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Offline talos

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« on: Apr 07, 2021, 13:29:41 »
Looking to buy a new sound amp for my TV . The TV has an optical skt and the amp also, my question is what is an optical connection, what goes thru it , would  it work as a sound out on the TV and a sound in on the amp.
 Sorry if this is a bit basic , but I'm still using Phono plugs and skts .

  BoB

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Re: optical
« Reply #1 on: Apr 07, 2021, 14:14:06 »
It's a digital audio connection, Bob, that enables multi-channel audio (surround sound) with compatible equipment.  From a TV, you would only get multi-channel audio from sources that provide it, such as Netflix and some Sky channels.  Most terrestrial TV audio is standard stereo, as far as I am aware, but the optical connection would provide digital audio, rather than analogue which you would get from your phono connections.
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Re: optical
« Reply #2 on: Apr 07, 2021, 14:34:10 »
https://www.richersounds.com/hi-fi/amplifiers-receivers/tibo-amp435.html

Sounds just the job , thanks Simon
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Re: optical
« Reply #3 on: Apr 07, 2021, 15:14:07 »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOSLINK

Don't be hoodwinked into buying hyper-expensive cables for this. Gold plating does absolutely nothing for optical except add a little bling to the outside of the connector. For short distances (shorter than about 10 ft or so) the cheap cables will work identically to more expensive ones.

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Re: optical
« Reply #4 on: Apr 07, 2021, 15:18:21 »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOSLINK

Don't be hoodwinked into buying hyper-expensive cables for this. Gold plating does absolutely nothing for optical except add a little bling to the outside of the connector. For short distances (shorter than about 10 ft or so) the cheap cables will work identically to more expensive ones.

            Been caught on that before when buying scart leads from Curries  >:( Thanks

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Re: optical
« Reply #5 on: Apr 07, 2021, 17:40:08 »
https://www.richersounds.com/hi-fi/amplifiers-receivers/tibo-amp435.html

Sounds just the job , thanks Simon
                                                          If you have time take, a look at my proposed choice, I would value your opinion
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It's not a brand I've heard of, Bob, so can't really offer an opinion.  On the surface it seems good value for a stereo (not surround sound) amp, and seems to have mostly good customer reviews, but I would perhaps also suggest paying attention to some of the critical reviews before making your decision.
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Re: optical
« Reply #6 on: Apr 08, 2021, 05:26:05 »
I agree its not a well known brand, and probably a bit basic, but all I need it for is to improve the sound coming through my TV using my existing speakers. My present amp is good (or was) but its getting a bit long in the tooth and this one seems a cheap and cheerful solution.  I have tried various "sound bars" but not found one in my price range that I could live with,
  Thanks Simon I will do as you say and research this a little more before jumping.

       Bob


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