Just wondering if there is a major difference between an optical audio cable that I can get on ebay for $5 vs the $40 brand name cables?
Cable Quality? - connector fittings? durability?
Audio Performance? - if so, would I even notice it on a $400 HTIB system?
It's not going long distance, less than 6 feet.
I have a Home Theater Audio Receiver system that has HDMI passthrough. Currently the BluRay and the PS3 HDMI interfaces go into the Receiver and then HDMI from the Receiver Stereo to the TV. I want to run the BluRay HDMI directly to the TV and run optical audio from the BluRay to the Home Theater Stereo.
Before anybody asks "why" optical instead of HDMI.. There are two reasons...
1. We don't always want to watch movies with the stereo on.
2. When watching BluRay, HTIB video passthrough seems to flicker from time to time and BluRay NEVER has that problem when we run HDMI straight to the TV. We figured out with the PS3 that is we disable the "Deep Color" setting, there was no flickering, but our BluRay player does not have a setting to disable the Deep Color Output.
So... does anybody have any input on getting an inexpensive Optical Audio cable?