Uses include the connection of digital home cinema, games consoles, cd players and other quality hi-fi equipment, use one of these to connect your DVD to AMP for instance. Also known as toslink cables which refers to the plug types.
Fiber optic technology sends data without electricity through a conductor. Instead of electrical signals, modulated light is used to quickly transmit data through an insulated glass Fiber-type material.The signal cannot be disrupted by outside sources, especially electricity which in the form of your AV power cords can cause interference in your standard copper based cable.
Dolby and DTS connections are suited to the use of optical cables. Easy installation of a digital cable can provide un-rivalled home cinema sound through a compatible AV system.
Do I need an optical cable to connect my Sky+ or SKY HD system?
Yes! If you have Sky+ or HD and a home cinema system it would be a sin not to connect up the optical output to enjoy Dolby Digital sound (available on selected Movie channels). Even for channels that are not broadcast in DD sound the use of an optical cable and your AV system will provide much better quality than analogue cables such as RCA/phono.