Question about Optical Audio cables.


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Username: A928

Post Number: 1
Registered: Nov-08
Hi, I just recently got a home theater system (Logitech Z-5500) and have a few questions.

First, I went out to the store and got 3 optical audio cables to connect my PS3, Xbox360, and the TV itself to the Z-5500. I realized it only had one slot to put the cables in, so then I considered getting a splitter later during the week.

Well, my question is, is there a point in having more than one Optical audio cable if my TV can connect to it directly? I heard no sound difference when connecting my TV then switching and connecting it directly to my 360/ps3. And when I tried my Wii (Which doesn't have an optical audio option) when the TV was directly connected, that had surround sound too!
I know it may seem kind of obvious but I wasn't sure if there's better quality by somehow hooking all 3 up, or if I should return the cables and stick with the one with my TV.

Also, is there a difference in the coaxial optical cable vs the optical audio?

Thanks in advance.

New member
Username: A928

Post Number: 2
Registered: Nov-08
can anyone help please?

Silver Member
Username: Ecoustics

San Francisco, CA USA

Post Number: 233
Registered: Dec-03
HDMI would be your optimal choice for connecting components, but the Logitech Z-5500 doesn't have HDMI inputs.

You will likely not hear a difference between optical (toslink) audio cables vs. coaxial cables. Either one is fine.

You need to run the audio-out from each component into the Logitech Z-5500 (or an A/V receiver) so it can decode the surround sound information from the signal.

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Username: A928

Post Number: 3
Registered: Nov-08
Thanks a lot

New member
Username: Longlze

Post Number: 3
Registered: Dec-08
You can using one adapter to Z-5500. PS3, Xbox360, and the TV connect to the adapter.
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