Delivery to UK addresses and VAT is included in the price for this high quality, non retail packaged TOSLINK® 5mm diameter black cable (p/n 4OPT-100) which is 0.5m in length.
TOSLINK® or Optical Cable is a fiber optic connection system that is most commonly used with audio equipment (via a 'digital optical' socket,) where it carries a digital audio stream from devices such as CD, DVD, Sky HD, Blu-Ray players, computers and modern video game consoles (PS3, XBOX 360 etc), to an AV receiver such as surround sound system that can decode the stream of audio and output it through a set of loudspeakers.
Since TOSLINK uses fibre-optic cable, it is free from distortion caused by electrical or magnetic interference that an electrical cable would incur. Thick 5mm cable is used for less loss and better quality. The result is an audio signal that is purer, as well as truer to the original recording. Gold plating is used on the connectors for its anti-corrosive properties.