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Mini-TOSLINK (NUC) to Standard TOSLINK - Audio Cable

NUC8i7HVK

A question for anyone out there who has connected their Hades Canyon via the SPDIF (optical) port ...

Is the QC good enough on the NUC end to limit the mini-TOSLINK side from developing a Jitter (http://thewelltemperedcomputer.com/Intro/SQ/Toslink_Coax.htm The Well-Tempered Computer)?

I've read a few reviews from Skull Canyon peps who complain about the mini-TOSLINK on the NUC is below standard.

I'm looking for a recommended mini-TOSLINK to standard TOSLINK cable and a discussion with anyone on this board who can talk about the SPDIF port on the NUC8i7HVK from experience.

Thanks!

Mike

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https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-THINTOSMIN6-Toslink-Digital-Optical/dp/B00016W6Y6/ref=sr_1_16?ie... Amazon.com: StarTech.com THINTOSMIN6 6 feet Toslink to Mini Digital Optical SPDIF Audio Cable: Home Audio & Theater

This looks like a reasonable cable. No complaints from the Skull Canyon peops either.

There are many sources of Jitter, many of them are the QC of the NUC. I'm more concerned about Cable Jitter introduced due to problematic manufacturing of the cable (most common failures in optical set ups are the TOSLINK cables.

CABLE JITTER: Cables can "smear" digital signals by attenuating the highest frequencies. The diagram below is an example. The top blue waveform illustrates a perfect digital S/PDIF or AES3 bitstream. The bottom red waveform is what you might get out the other end of a long cable. The hardware receiving the signal uses the "zero crossings"—where the signal transitions an imaginary line drawn horizontally through the middle of the red waveform—to extract the clock. As you can see by the red arrows, that isn't always correct due to the waveform distortion. The gaps between the red arrows are jitter. The amount of "smearing" depends on the bitstream itself so as the audio signal changes so does the clock timing creating jitter related to the audio itself.

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Hello MikeLevine,

 

Thank you for joining this Community.

 

We will perform further research regarding your inquiry as the information is not handy into our documentation.

 

This will cause a brief delay between our answers; I will contact you back as soon as we have news to share.

 

Best regards.

 

 

Diego S.

 

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Hello MikeLevine,

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

We were looking further regarding the requested information, however I regret to inform you that there is not information available from our end on whether THINTOSMIN6 6 feet Toslink* to Mini Digital Optical SPDIF Audio Cable or any other mini-TOSLINK to standard TOSLINK cable can cause or develop Jittering while connected to the Intel® NUC NUC8i7HVK.

 

Regarding the quality control of the Mini-TOSLINK (NUC), we can tell that it meets all the system requirements in order to avoid Jittering; however we do not test the actual cables as these ones are not part of the actual product.

 

We would like to keep this thread open for a few days so we can wait for another community peer that may have experienced what is to use the cables and share the results with us.

 

My apologies again, I hope this helps.

 

Regards,

 

Diego S.

 

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Valued Contributor I
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Thanks Diego.

I went ahead and purchased the cable (that was posted), and it works fine.

Mike

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