What is Toshiba Toslink?
This optical cable is an external, hot pluggable cable. It originally supported a speed of 3.1 mbit/s and now it has increased to 125 mbit/s.
It is made up of the following components:
• Transmission module that converts electrical signals to optical signals • Receiving module optical signals to electrical signals • Optical fiber cable which is used for transmission purposes • Optical connector that connects both the sending and receiving modules
Though Toshiba created Toslink originally to connect their CD Players to their receivers, it was soon adopted by other CD player manufacturers. This is because optical fiber enables smooth data transmission, unlike electric data transmission which can get distorted by noise. The versatile functionality of this optical cable makes it to be one that is highly preferred over other similar models in the market.
In its most basic form, the Toslink cable male use of a low-cost 1mm plastic optical fiber. However as the bandwidth necessity increases, high quality multi-strand optical fibers are used for higher transmission purposes. The normal length of a Toslink cable is 5 meters, but it can be extended for a length of 10 meters, however it is also necessary to use a signal booster. Though Toslink cables are mostly used for connecting CD player, it is also used for connecting DVD players and also game consoles.
When using Toshiba Toslink, it is to be noted that though it supports all modern format, it does not support DTS HD, TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus.