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AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Toslink optical digital audio cable (12 meters/39.4 feet)

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Our take on the AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

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.

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: 12 meter (39.4 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

What's in the Box:

  • 39.4' (12m) Optical digital cable (terminated by Toslink connectors on each end)

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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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Why did you buy this?

Good cable to hook up my new sound bar [ Jason  Oct 23, 2018 ]
needed to complete hook-up [ William  Jun 12, 2018 ]
Recommended by Garrett to connect my older receiver with the new Samsung 4K TV. Garrett and Mac were both great help! [ Daniel  Feb 20, 2018 ]
Based on reviews. [ Gregory  Jan 28, 2018 ]
read specs on product [ Kenneth  Jan 05, 2018 ]
The cheaper high quality option was out of stock [ Jonathan  Jan 02, 2018 ]
Wanted to keep digital signal as clean as possible before hitting the NOVA300 DAC [ richard  Dec 26, 2017 ]
Recommendation from Adam and positive reviews. [ Jason  Dec 12, 2017 ]
I bought this Audio quest Optical cable as an upgrade because of the quality in design and also wanted to see if there will be any noticeable improvement to my audio from my older DVD player to my AV receiver from current cable setup. [ Glendon  Dec 03, 2017 ]
It was over $100 cheaper than the same length digital coaxial cable. [ Neil  Nov 09, 2017 ]
recommended by the Crutchfield site to go with the item i also purchased. [ F  Nov 05, 2017 ]
My Sony multi-channel AV receiver (STR-DN1040) began showing errors with sporadic no sound from Sony 4k TV. Researched and suspect 20 year old mini-to-RCA cables from the audio out on the TV to the receiver are to blame. Upgrading to manufacturer recommended digital optical cable to see if it improves. [ JOHN  Oct 09, 2017 ]
Recommended by Otis, awesome Crutchfield advisor! [ Deborah  Oct 07, 2017 ]
To replace a very fragile cable that came with a soundbar. [ CAREY RENNIE  Aug 02, 2017 ]
Excellent cables. [ WILLIAM T  Apr 30, 2017 ]
TO connect a DAC and a CD Transport [ A  Apr 27, 2017 ]
Recommendation from Crutchfield tech on chat [ K  Mar 08, 2017 ]
I used it on my stereo. [ Antonio J.  Mar 07, 2017 ]
comes with the kit [ Luis  Feb 27, 2017 ]
Needed a Toslink cable and I like AudioQuest products. [ PHILIP  Feb 24, 2017 ]
Fair Price, Good quality, Name brand I can trust [ Nancy  Feb 04, 2017 ]
I wanted to maximize the TV audio quality output into my Bose surround sound system [ Alan  Feb 03, 2017 ]
Price and Audioquest quality [ Frank  Jan 10, 2017 ]
I have a 2-channel NAD setup in my bedroom, and I needed to connect an old CD player to the system, so this was perfect for my needs. [ jor-el  Jan 07, 2017 ]
Good quality, couldn't pass up my rewards $ [ Bryan  Dec 29, 2016 ]
did not need these [ Donald  Dec 06, 2016 ]
recommended by an advisor, fit a need I have [ David  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Needed for equipment hook-up, and the cable has been working just fine. [ WILLIAM R  Oct 31, 2016 ]
To connect the Bluesound Node 2 to a NAD MCD DAC 2 in a NAD C 356BEE Integrated Amp. I hope it's the right thing! [ Bruce  Oct 26, 2016 ]
To connect CD player to receiver. [ Jonathan  Oct 25, 2016 ]
Reviews were positive. Quality. [ E  Oct 18, 2016 ]
Recommended from reviews. [ David  Oct 18, 2016 ]
just needed more quality and state of art cable [ Bisco  Oct 16, 2016 ]
I currently have AudioQuest Forest HDMI and AudioQuest speaker wire in my system. They are superior to any other Cables or wire that I've tried. Crutchfield always delivers what they promise! [ KENNETH  Sep 24, 2016 ]
