Fiber optical audio cables transmit signals from audio components such as Blu-Ray, satellite boxes, preamps, digital-to-analog receivers or CD/DVD Players. Unlike electrical cables, fiber optical audio cables are better in eliminating interferences, which are caused by Radio frequencies and electromagnetic fields. They also offer clearer audios even at very high decibels. There are so many audio cables in the market and this makes it hard to choose an authentic optical cable. This review has more details on what to consider when looking for an Optical audio cable and some of the top optical audio cables currently available in the market.
What to consider when buying an optical audio cable
It is important to note the length as any length above 10 meters may not be a good choice as it decreases the reliability of the transmission. If the cable has to be over 5 meters long be sure to request for a signal booster. If your preferred length goes beyond 100 ft, go for an optical audio cable that has melted quartz. It is more suitable as it can produce better quality audio transmissions.
Width does not affect audio transmission, however, it affects the durability of the optical cable as thick cable tend to last long than their thin counterparts.
There is no notable difference between cheap brands and expensive brands but if you prefer more exquisite cables go for the expensive brands.
Optical cables tend to be more expensive than digital coaxial cables but in return, you get better performance due to lack of interference from electronic devices. For optical cables, the price starts to differ as you choose the length, brand or material of the optical cable you want.
Preferably, buy a cable with a bandwidth 9MHz-11MHz. The higher the bandwidth the better the performance.
Here are our top choices
10. IBRA 3-Feet Master Gold Digital Optical Cable
- By: IBRA
- Item Weight: 5 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
IBRA 3-Feet Cables are engineered with PVC layers to enhance durability and braided jackets to protect the cables from cuts, nicks, kinks and also increase durability. They can connect Blu-ray players, computers, satellite DVRs, game consoles, DAT recorders or any other audio device that has a digital interface to AV receivers. The gold plated tips and metal connectors ensure that the connection is secure and corrosion free. The 360Â grips treads make it easy to unplug and plug into an AV receiver. The IBRA 3-Feet cables can support compressed PCM audio 5.1 & 7.1 or uncompressed surround sounds including DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus.
- Eliminates interferences by Radio Frequencies and Electromagnetic Fields.
- The 360 grip makes it easy to plug in and unplug.
- There are concerns about the overall quality of the cable.
9. Black Squid TOSLINK Braided Fiber Optic JIS F05 Male to Male Audio Cable
- By: Black Squid
- Item Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
The Black Squid Optical Audio Cable connects high-end audio components such as satellite DVRs, Blu-Ray players, game consoles and DAT recorders to a preamp, receiver, digital-to-analog converter or audio processer. It is made of PVC layers and then braided cotton mesh to make it flexible, durable and kink-free. The TOSLINK cable is compatible with ADAT, EIAJ Optical and S/PDIF. It has standard JIS F05 Male Connecters on its connecting ends.
- The cables are braided and thick
- Great quality at a reasonable price
- Does not provide a tight and secure connection
8. StarTech.com 15 ft Thin Toslink Digital Optical SPDIF Audio Cable
- By: StarTech
- Item Weight: 0.6 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
It is suitable for places with limited space. It provides detailed optical sound when the volume is tuned on to maximum levels. At it ends it has two Toslink Male connecters. It comes with a lifetime warranty and is engineered to be durable and provide dependable long-lasting connections. Before you start using the SarTech Cables, be sure to remove the plastic protective tips as this ensures the cable stays locked in.
- Compact and provides clear digital sound
- It is very flexible
- It is quite thin
7. FosPower 24K Gold plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable
- By: FosPower
- Item Weight: 5 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3 x 1.6 inches
Designed from a high quality fiber core, the FosPower Optical Audio Cable completely eliminates EM, RF & ground loop interferences. The nylon mesh jacket protects the fiber core from permanent damage in case of accidental bents. It supports uncompressed PCM audio and compressed 5.1 & 7.1 surround sound. The 24K gold-plated conductor assists in reducing tarnish, resisting corrosion and also provides protection to the fiber tips.
