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The best optical audio cables for 2020

Nick Woodard

If you asked people what the best way to transfer content from one device to another is, a lot of them would probably tell you to use an HDMI cable. As convenient as an HDMI cable is, there’s usually a time and place for optical audio cables too. 

We understand how challenging it can be to try and sort through all the optical audio cable options, which is why we’ve gone ahead and done the heavy lifting for you.

KabelDirekt Optical Digital Audio Cable

kabeldirekt optical audio cable
kabeldirekt optical audio cable

Outfitted with 24K gold plated connectors, the KabelDirekt Optical Digital Audio Cable represents some of the best bang you can get for your buck. According to the company, the gold plated connectors are corrosion-resistant and, because of its fiber optic design, the cable itself won’t have to deal with any interference from radio (RFI) or electromagnetic (EMI) frequencies.

$13 from Amazon

iVANKY Optical Audio Cable

IVANKY optical cable
IVANKY optical cable

For the price, iVANKY packs a number of solid features into its optical cable. It’s made of CL3 rated material, meaning it’s completely safe for in-wall installations. It also has a nylon braided jacket, intended to provide heat resistance as well as anti-friction and anti-corrosion protection. The cable also has removable rubber caps for each end, in order to protect the tips from dust particles when they aren’t in use.

$13 from Amazon

BlueRigger Premium Digital Optical Cable

BlueRigger optical audio cable
BlueRigger optical audio cable

BlueRigger’s premium cable comes with a number of, well, premium features. The BlueRigger has 24K gold-plated connectors, a polished convex lens, which is supposed to eliminate both RFI and EMI frequencies, as well as an outer layer of PVC that’s intended to be durable and bendable. Plus, while not explicitly stated, this BlueRigger cable is also CL3 rated for in-wall setups.

$13 from Amazon

Cmple Toslink Digital Fiber Optical Cable

Cmple optical audio cable
Cmple optical audio cable

For those home theater setups that require a longer run of optical cable, Cmple provides 100 feet of cable for one of the lowest prices currently on the market. The cable itself has gold-plated connectors, and it’s enveloped in tear-resistant PVC materials. Plus, Cmple markets the cable as ultra-thin and lightweight, positioning it as an unobtrusive addition to your room.

$13 from Amazon

FosPower Toslink Digital Optical Cable

Fospower optical audio cable
Fospower optical audio cable

While FosPower’s cable doesn’t have a set of features that make it vary widely from the rest of the cables on this list, it is priced quite competitively. The cable has gold-plated connectors, as well as a braided nylon mesh jacket. It also comes in at a great price.

$13 from Amazon

AmazonBasics Digital Optical Toslink Cable

Amazon optical cable
Amazon optical cable

What the AmazonBasics cable does not have is the eye-catching aesthetics and style of other cables within this list. What it does have, though, is the familiarity of a brand name like Amazon, plus a seriously low price point that only a company like Amazon can provide. For those who just need a basic plug-and-play cable, you’re likely to get a solid value here.

$13 from Amazon