AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Optical digital audio cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)

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AudioQuest designed the Forest OptiLink cable for those seeking high performance on a budget. Even though it's AQ's most affordable Toslink cable, it's been engineered to provide a distortion-free connection between digital audio source components — CD players, Blu-ray or DVD players — and A/V receivers, DACs, and even some sound bars. The core of the Forest is a single finely polished, low-distortion polymer fiber conductor that minimizes signal loss and jitter (time-based distortion). The cable has full-size Toslink connectors at each end, reinforced by a brass ferrule, which helps ensure ideal light transmission for the highest quality sound.

Optical cables carry signals as pulses of light rather than a stream of electrons, so they are virtually impervious to magnetic or electrical interference. Unlike cables made of wire which require some type of metal connector to transfer the signal between components, in an optical cable, the very tip of the connector is the fiber itself, and it requires special polishing to reduce light refractions. Whether you're feeding stereo music to a DAC or Dolby® Digital surround sound to your receiver, the optical cable is a crucial link in the signal chain and shouldn't be overlooked.

Product Highlights:

  • length: 5 meter (16.4 ft.)
  • low-jitter design
  • finely-polished polymer fiber conductor
  • full-size Toslink connectors with brass ferrule plugs for a snug, secure fit
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Forest Optilink Cable

Written By BillS, Louisville, KY on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I received this cable by the time promised. The way it was boxed by Audioquest was very impressive. The cable is well made and fits nicely. I connected my new Samsung TV to an Onkyo receiver and the sound is great.

Pros: Well made, good quality. Transmits the audio signals very well, just like it's supposed to.

Cons: None

AudioQuest Forest Optilink Cables

Written By TJ in Northern VA, Mineral on Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Used this cable between my Kenwood receiver and my Vizeo TV. Works great! Nice heavy cables that should last a long time!

Cons: None!

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Written By th, Texas on Monday, August 17, 2015

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Great item

Pros: Slim

Cons: $$$$

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Written By Anonymous, California on Friday, April 17, 2015

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The Forest Optilink is an excellent cable. The sound coming out of my B&W speakers and Martinlogan subwoofer for TV sound makes for a true home theater experience. Thanks for this optical cable.

Audio Quest Optical

Written By PaulB, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 03, 2015

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Excellent quality. I was using the very inexpensive Optical cable that came with my very expensive sound bar and now the sound is much improved. Would definitely recommend the cable. Have used audio quest for years now.

You hear what you've been missing.

Written By RobDob, Virginia on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Very nice sturdy cable. Had been using RCA analog cables from cable box to HK receiver. Swapped out for this optical cable. The results were immediate. I was watching the golf channel and I was missing a lot of the broadcast because it was lost in the analog, the sound for just the TV is worth the change, but the music is where the cable shines. The staging and voicing of instruments really came to life.

Pros: You'll hear what you've been missing.

Cons: You'll miss what you're hearing if you go somewhere that isn't set up like this.

Excellent Quality

Written By Steve, Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Very well designed and manufactured with high quality materials. Superb fit, form, & function!

Pros: ????

Good Cables

Written By Dunamis, Hawaii on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Simply the best cables you can buy. Expensive, but worth the price if you want the best sight and sound from your equipment...

Pros: Quality

Cons: None

Good Quality Cable

Written By RCBinTN, La Vergne, TN on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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We have the AQ Evergeen cables for RCA and toslink applications. Find them to be good quality with solid connectors while being reasonably priced. AQ has much higher-ended cables for your selection, quite a bit more expensive, but for us the Evergeen is just fine. We use this cable to output digital sound from our Samsung HDTV into our headphone DAC, so we can listen to movies and DVD's with the headphones. The 3M length is perfect for that connection.

All the best - RCBinTN

Great cable

Written By Chris G., Florida on Sunday, January 04, 2015

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Great cable.

Audioquest Forest Optilink

Written By Philip G., Hawaii on Saturday, January 03, 2015

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This cable provides clear and detailed sound ! I can hear the crisp dynamic range of the music, especially during recording on my Tascam ! Awesome!

Pros: Outstanding cable ! Great buy !

Cons: None

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Written By Anonymous, Yuma, AZ on Sunday, November 02, 2014

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I like these Forest AudioQuest cables, because they are a quality product and don't cost an arm and a leg like some of the other cables out there.

Pros: Affordable higher end cable.

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Written By EdR, Newburyport, MA on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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High quality well made cabble

Pros: robust cable and connectors

Cons: none

So Much More Than Simply Longer

Written By tuffmanj, Lincoln, CA on Friday, September 26, 2014

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The fidelity, presence, detail of sound for mating a Sony SoundBar With A 55" Panasonic T.V. is EXTRAORDINARY.

Pros: please see above

Cons: none

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Written By hxm123, Denver, CO on Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Great value and quick delivery

Cons: No cons

Great cable for the price

Written By jessearias, Reedsburg, WI on Sunday, August 17, 2014

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This is a great cable for the price. I am using it to transfer the sound from my Blueray player to a DAC. This cable transfers the sound quality needed to achieve good performance.

Pros: Great value for the price

Cons: none

Excellent Digital Hookup

Written By Sammy G, Clemson,S.C. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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I had been using regular RCA plugs made by Van Den Hull on my old CD player and switched to this digital hookup and I am very pleased with the sound.

