"If you need to run optical from a macbook, this is the cable for you."
Franklin J. Rabon
I found this cable to be good looking, have a solid feel, durable (important for an optical cable) and well priced. I am of the belief that the only thing cables can do, especially optical cables, is cause problems. They can never improve the sound. This cable doesn't cause any problems. If you need an optical cable for a macbook, this is all you need at a price that's more than fair.
I am able to consistently get 24/196 audio to lock on with this cable, which is the mark of a well made optical cable, since the spec only officially supports up to 24/96