Would a 'Toslink' cable like this one work for ADAT I/O?

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by Douglas Carmichael, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. Artie Turner

    Artie Turner Guest

    Douglas Carmichael wrote:
    > Would a 'Toslink' cable like this one:
    >
    > http://www.a2zcables.com/a2zcables.storefront/3f54c9a61c6dcd542719424d361d068d/Product/View/VHD&2D12
    >
    > work for ADAT I/O?


    Yes, it should, although I'm curious if there is electical continuity of
    the "cladding" from end-to-end. One of the features of optical cabling
    is the avoidance of electrical grounding problems, ground loops, etc.,
    and this cable looks as if it might be metallic from end to end.

    I might catch some flack for this, but even with the cheapest toslink
    fibers, as long as the ends are clean, they either work flawlessly or
    they don't work at all. Once I noticed that a fiber connecting my ADAT
    to a PC was pinched under a caster. I freed the fiber, and noticed it
    had a kink in it, but it still worked. Just to be on the safe side, I
    replaced the fiber, but before I did, I tied it in a loose knot and it
    still worked!

    Artie
    > (Trying to find a quality manufacturer of ADAT optical cables that's
    > not Hosa crap or 'Monster' overpriced.)
    >
    > --Douglas
  2. Les Cargill

    Les Cargill Guest

  3. Les Cargill

    Les Cargill Guest

    Artie Turner wrote:
    >
    > Douglas Carmichael wrote:
    > > Would a 'Toslink' cable like this one:
    > >
    > > http://www.a2zcables.com/a2zcables.storefront/3f54c9a61c6dcd542719424d361d068d/Product/View/VHD&2D12
    > >
    > > work for ADAT I/O?

    >
    > Yes, it should, although I'm curious if there is electical continuity of
    > the "cladding" from end-to-end.


    The two I have seem to be pretty much a dialectric.

    > One of the features of optical cabling
    > is the avoidance of electrical grounding problems, ground loops, etc.,
    > and this cable looks as if it might be metallic from end to end.
    >


    I didn't look at the link. Thought all TOSLINK was optical...

    > I might catch some flack for this, but even with the cheapest toslink
    > fibers, as long as the ends are clean, they either work flawlessly or
    > they don't work at all.


    Yup.

    > Once I noticed that a fiber connecting my ADAT
    > to a PC was pinched under a caster. I freed the fiber, and noticed it
    > had a kink in it,



    The bits were all wiping out on that tight curve :)

    > but it still worked. Just to be on the safe side, I
    > replaced the fiber, but before I did, I tied it in a loose knot and it
    > still worked!
    >
    > Artie
    > > (Trying to find a quality manufacturer of ADAT optical cables that's
    > > not Hosa crap or 'Monster' overpriced.)
    > >
    > > --Douglas



    --
    Les Cargill

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