Is there an advantage to having an optical connection?

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LarryD56

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   Is there an advantage (sound quality-wise) in having an optical connection over a wired connection on the DAC 3? 

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Re: Is there an advantage to having an optical connection?
« Reply #1 on: 28 Feb 2021, 07:43 pm »
Upside is that it provides galvanic isolation.  Downside is it has inherently more jitter.

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Re: Is there an advantage to having an optical connection?
« Reply #2 on: 2 Mar 2021, 05:28 pm »
Let me be perfectly clear....  Jitter doesn't matter with the Cherry DAC DAC!  The DAC DAC re-clocks the data internally, and jitter tests show no effect on performance unless the jitter is so obscenely bad (doesn't happen in real life) that the interface itself doesn't work.

Yes, optical does provide electrical isolation, but for devices like the Cherry USB, the output is electrically isolated anyway (internally), so there's no benefit to optical there.

Also, optical is more common in certain applications, like the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) on TV sets.  We use COAX for SPDIF because it's reliable and uses a common cable type.

The DAC3 will have an optional optical input and a selector switch to select COAX/OPT on the back.  Thanks.