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    Ofcourse the HDMI output will provide the best audio reproduction.

    The TOSLINK optical output is limited to provide the uncompressed 2 channel PCM audio and compressed 5.1 audio LPCM. Whereas if you connect the HDMI output to an AV receivers which can support the DTS HD Master Audio, you can enjoy the uncompressed 24 bit / 192 kHz sample audio.

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  • They're the same ting. A digital audio signal of the same specifications will sound the same. Optical was the first format to provide this, HDMI includes the audio digital signal as well as the digital video data, plus some unused bandwidth. For my purpose, I am going to use the optical signal for a discrete signal from AppleTV to my receiver, bypassing the HDMI audio which routes tot eh TV set. I think another way around this is to use the 2-way HDMI port on some devices, but I am not clear on that method.

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