Originally Posted by Terrya
And, better/sturdier cables are more robust and less likely to suffer from fractured fibers, which can degrade the signal and the resultant audio.
I have no direct experience with Monoprice cables, but many users on this forum do, and as far as I have seen, they are well received.
With regard to your comment above, I'm no audio engineer but I am suspicious of your claim that fractured fibers can degrade the audio quality. Digital is just that: digital. Zeros and ones. While a faulty optical cable can cause problems, they will be very obvious problems (clicks, pops, dropouts), not a degradation of the sound like what you might experience with cheap analog cables.
I'm sure this issue has been argued to death elsewhere here on the forums, and have no desire to rehash it again. There certainly are people (especially people who sell audio products) who make all sorts of claims about cables, both digital and analog.
As I said, I'm no audio expert (although I am an expert on zeros and ones...), but I don't want to leave people with the wrong impressions about how digital transmission works. There will be absolutely no audible difference between the $2.56 Monoprice cable and one that costs a hundred times as much (which, I guess, is my