i was so annoyed with the new thomson/rca 'RG' boxes, the guide system scrolling and other issues ,i took my drd485rg out of service and re-activated my rca drd480RE box. both of these units have dolby digital(so thumpson claims}.i had the dolby digital working fine with my drd 485RG box using a monster toslink optical cable. Looking at the back of the drd480RE it seemed to be the same optical jack. but the cable probe didnt seem to fit in so i made the mistake and forced it, breaking the fragile plastic probe were the red glow shows. the monster cable still manages to make cotact with the optical jack, i then check the other end that goes into the amp and IT IS GLOWING RED! QUESTION,will this cable still produce sound ? even when i set up the new drd485 RG,and the monster cable was brand new,i still had problems and played with it for 4 days and it then worked. so again the question is will these toslink optical cables work with out the probe, as long as the red light is glowing at the end? I WOULD STRONG RECOMEND PEOPLE THINK TWICE ABOUT BUYING THOMSON. I PURCHASED A RCA RCU810 GLOW REMOTE AND THAT DONT WORK EITHER,not enough ram in the unit,but it controls rca tv and dss recievers fine by default and it looks great in the dark, backlite blue, so i might keep it any way.