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Can Anybody Assist With my Optical Issue?

sam_adams

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Very important info on that linked Amazon product page:
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As we know the TOSLINK standard is a joke, its a 40 year old standard, it does not officially support192/24, the cable is plastic and it's limited to 1~2m. There are references to higher speeds and distances but in practice no one seems to bother.

For about the same price as a TOSLINK cable you can buy an OM1 grade cable with SC terminations. Imagine a new standard built around cheap glass optical fibre.
Max speed around 200Mb/s.
4 x 768/32, 8 x 384/32, 16 x 192/32 etc. Would make it a viable standard for small studios.
A data/control channel. Could be as simple as allowing a streamer to signal remote speakers to go into standby.

Optionally, add 850/1300 SFW. Would support a model of remote units containing both ADCs and DACs communicating with a central controller and DSP. AES67 is overly complicated and I think part proprietary

Enough of my daydreaming, just taking the existing TOSLINK standard and using SC connectors, OM1 cable and cheap lasers would be a big improvement.
 

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As we know the TOSLINK standard is a joke, its a 40 year old standard, it does not officially support192/24, the cable is plastic and it's limited to 1~2m. There are references to higher speeds and distances but in practice no one seems to bother.

For about the same price as a TOSLINK cable you can buy an OM1 grade cable with SC terminations. Imagine a new standard built around cheap glass optical fibre.
Max speed around 200Mb/s.
4 x 768/32, 8 x 384/32, 16 x 192/32 etc. Would make it a viable standard for small studios.
A data/control channel. Could be as simple as allowing a streamer to signal remote speakers to go into standby.

Optionally, add 850/1300 SFW. Would support a model of remote units containing both ADCs and DACs communicating with a central controller and DSP. AES67 is overly complicated and I think part proprietary

Enough of my daydreaming, just taking the existing TOSLINK standard and using SC connectors, OM1 cable and cheap lasers would be a big improvement.

There's already ADAT Lightpipe (e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADAT_Lightpipe), which many pro interfaces support (it's selectable on the TOSLINK ports, or rather TOSLINK is selectable on the ADAT ports). It can do 2 channels at 192k/24, or up to 8 channels at 48k. I suspect anyone who wants more would just go DANTE of 1G or 10G ethernet.
 
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