Monday, March 19, 2007

Toshiba vs. Sony/Philips

Nowadays, Toshiba with its HD DVD format is fighting against Sony and Philips with their Blu-ray. I've just thought that this opposition probably has a history. I don't know the details, but here is what I noticed (of course, I've always knew that, but it seems interesting in context of the HD formats battle): there are two standards of digital audio links, the optical one and the electric coaxial one. Certainly, customers would prefer to have one standard, but there are two, bringing inconvenience when two devices that you want to connect appear to have incompatible digital audio connectors. So, the optical standard is called TOSLINK (Toshiba Link), and the electrical one is S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface). Interesting, huh?

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