- Produces clean and accurate sounds
- Has a high quality fiber core
- Does not support DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD
6. BlueRigger Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable
- By: BlueRigger
- Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches
It carries a digital audio stream through a fiber-optic cable which makes it perfect for audio devices such as digital satellites, CD/DVD players to an audio processor, preamplifier or receiver. It has precision-polished optical connecter to enhance sound quality. The outer layer is made of durable PVC while the connectors are gold-plated to offer the best signal transfer and resist corrosion. Since itâ€™s a fiber-optical cable, it can prevent interference from radio frequencies and electromagnetic waves.
- Perfect for in wall installations
- The cable is solid
- Provides more detailed sounds
- Some users find the fitting a bit loose
5. Monster Silver Advanced Performance Fiber Optic Audio Cable
- By: Monster
- Item Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 108.3 x 295.3 x 428.1 inches
It incorporates the use of Duraflex protective jacket for seamless routing or installation. The addition of heavy-duty connectors improves it performance and ensures that it lasts long. It also features strain relief to protect the connectors and fiber from damage during installation and removal. The insight inner jacket helps reduce time distortion and digital jitter for accurate audio transmission. The Monster Silver prides itself as being one of the best optic audio cables as its design allows for optimal performance for both surround sound and stereo audio.
- It is color-coded for easier connections
- Heavy-duty connector improve its durability
- It is quite pricey
4. KabelDirekt Optical Digital Audio Cable
- By: KabelDirekt
- Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
The KabelDirekt audio cable is ideal for Xbox gaming, play stations, online streaming, home theaters and Blu-Ray players. It works well with uncompressed PCM audio, multi-channel and compressed 5.1 & 7.1 surround sound such as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM and DTS-HD. It features a flexible polyvinyl chloride jacket that ensures the optical cable lasts for long and provides high quality audio transmission. Its connectors are plated with 24 Gold to keep them clean and resist corrosion. In addition, these cables do receive any interference from EMI or RFI. For customer satisfaction, the KabelDirekt is backed with an 18-month no questions asked guarantee.
- It is not susceptible to kinking
- Compatible with many audio devices
- The size of the head may be an issue
3. Cable Matters Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable
- By: Cable Matters
- Item Weight: 6.1 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
It features polyvinyl chloride layers as well as braided jacket to enhance its durability and protect it from cuts, nicks and kinks. The gold-plated tips and heavy-duty metal connectors ensure that the connection is corrosion resistant and secure. It also features 360Â grip tips for a seamless plugging in and out. Since it is a fiber optic cable, it diminishes any interference from RFI and EMI. It supports both uncompressed PCM audio and compressed 5.1-7.1 surround sound such as DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus.
- Are firmly fitting
- Impeccable quality cables
- It is a bit heavy and stiff
2. Mediabridge Toslink Cable
- By: Mediabridge
- Item Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 120 x 2 x 2 inches
The Mediabridge Toslink audio is lightweight and flexible. Constructed with a Polyvinyl chloride outer layer, buffer tubing and gold-plated connectors, the Mediabridge Toslink cable is corrosion resistant and offers the ideal transfer. The fiber-optic cabling readily prevents radio frequency and electromagnetic interference that could have otherwise been an issue if the cable was electrical. Due to this, the Mediabridge cable provides a more natural sound with a better sonic accuracy. It comes with rubber tips to protect the cable when itâ€™s unplugged or before installation.
- It is thick and sturdy
- Provides accurate sounds
- Does not seem to fit Panasonic receivers
1. AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable
- By: AmazonBasics
- Item Weight: 2.9 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 72 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
The AmazonBasics has little or no frills but improved reliability and functionality. It prides itself on being the best seller on Amazon and is compatible with many audio receivers and components. It is sturdy, flexible and lightweight which gives it a longer service life. Toslink Cable has a durable polyvinyl chloride outer layer, buffer tubing for the ideal signal transfer and gold-plated connectors to resist corrosion. It also has rubber tips to protect the cable prior to installation and when it is unplugged.
- It is quite cheap
- Good length and sturdy casing
- The plugs are quite big