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S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio Keystone Jack, Female to Female Coupler, White
Create an S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio connection on your keystone wallplate or patch panel using this keystone jack.
This keystone jack measures 31/32" long by 13/16" tall by 3/4" wide, allowing it to fit in standard wall plates or patch panels. It has gold-plated connectors for smooth, corrosion-free connections.
Here's why I gave it 7 out of 10: The jack is made of two parts - a white plastic piece with clips on it and a black plastic part which connects to two optical cables. These two parts are held together by a small clip. When inserting the optical cable on the outside, if you apply just a little bit pressure, the inner black part detaches. In my case, it fell into the wall cavity. Since it was behind a TV, I had to remove the 100lbs TV, fish the optical cable through the wall again and connect everything back up. I spent almost 2 hours just to fix this.
So, before you install it, remove the black part, apply superglue and put it back in.
PROS: Cable "snaps" in nicely in any orientation
PROS: The Monoprice disclaimer AND their online chat support both state that the coupler wil not work with the premium cables. This is not quite true. The premium cables fit nicely on the wall side of the coupler they will not fit on the room side. So , if like me, you’re trying to run a 100’ optical cable between rooms, go ahead and but the 100’ premium cable and a pair of these couplers. Just use standard cables to connect your equipment.
I found this product did not work with other optical cables other than Monoprice’s cables. I finally found two of my Monoprice cables that played well with the adapter. A 3’ one from the receiver to the adapter and a 9’ one from the wall side of the adapter to the switch.
I tried other brand cables from the receiver to the adapter and I could not get a signal to go through, even though I could see one (red beam). The wall side cable was still Monoprice’s 9’ one.
I tested these other brand cables on other components to the switch and they worked find. I also tried these other brand cables and these adapters between a Monoprice cable and the other components and they again worked fine.
So I think for some reason the problem belongs to Dish. I even made sure the digital signal from the Dish receiver was set to just PCM. This is a requirement for the Sony transmitter.
PROS: The adapter's top and bottom are the same width, meaning you don't have to worry if you have the cable top and bottom are oriented correctly to the adapter.
CONS: The tolerances could be better. It was a tight fit getting the adapter into a keystone cover because the sides of the adapter are slightly larger than other adapters I have used (RCA).
For those of you looking at running optical audio in-wall for any reason, Monoprice was the only place I could find these cables - or any other wallplate or keystone designed to run optical audio in-wall, for that matter, If you're looking for these, just pony up and buy them here.
PROS: They work quite well and give the install a nice, integrated look.
CONS: None so far
PROS: Can be used in the same unit with other connectors
CONS: Easily disconnects from the assembly.
PROS: Exactly what I needed to route my TV's optical output through the wall. Works great.
PROS: Great quality
PROS: They work. They fit. They're awesomely cheap
CONS: Very tight fit on 6 blank keystone