Happy_amateur wrote: ramses wrote:
With RME and Mutec TOSLINK cable you can exceed the standard from ~10m to 15+1m (15m to the Optosel and then 1m from Optosel to ADI-2 Pro). If you have longer distances, then use AES another advantage of ADI-2 Pro over DAC which doesn't have AES.
When u say MUTEC cables, do they have an advantage over other tos cables? I have a .5 here I got with some other stuff from Thomann. Mutec has really nice pricing. I have some experience with toslink cables. From that ive never considered going over 5 m. Probably from the shitty quality ive bought
I myself have had the misfortune of buying Sommer cables, because they generally have a good price-performance ratio and use decent connectors.
https://www.thomann.de/de/sommer_cable_ … bel_3m.htm
The TOSLINK cable from Sommer looks great at first, thick "jacket" (de: Ummantelung) to protect it from damage, nice looking Hicon Plug, but now comes the infamous BUT ...
You have to wind up the cables somehow on the back of a rack and bring them into a suitable position. And this is where the thick jacket of the Sommer TOSLINK cable is a huge disadvantage, because it makes the cable so stiff that it ends up exerting too high lateral pull on the connection socket and this is really bad.
Another disadvantage is when you have to wire TOSLINK sockets directly next to each other on the recording interface. The cables are too close together for this and its not comfortably to plug them in and out, everything is too close together, also because of the thicker Hicon plug on the cable.
So you pay a lot of money for a functionality (sheathing, Hicon plug, the "name") that brings you nothing but disadvantages later on.
The Mutec cables are particularly "praiseworthy" here. The plugs snap in cleanly, are not too thick, you can plug several Mutec cables next to each other in any recording interface and there are no handling problems. The cables can be rolled up nicely, although of course you should not bend or kink the cables too much, as with any cable (especially fibre cables).
And if you have to lay several of such Mutec cables, for example up to 8 pieces on an RME RayDAT, then you can easily twist the cables together. So don't braid a tight braid, but something similar, but light and loose. This gives them a good fit and makes them easy to lay.
The Mutec cables can also be laid much better in a small cable duct, there are some that you can glue onto plaster or tile edges and in room corners you then leave a few cm of space and can then lay around the corner with a pleasing bending radius, you could forget all that with the thickly sheathed Sommer cable.
And should the question come up now, but maybe the shielding is better with the Sommer cable... think again ... this is an optical cable with galvanic isolation, so no special electrical shielding is required. Well and remember, there are no good or bad sounding digital cables, be it a digital copper or optical connection
Finally: with the Mutec cable quality in terms of Light transmission and the quality of RME selected TOSLINKs it's proven (at least by me) that you can exceed the specification (10m) up to 15+1=16m and there is no issue even with 192 kHz sample rate.
X10SRi-F, E5-1650v4, Win10Pro21H1, Cub11Pro, UFX+, XTC, 12Mic, ADI-2 Pro FS R BE, RayDAT