Acoustic Research Toslink & AV Speaker Cables

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I know people says that there isnt any difference in sound quality with Toslink (Bits are Bits).

Let's make it clear; I was using Radioshack toslink for both my DVD & CD player. It was OK, but i wanted more robust cables. But with those AR , the music seemed more natural & detailed , sounstage suddenly got more stable...

I know some will think that its impossible, that a Toslink either works, or dont. Have you ever heard of JItter & Loss informations ? Anyway perhaps those special polished lens does help the decoder to do less correction . Who knows: They SounD GREAT !

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Futureshop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Acoustic Research produces the best quality cables for the money, there is no other brand that comes close in price and quality.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   The Wiz



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brandon a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I just got a new Sony ES receiver, and figured that I should upgrade my cables, since I was using POS Radio Hack cables that I bought in college. I looked at Monster Cable and decided they were way overpriced, and then I found the AR Pro series of cables. I bought 3 S-videos, 2 opticals, 1 digital coax, and one set of stereo interconnects. I could actually tell a difference between the AR S-Video cables and Radio Hack ones. The optical cable is an optical cable. Can't be any differences there, either the signal is passed correctly or it's not. I just bought it because it looked good and was made better. I'm not really sure about the stereo connectors, but they may make a little difference.
Overall, I'd recommend any of the AR Pro series cables to people looking to get a nice-looking, well-made cable for a price much lower than Monster Cables. If you want to spend more, go ahead, but there's probably not much difference.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Boscovs



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I did the research. For what I wanted to spend, it came down to the supplied cables, Monster cables, or Acoustic Research cables. I figured, since I spent so much money on nice home theater equipment, I may as well get some decent cables to eliminate any "weak links" in my system. That eliminated the supplied cables. Now for the Monster cables, there were the low end cheaper cables or the super high quality cables which cost a pretty penny. All the reviews I read said the low end Monster cables were basically garbage and not worth the money. Now between AR Pro Series and the high end Monster cables, price was the decision maker from me. From the info I gathered, the Monster cables were simply not worth the price when compared to the performance / cost of the AR cables.

I have been using the cables for about 2 months now for both music and home theater. I have the following cables:

ht-170 audio coax digital cable - 3' = $12
ht-180 audio optical digital cable - 3' = $15
ht-120 s-video cable - 3' = $12
ht-160 a/v cable
(L and R audio + video - for VCR)- 3' = $23
ht-262 16 guage speaker wire - 50ft = $20
ht-153 subwoofer cable - 25' = $26

Bottom line - Acoustic Research Pro Series cables are the best value out there!!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   accessories 4 less (ac4l.com)



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brett a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Well I have used AR Optical and S-Video cables for about three months now and am very very happy with them. Even though I am not an audiophile I have to say the sound is tremendous, the only other product that I have to compare is a Liberty S-Video cable and that cost more and gives very solid results from my DVD player

Tonight I had to go get some similar cables for a new DSS receiver I bought, you know how it is, just gotta get it! :) Well here are the places i found that sell AR stuff (other than the two great Websites mentioned elsewhere on this page, but like I said - I just had to get it :)

- Sears
- Lowes
- D.I.Y

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $22.00




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Toslink covers/plugs

I hope this is okay to post here, to wit: Does anyone have a few spare of those little black plastic toslink covers/plugs that they could send me if I send them a self-addressed stamped envelope? It seems that clear ones can be purchased in bulk, but not black ones. I contacted a local repair tec ... Read More »

My new findings.....Toslink can get the job done and really inexpensive too!

Up until about three weeks ago I had never explored the Toslink option on my Stello units. After a couple of pints at my favorite watering hole in Austin,Tx and a visit to Fry's electronics I came home with a $17.00 Matix toslink. I replaced the Blue Marble Audio coaxial with the Matix and was sur ... Read More »

Toslink card without all the other BS?

Firstly, sorry for blasting you all with my posts today. I promise I will get out of here after this question :) I need a simple PCI/PCIe Toslink card for a DAC I will be purchasing. I am running Windows 7 for an OS. I don't need anything with converters built in (i.e. a soundcard). Any suggest ... Read More »

Question on Toslink Cables for TV Sound & Great Power Cord Tweak for CD Audio

I haven't been back here for a while since I used the great advice I got and bought a Blu-Ray Player (Panasonic BD55 whose price seems to have almost doubled from the $350 I paid for it) which I love especially the True HD Sound and I really feel I'm in a movie theater. I've been spoiled so much by ... Read More »

cambridge 640C toslink

ok, you may have to humor me for a bit. I noticed on the cambridge 640 cd player there is a toslink output. I was informed by a salesman at a local shop that this meant i could plug into the cd player with an optical cable from my macbook pro thus having lovely clear sound????!!!! I would have thoug ... Read More »

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