optical output vs spdif which is better ?

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Just noticed my 680i motherboard only have optical out, As I am in to my home cinema and all ways want the best Quality I am unsure if optical out can produce good Quality.

which is better and optical out or spdif ?
 
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SPDIF is the protocol, so optical can carry it too. If you mean optical cable vs co-axial cable for digital audio then both have their advantages. Supposedly co-axial is perhaps slightly better in theory, but you will never notice a difference. Not worth worrying about :)
 
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jamieuk23 said:
Just noticed my 680i motherboard only have optical out, As I am in to my home cinema and all ways want the best Quality I am unsure if optical out can produce good Quality.

which is better and optical out or spdif ?


if your in to your home cinema you should already know the answer!
 
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Like wush said, they are both SPDIF ;)

As for the cable,

Optical advantages:
Immune to electrical interference, really unlikely to be a problem in your typical house unless you intend to run it under your washing machine or something :p

Optical disadvantages:
Usually more expensive.
Quite easy to knacker the cable if you kink it.

Co-ax advantages:
Cheap as chips, common as muck 75 ohm cable.
Rugged.

Co-ax disadvantages:
Not totally immune to electrical interference, but you really would have to be trying for it to be a problem.

Quality is the same for both as they carry identical bitstreams.
 
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