Pros: Easy to install and the sound is excellent and the price is very reasonable

AudioQuest OptiLink

Written By Martin, Naperville, IL. on Monday, May 05, 2014

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As with everything we get from Crutchfield, performance of this product is a 10 over 10.

Pros: Works as promised

Cons: None

Gotta get these!

Written By sekratzer, CA on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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I am really glad I got these with my soundbar order... they really make a difference.


Written By Gary, Paisley, OR on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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Provides excellent sound and easy to install.

Pros: High quality and easy to use.

Cons: Nothing to say negitively about this product.

AudioQuest Forest Optilink cable

Written By Jon, Goleta,CA on Monday, March 17, 2014

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This AudioQuest Forest optical digital cable is very high quality. The cable is easy to install, make sure you remove the end caps before installation. The cable provides clear, high quality sound from the television to my home stereo system.

Pros: Very high quality cable, high quality construction.

Cons: None.

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Written By optic link, Spokane Valley on Saturday, March 15, 2014

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hooks up eaisly

Pros: works well

Cons: none

AudioQuest Forest Optical cable

Written By GSol, Weslaco, Texas on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Forest Optical cables from Audioquest are awesome. I recommend these cables to anyone wanting great quality performance.

Pros: Very easy to install. Clicks easily into your components!

Cons: None

AudioQuest Forest Optilink Optical digital audio cable

Written By Frank C., Ridgway, Co. on Thursday, February 06, 2014

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Good quality and excellent results

Pros: Quality and outstanding results

Cons: None

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Written By Anonymous, Harrisonburg, VA on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Meet all my needs.

Good Value Digital Optical cable

Written By GaryW, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, January 20, 2014

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I needed a digital optical cable to connect my new Sony TV to a surround sound receiver. I did not want to spent $200 or more for one of the many optical cables available. I just wanted sound out of my TV and this AudioQuest "forest" (as in very low cost) was just what I needed. The cable works well and serves the purpose without spending hundreds of dollars just for a cable. For those audiophiles that have unlimited funds, there are more expensive audio cables just for you. I recommend this "forest" model cable if you need a digital audio cable at a reasonable price.

Pros: Low cost for a digital audio cable

Cons: None

nice cable

Written By Al, Athens, GA on Sunday, January 12, 2014

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this was my first ever OptiLink cable but I was quite impressed with the build quality. Just plugged it in and it worked.

Pros: Well made, easy to manage.

Cons: None

Great purchase

Written By Phillip G., Catoosa, OK. on Monday, December 30, 2013

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I always trust Audio Quest cables and this one is no exception. The length is adequate for two components, one atop the other. The connection has positive feel. No complaints about the sound.

Pros: Positive connection, top brand name. Good sound!

Cons: None.

OptiLink cables

Written By Kin, Aiken, SC on Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Excellent product, easy to connect.

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: none

Audioquest Forest Optilink

Written By Pete, Chesapeake, Va. on Monday, December 02, 2013

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I got this cable to connect the audio out on my TV to the audio in on my receiver and they do that just fine, I can find no fault. I am not sure you need to pay more for such a simple task.

Pros: They do their intended job just fine

Cons: none

Optical cable

Written By Charlie, Otto, N.C. on Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Was delivered ASAP and worked first time with no problems

Pros: All pros

Cons: No Cons

JBL and AudioQuest

Written By Beachlovers, Southwest Florida on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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We bought the JBL 200 sound bar ,great sound improvement over the TV speakers ,looks great ,.love it And the blue tooth work so easy with our iPad and iPhone ,for our music. Also very pleased with the support from Crutchfield it was not that easy for to set up but with there help we got it going .There is still and issue with our Dish DVR ,,speakers go silent still when you use it ,working on it . If you buy a JBL 200 you will need a longer fiber optic cable the one that comes with barely reaches . You would just think that JBL would spend a dollar or 2 more and give you a longer cable !!!!! I give it 5 stars if it were not for the cable, and instructions other wise 5 stars

Pros: Sounds great our room is not that big so the 200 is perfect. Love the look of it

Cons: You need you pay extra for a longer cable ,

AudioQuest Optical cable

Written By SteveM, Bakersfield, CA on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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I really didn't know much about AudioQuest but needed a good quality digital optical cable. Some optical cables I have had in the past were subject to problems. This cable attached cleanly and solidly and worked flawlessly right out of the box.

Pros: Good solid connection, works great, looks good too

Cons: None

AudioQuest Optilink

Written By GaryD, Boca Raton, FL on Saturday, August 17, 2013

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This cable does what it is supposed to do and provides sound you would expect. Make sure you attach the ends to the equipment tightly.

Pros: Reasonable Price for a quality cable

Cons: A little hard to attach to my TV but it did fit my speaker system properly.

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What's in the box?

  • 16.4' (5m) Optical digital cable (terminated by toslink connectors on each end)

Product Research


Audioquest OptiLink-Forest Series Optical Cable: Audioquest OptiLink-Forest optical (toslink) cables feature a thoroughly engineered, finely polished polymer fiber conductor to minimize signal loss and jitter (time-based distortion). The plug's brass ferrule also contributes to ideal light transmission and the highest quality sound. The conductor is surrounded by a black & green flexible PVC jacket. Each connector has a clear plastic protector that should be removed before use. The plug is shaped so that it will only fit one way into the component's Toslink connector.

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