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Arista 18-5121

6-foot optical cable with mini-optical adapters

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by Kristen Schaub
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Optical digital audio cables allow you to connect a wide range of compatible home audio/video components, including receivers, DVD players, TVs, and more.

Highlights:

  • includes adapters for connection to mini optical jacks
  • allows three types of optical connections: Toslink-to-Toslink, mini-optical-to-mini-optical, or Toslink-to-mini-optical
  • 6-foot cable
  • limited lifetime warranty
 

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  • 6' Optical digital audio cable with a toslink connector on each end covered by a removable rubber cap
  • Two 1/8" mini-socket adapter plugs

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Features

Overview: The arista 18-5121 Optical Digital Audio Cable is designed to ensure excellent audio clarity and sound depth when connected to your DTS and Dolby Digital surround sound home theater system. The Optical Digital Audio Cable features a luminous toslink plug on each end of the cable. The luminous toslink plugs are round so they snap right in with out any special orientation. The arista 18-5121 cable utilizes a superior-grade optical fiber with precision-polished optical terminators for immunity to all forms of EM/RF interference. The digital audio cable comes supplied with two 3.5mm adapters for use with portable components.

Note: Removed dust cap on each toslink connector before inserting plugs.

 
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1 out of 5

Useless Product.

Written By AnthonyP, Westchester NY on Thursday, December 27, 2012
 
I did not head the warning of other users and bought this product to connect my Sony CD changer to my Onkyo receiver. The round ends did not stay in the optical ports of either product. To inexpensive to return it and not long enough to use it to skip rope. Crutchfield should ditch this useless product> I have not seen any ports that are round in this country they are either square or Toslink why then sell it?
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1 out of 5

slip out easily

Written By Kmars, chicago, IL on Monday, April 11, 2011
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dont like these, they are round shape and come out easily while moving box around. prefer the D shaped ends specific to toslink.
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3 out of 5

What I expected

Written By Dan, North Babylon, NY on Friday, January 08, 2010
 
I did not see that review before I bought this product. In any case, once i discovered the round connectors, i was not sure if they would work. On my setup the cable worked fine. One end is plugged into my Sony receiver and the other into my high-def set-top box. The sound comes through fine, and even on the dolby 5.1 setting, the sound still sounds good. I compared it to my Monster optical cable, and the sounds quality is comparable (for my use). Don't be frightened by the round connectors though, they are designed to fit into the standard toslink optical port, but they rotate once they've snapped in (actually slightly helpful during setup).
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1 out of 5

I can't believe Crutchfield sells this product

Written By Normand, Elmer, NJ on Sunday, July 26, 2009
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A round peg in a square hole. That is what the arista optical cable is. Optical ports are (mostly) square. This cable has round plugs, it would not stay in the optical ports of 3 different components (Dell TV, Sony BlueRay player and Pioneer amplifier).
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