While this product is marketed completely as a PS2 peripheral, I took the liberty of replacing an AudioQuest fiber optic cable with the Monster Cable LightWave 100
to see if there was any discernable difference in how it handled signals directly from a CD and DAT machine. As expected, I encountered no problems whatsoever in transmitting optical renditions of binary code to my outboard Digital to Analog converter. More importantly, there was no discernable difference in the converted audio signal derived from the Monster Cable LightWave 100
and the other Optical cables I had on hand for evaluation purposes.
Similar testing of the device using the PS2 with games and DVD movies provided equally impressive results. Granted, there isn?t much one can get wrong with a fiber optic cable, unless of course the conduit is so poorly fashioned that the host converter must resample the data over and over, which could cause errors. But in this case, the LightWave 100 proved to be a rather sound and affordable addition to any burgeoning audio/video-phile?s connector cache. It connects to the Toslink input with a firm snap into position and performed admirably in every instance of its use during my tests, which included a stint attached to an older Sony Laserdisc unit stuffed with a nice import of Sade Live In Concert as the test platter. Superlative results in every way.