I have a few of these connections going myself, but I'm not really an expert. Here's what I think I know:
S/PDIF, see Wikipedia
, is digital transmission but it can technically refer to either optical or electrical connections.
TOSLINK, see Wikipedia
, describes the optical hardware connection. The different shape ports are due to two different terminals -- standard TOSLINK and Mini-TOSLINK. (And, just to keep things interesting, there are adapters to connect a cable with a standard connector to a device with a Mini-connector. Scroll down in the TOSLINK article.) I would expect
a USB Sound Interface to use standard
connectors, but that's not universal. I would also expect the Mini-TOSLINK connector to be more likely on a device that only provides output
, but that's not guaranteed, either.
Anyway, both of the devices you linked to at Amazon.UK and Newegg have standard TOSLINK connectors (labelled S/PDIF, just to keep things interesting). A standard TOSLINK cable would work. Is this the connector on your TV?
Edited by Capn Easy, 28 November 2010 - 04:37 AM.