Re: Comcast coming to install HD...
- I'm not biased toward one or the other. I have some components that only have one
or the other, so it's not like I could just choose one anyway. I think
academically coax will suffer more from attenuation and such, but in practically all
cases, you wouldn't notice the effects. Sound quality should not be an issue.
So in choosing one over the other, I'd say the most important issues are what kind of
hardware you have, and if they have outstanding issues with either interface, price,
and if you care about cable flex. Most of the higher-quality coaxial cable uses a solid
18 gauge center conductor. Kink the cable more than 90 degrees or flex it repeatedly
in one area and it will shear. That also deforms the dielectric layer, which effects its
I use coax where possible because it's cheaper for me to buy, or make myself.
--- In HDTV-in-SFbay@yahoogroups.com, "ET" <fflyer35@y...> wrote:
> This is a subject of great debate. Some really picky people insist that coaxial digital
connections sound better in direct head-to-head comparisons. But the trend among
AVR and DVD player manufacturers is toward optical, especially as home theater
components get smaller (TOSlink connectors are physically smaller and probably
require less space inside). For example, my JVC DVD player and Sony AV receiver
support only optical connections (both are low-profile). When laptops start
supporting digital audio outputs, I'm sure they'll go with optical. I prefer optical
because the cables are less bulky, but I think both types of connectors sound great
and don't think most consumers will be able to tell the difference.
- Eugene Chan wrote:
> Most of the higher-quality coaxial cable uses a solidActually most higher quality coaxial cable has a stranded center conductor, but this not
> 18 gauge center conductor. Kink the cable more than 90 degrees or flex it repeatedly
> in one area and it will shear. That also deforms the dielectric layer, which effects its
> shielding properties.
compatible with the cheap "F" connectors that are used. You have to use a more commercial or
industrial connector like a BNC or for larger cables an "N" This then gives you more flex.
If you go to a really large cable, more than 1/2", then they go back to solid, because you
can't flex a big cable very much anyway. That's why you see on commercial video equipment
they use BNC connectors.
Chris aka the antenna doctor