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S/PDIF is the protocol being used, not the type of cable. Optical and digital coax connections both use S/PDIF. Get whichever type your TV has, most likely optical.
$40 is way too much to spend on a cable. Get it from a place like monoprice for just a couple of dollars. Same quality, much cheaper price.
This might help
My friend has a Sony DAV-HDX285 theater in box.
Its inputs include:
* Analog Audio Input(s) : 1 (Rear-RCA) & 1 (Front-Mini Jack)
* Coaxial Audio Digital Input(s) : 1 (Rear)
* Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
* D.C.A.C. (Auto Calibration) : Yes
* Digital Media Port (Input) : Yes (TDM-iP20 included)
* Headphone Jack : 1 (Front- Mini Jack 3.5mm)
* Optical Audio Input(s) : 1 Rear
* Optical Audio Input(s) : 1 (Rear)
* Speaker Terminal : 6 DAV Clips (Rear- 2 Front/ 2 Surround/ 1 Center/ 1 Sub)
Her TV is a Visio SV420XVT1A
Those outputs include:
* 1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Side
* 1 x Component video input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Side
* 2 x HDMI ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - Side
* 2 x HDMI ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - Rear
* 3 x Audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear
* 1 x Composite video input ( RCA phono ) - Rear
* 1 x Component video input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear
* 1 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Rear
* 1 x VGA input ( 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ) - Rear
* 1 x Audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear
* 1 x SPDIF output ( TOSLINK ) - Rear
So I'm assuming that I have to use the TOS cable that people already suggested.