Optical audio cable, also referred to as TOSlink, is a type of cable that is used to transfer data, usually audio or video, from one source to another. Optical audio cables utilise fibre optic to transfer signals via light rather than electrical signals by wire, as found with standard audio cables. At RS components you will find a selection of high quality optical audio cables available in a wide range of lengths, colours and profiles to suit your needs.
Although optical audio cables are available with a variety of different connectors and profiles, they primarily feature a TOSlink design. Often called TOSlink, Toshiba-link or just Digital Optical Cable, optical audio cables are the only audio cables that are optical. These types of audio cables are usually limited in length for reliable transmission, without the need for a signal booster or a repeater.
A fast cable connection can deliver speed up to 50Mbps, however, fibre optic speed can be as much as 20 times faster than 50Mbs.
Optical audio cables are used extensively for digital audio applications, providing clean audio signals without interference. These types of digital audio cables are often used with entertainment systems and devices such as: