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How to Remove an Audio Optical Cable

Updated April 17, 2017

Optical fibres are extremely thin strands of glass used to direct light. These fibres are gathered into bundles and used as fibre optical cables to transmit images and data. Many audio devices feature audio optical cables to move the audio information from one unit to the other. If you have an audio system set-up using optical cables, you can easily remove the cables should the need arise for repairs, improvements or replacement.

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  1. Turn around the first device from which you want to disconnect the optical cable. You should try to get as much access to the cable as possible.

  2. Locate the optical cable you want to remove. If you have more than one optical cable plugged in, make sure you are removing the correct one or you will disconnect a different device.

  3. Grip the head of the plug and gently pull it away from the port until it comes out. If you meet any resistance, the plug may have clips holding it in, so squeeze the sides of the plug and pull again.

  4. Roll up the cable and follow its path to find the port it is plugged into on the other end. Don't pull as you roll the cable or you may knock down the second device.

  5. Turn the second device so you can reach the ports on the back and remove the optical cable. Use the same technique you used for the other end of the cable.

  6. Tip

    Label your cables when you remove them so you will know with which device they belong.


    Do not use sharp tools to remove plugs or you could electrocute yourself and destroy the plug.

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About the Author

Allison Melman

Based in West Windsor, N.J., Allison Melman has been writing health- and travel-related articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in "Salon" and "Better Health" magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Connecticut State University.

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