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AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Toslink-to-mini-optical digital audio cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)

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Our take on the AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Use AudioQuest's Forest Toslink-to-mini-optical cable to ensure accurate transfer of digital audio signals from your computer's mini-optical output to the full-sized Toslink optical input on your A/V receiver or DAC. This cable is a smart choice for use with the 3.5mm dual-purpose headphone jack found on MacBook® and iMac® models. The core of the Forest is a finely polished, low-distortion polymer fiber conductor that minimizes signal loss and jitter (time-based distortion).

Product Highlights:

  • length: 5 meter (16.4 ft.)
  • low-jitter design
  • finely-polished polymer fiber conductor
  • full-size Toslink connector on one end, 3.5mm mini-optical connector on the other end
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 16.4' (5m) Optical digital cable (terminated by a Toslink connector on one end and a 3.5mm connector on other end)

This is my first foray into optical (Toslink) cables. As a connection between an iMac and Audioengine HD6's, this cable brings the digital signal to stellar heights, compared to USB. It delivers quiet, 'black' backdrop to music that is rendered in its purist form to the listener. I am ecstatic!

HD, Texas


AudioQuest Forest OptiLink Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

This is the way to go.

Crutchfield customer from St Cloud, MN on 8/6/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This optical connector works just fine. All you have to do is plug it in.



Way Better than Blue Jeans

Omar from Los Angeles on 4/28/2016

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I got this cable to play FLAC from my Macbook Pro, onto a Cambridge Audio receiver, which in turn runs a pair of Bowers & Wiklins 686 S2s. Mostly Society of Sound classical. I needed it long enough to sit a distance away to enjoy the music and still be able to work on the computer. This cable works wonderfully, unlike their cheaper denim competitor which required me to hold the cable in place with my hand behind the receiver. It's worth paying this much more since the cheaper options don't work at all. Well made, looks good, and always works.

Pros: It always works; looks good; well made; way better than it's cheaper competitors.

Cons: Cost

Sonic Clarity

HD from Texas on 12/28/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my first foray into optical (Toslink) cables. As a connection between an iMac and Audioengine HD6's, this cable brings the digital signal to stellar heights, compared to USB. It delivers quiet, 'black' backdrop to music that is rendered in its purist form to the listener. I am ecstatic!

Pros: Incredible sound and amazing value.

Cons: Absolutely nothing.

Solid Buy

MSV from Minnesota on 2/13/2015

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I recently bought this cable, it works way better than the audio cord that came with the box. I am not real techie when it comes to TV accessories, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Pros: Great sound, no delay in what you see on the TV and hear from the speakers now.


Good Cable

RCBinTN from Tennessee on 12/7/2014

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Good quality Audio Quest cable (bottom of the line AQ). So - not an excessive price for what you get. Works fine to connect Macbook Pro to DAC via optical connections. Just right - would recommend / buy it again.

Pros: Good quality connectors. Good sound

Cons: None.

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Crutchfield customer from Manchester nh on 9/7/2014

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Sounds great and works just like I want it to




Eliseo from Puerto Rico on 7/16/2014

Exelente producto. Vale cada centavo. Excellent product. Worth every cent.



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Well built cable

cawgijoe from Centreville,VA on 1/24/2014

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This is a well built cable just like all Audioquest cables. What can I say, it does the job. The only real downside is cost. It should last for a long while though.

Pros: Well built. Does the job.

Cons: Price.

Seems fine

bjornmeansbear from Baltimore, MD on 9/13/2013

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Seems to work perfectly well. Going between Airport express and NuForce DIA. As far as I can tell its a perfect connection.




Hands-on research

Product Research


Audioquest OptiLink-Forest Series Optical Digital Cable: Audioquest OptiLink-Forest Toslink-to-3.5mm mini-optical 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.

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Why did you buy this?

Reputation for quality, and fast free delivery [ carl  Jul 30, 2018 ]
To connect a MAC mini to my headphone TOS input. [ PHILIP  Dec 23, 2016 ]
Mini mac to my sound system connection [ Israel  Oct 22, 2016 ]
I need to connect an Apple Airport express to my system. Bryce recommended this cable. [ Michael  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Replacement for older cable [ Randal  Jan 29, 2019 ]
Because I got a Blue Jean cable one and it did not work, it was poorly built and would not transmit sound continuously, it was more expensive to return and pay for shipping than what the refund would have been. I already had a shorter audioquest optical forest and it has always worked great. [ Omar  Apr 15, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Hi, The only optical cables I've seen are either a male optical end or male toslink end like the cable shown in the picture. I don't have experience with a female optical end, but the technical folks at Crutchfield can answer that question for sure. Enjoy your music, RCB [ Richard  Dec 28, 2015 ]

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