a Digital Audio Cable with Sky+ for superior Sound Quality using Dolby Digital.
Connecting your Sky+ Box with a Digital Optical Audio Cable
Why should I choose a Digital Optical Cable ?
To get the best sound quality from your SKY+ digital box you should connect through the optical output on the rear of the sky+ box to a digital optical audio cable directly to your audio amplifier or surround sound home cinema system. The SKY+ box will then be able to control the surround sound setting and at the same time deliver the highest quality sound signal to your audio system through the sky optical digital cable, this link type is also well known as a TOSLINK cable.
SKY+ and SKY HD Box - Digital Optical Compatible
A optical digital cable (TOSLINK) is now a common connection used by satellite systems, freesat, set top boxes, game consoles, hi-fi equipment, audio visual receivers, home cinema systems and other equipment.
Technical information for optical cables:
An optical digital cable utilises fibre optice technologies and sends a signal between 2 devices as a light pulse signal (pulse modulation) rather than an electrical one. The light pulse is sent through a fibre optic conductor and is a pure low loss signal which is not degraded by external electrical interference which sometimes causes problems with standard interconnects or copper based audio cables.
Should I use a digital optical Cable for my Sky or Sky HD Box ?
The simple answer to this is YES. If you have a sky+ or Sky HD system then you should definately upgrade to using a digital optical cable (TOSLINK) to connect the sky box to your home cinema system or audio amplifier (see picture below) to enjoy the unparalleled sound quality that this connection type offers you.
Sky+ and SKY HD Rear Connection Picture for Digital Optical Cable Connection
The SKY+ box also gives total and fully automatic control, through the digital optical cable (TOSLINK), of standard Dolby Digital Surround Sound settings so when you switch to watching a sky movie on skytv then you will get your compatible AV receiver automatically configured to use the surround sound settings that are specified within the movie which controls all your speakers. You will be astounded by the surround sound possibilities through the sky+ switching of Dolby Digital Audio (DD EX, DTS ES, PL II) settings.
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On sky+ channels that are not broadcast in Dolby Digital (DD) you will still experience a greatly improved sound signal to your home cinema system or hi-fi when using a digital optical cable for your audio connection.
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