AudioQuest Forest OptiLink
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Replacing my 20-year-old stereo, a lot of this newfangled technology was new to me, but I was interested in making the most of my newish high-end Samsung TV and bluray player, not to mention my new stereo. Previously sound was routed HDMI to the TV and RCA to the amp, which still works fine if I don't want to turn on the stereo, but now audio is routed directly to a new Yamaha stereo receiver via optical for hi-fi music and movie playback and I must say the sound is excellent. Louder too. Tip #1: Read the directions. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to remove the covers on the optical jacks, finally dawned on me -- after I got better lighting and put on my glasses -- they are FLAPS! Duh. :-) Tip #2: I failed to notice the tiny plastic cap at each end of the cable to protect the lenses, and when I first turned on my new stereo it sounded terrible, thought I had REALLY screwed something up! :-) Thankfully the caps didn't come off inside the components.
Pros: Superior sound and volume, easy installation.
Cons: I realize there are much costlier opticals out there, but this still seems pretty pricey for such a small (in diameter and length) cable.