My question has more to do with the hassle free performance of this new technology for my application. It has nothing to do whether I am pro or anti cable. There is a converter on both ends to optical and then back from optical, which I have been told can be problematic if not implemented properly.
I read a review of another optical cable where the reviewer claimed washed out colors. It's a new conversion technology so who knows. I didn't write the review nor do I condone what he said. Just asking if anyone used the cable and had good results. I never asked if using an optical hdmi cable would give a superior picture as opposed to a standard copper hdmi cable. Just want no handshake issues or snow at very long runs with a very high bandwidth signal. May use Red Ray or future Sony 4k player to my Sony 4k projector and want as little problems as possible in light of a 40' length.
Some baluns work great and others have had problems with them. The current baluns, even the best from Atlona, are still based on cat 5 wire technology. They can pass 4k at 24p, but may have issues with future 3d 4k, especially at higher than 24p. Looking for the most reliable and future proof solution. It may end up being the next generation Atlona, from what I am told will be based on a cat 6 minimum requirement.
I believe the Celerity is cerified for high speed and can pass above the typical 10.2 gps. I was told the Atlona 4k can not pass over 10.2 gps.