As technologies evolve, the way we connect our devices changes as well. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the difference between two ways of transmitting digital audio signals: Toslink vs Bluetooth.
Toslink is a standardized optical fiber connector system. Toslink cables are used to transmit digital audio signals from devices like CD and DVD players, game consoles, and Blu-ray players to receivers like amplifiers, soundbars, and home theater systems. The optical fiber used in Toslink cables carries the signal in the form of pulses of light. The maximum distance for a Toslink cable is typically around 5 meters (16 feet).
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that uses radio waves to transmit data over short distances. Bluetooth can be used to transmit digital audio signals from devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops to receivers like headphones, speakers, and car stereos. The radio waves carry the signal in the form of binary data (ones and zeroes). Bluetooth is commonly used to connect headphones to phones or other audio devices.
The main advantage of Bluetooth is that it offers greater flexibility than a wired connection. Bluetooth also has the benefit of being able to transmit data through walls and other obstacles. The maximum distance for a Bluetooth connection is typically around 10 meters (33 feet).
One advantage of Toslink over Bluetooth is that it transmits the signal in a lossless format, which means that there is no degradation in quality between the source device and the receiver. Bluetooth, on the other hand, uses a codec (coder-decoder) to compress the signal before transmission; this can lead to some degradation in sound quality.
When choosing how to connect your digital audio devices, it’s important to consider both Toslink and Bluetooth. If you’re concerned about audio quality, Toslink is a great option because it transmits the signal in a lossless format. However, if you need a wireless connection or you’re looking for a more convenient option, Bluetooth is also a great choice.