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S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical to Digital Coaxial (RCA) Audio Converter
Convert a Digital Optical Audio signal into a Digital Coaxial Audio signal using this S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical to Digital Coaxial (RCA) Audio Converter from Monoprice!
The Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format allows for both an electrical signal, carried over Digital Coaxial Audio cable, and an optical signal carried over a Digital Optical Audio cable. This converter allows you to connect an optical output to a digital electrical signal. It measures only about 3" x 2" and includes a 6 VDC, 3A AC power adapter.
PROS: It works perfectly and is a really low price. Very small and compact unit that can fit in your hand.
But it has a few issues. It's an active signal conversion with means it requires power, which means there's a small DC transformer that must be plugged in. I've also had problems with it putting out loud glitches or noise when there is no input signal (when my Xbox is off). It seems to occur when there is a fluctuation in the line voltage (power surges, or when i turn off the light switch in the room). Unfortunately for me, that means i have to either unplug the transformer, or the cable to my speakers if i'm not using the adapter.
- bulky power transformer makes for sloppy installation (cables coming out of 3 sides)
- output signal glitches with blips in electricity
PROS: Works great. Now my LED TV (Toslink) and my Entertainment System (Coax) works. Able to amplify the volume without and issue.
CONS: It would be great if they have a 110 to 240V power adaptor.
PROS: Worked great for me, allowing us digital surround sound from a 2nd source (satellite & HTPC) w/o having to replace existing Audio Video Receiver. Very low power: description says wall wart is 3000ma...it's actually 300ma, which I'm sure is plenty based on the Converter operating cool-to-the-touch.
CONS: Not the product's fault, but it the extra cable + wall wart added to the "rat's nest" behind entertainment center...Then when satellite digital audio went out temporarily, I thought it was the new converter.