I needed a optical cable and AudioQuest cables have been superior quality in my experience. [ John  Jul 13, 2016 ]
for high quality connection of the CD player to my A/V receiver [ Shaw  Jun 26, 2016 ]
Nice [ Brian  Jun 23, 2016 ]
looked like a good value for the money [ joel  Jun 14, 2016 ]
It seemed like a good mixture of price and quality. [ John  May 31, 2016 ]
Why did I choose this, you ask--well after three months and twenty type-written pages of research, I made the best choice based on my limited knowledge of both products and retailers. [ LawrenceA  May 17, 2016 ]
Looks good good reviews [ GUY  May 17, 2016 ]
I purchased an AudioQuest Forest HDMI cable last year when I purchased my 4K TV and have been very pleased with its quality of material and service. [ Paul  May 09, 2016 ]
Need it. [ M  Apr 21, 2016 ]
better quality audio than the optical cables I currently have [ Gregory  Apr 18, 2016 ]
A customer service person recomended this item for my Sonos PlayBar [ Barry  Apr 08, 2016 ]
I have Audioquest Eversts for a turntable and Airport Express to an Onkyo Bookshelf System and they are great. [ Omar  Mar 15, 2016 ]
need to replace current cables on my Bose Cinemate II system [ Shawn  Feb 25, 2016 ]
Excellent value for the money. 100% better than OEM or Radio Shack cables. [ Jesse  Feb 25, 2016 ]
Because my sales advisor Maverick recommended them! Maverick's Bio: [ P  Feb 05, 2016 ]
sounds better than standard optical cable (to me) [ Jeffrey  Jan 23, 2016 ]
Have an older stereo system that I needed to connect to my new Smart TV [ Dana  Jan 02, 2016 ]
I only use Audioquest cables for all my audio needs. They produce the best sound for the $$$ [ Aaron  Dec 31, 2015 ]
needed with soundbar I picked and wanted a high quality cable [ charlie  Dec 27, 2015 ]
quality cables = the best sound. [ Brian  Dec 09, 2015 ]
Taylor's advise and options fit the best for my needs and budget. The support and clarification on systems i.e. "tech garble" was welcoming and friendly to an old guy who hasn't treated himself to very many new audio electronics within the last 20+ years! The website check-out was sooo simple!! Secure. Once again support-Taylor had the items we talked about in a cart and then all I had to do was select the items I decided on. How easy.Review, compare, ponder, review, ponder, buy. [ Bill  Sep 10, 2018 ]
I am about to "upgrade" my 40" HD Sony TV (7 years old) to a TCL 55" 4k UHD Roku ready TV. The TCL doesn't have analog audio connections (RCA jacks). It only has an optical connection. This cable is the answer. [ jay  May 28, 2018 ]
compatibility with TV and stereo amplifier [ Tim  May 02, 2018 ]
Former purchase and customer reviews [ Stephen  Mar 18, 2018 ]
User reviews, company reputation and past purchases [ Stephen  Feb 24, 2018 ]
Because 8' was not available, and great customer reviews [ J  Jan 28, 2018 ]
Needed that extra lenght [ jeff  Sep 23, 2017 ]
Great price and needed for connection to television from receiver. [ DONALD M  Sep 17, 2017 ]
have bought before to use 2 different wireless headsets [ CHRISTOPHER J  May 31, 2017 ]
I choose the AudioQuest Forest OptiLink because I have used others Optical cables in the past with headsets and I love the quality of Audio it gives out. With my new speaker system I just purchased I wanted to pair it up with this high quality cable for the best audio quality possible. [ Daniel  Mar 26, 2017 ]
Need a Google quality sound so I preferred to get a better audio optical cable. [ BRIAN  Mar 12, 2017 ]
Sound soo clear!! [ EDWIN  Dec 19, 2016 ]
needed [ KIMBER  Aug 22, 2016 ]
AudioQuest make quality cables that last and improve the quality of sound and picture. [ RONNIE S  Apr 17, 2016 ]
right length and price [ MARK V  Nov 13, 2016 ]
Great item [ GREGORY  Jul 10, 2016 ]

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