So basically their opinion is questionable.

It does depend on the application - if you are doing a non-realtime digital transfer, where jitter isn't an issue, then there will be no quality difference. (this includes digital transfer from CD/dat dat/pc pc/dat etc etc). It 'might' only be an issue if you are feeding a DA that is clocking itself from the digital signal.

Basically I wouldn't worry too much - i use both optical/coax and they are both fine.