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Loving the forum, great info all around which is really increasing my sound quality. Starting to plan out a dedicated computer build but for the time being need a USB cable upgrade. Right now running a stripped down laptop to the DAC in a McIntosh Integrated amp (5200). Any recommendations on USB Cable/Device upgrades? Budget is sort of “open” but not crazy high.

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Loving the forum, great info all around which is really increasing my sound quality. Starting to plan out a dedicated computer build but for the time being need a USB cable upgrade. Right now running a stripped down laptop to the DAC in a McIntosh Integrated amp (5200). Any recommendations on USB Cable/Device upgrades? Budget is sort of “open” but not crazy high.

 

Oh, geez. One of the most bandied-about subjects in the history of this forum. Budget is open, eh? USB cables range in price from $25 to $9,000. However, for many of us, more than a couple hundred bucks for a cable would be crazy high.

 

My advice? Buy an UpTone Audio REGEN ($175). You can add a very good audio USB cable by Supra, AudioQuest, Kimber Kable, or Chord for $50-$100.

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My advice? Buy an UpTone Audio REGEN ($175). You can add a very good audio USB cable by Supra, AudioQuest, Kimber Kable, or Chord for $50-$100.

 

Definitely agree about the UpTone Regen.

 

And you can buy one of those "very good audio USB cable" such as from Kimber Kable, AudioQuest, and Supra in near-new condition but at less than half-price here on the Computer Audiophile classifieds, where you might not have seen that I'm selling them.

 

Dave, who says this is a bit bold but has wondered about the lack of interest so perhaps that lack is just because people don't know

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Best value for money USB cables in middle category are : Paul Pang, Curious, Totaldac D1

Best uber USB cable: Stealth USB-T.

 

Stay away from any Kimber, Nordost.

 

Cheap good option: wireworld, ifI gemini.

 

Loving the forum, great info all around which is really increasing my sound quality. Starting to plan out a dedicated computer build but for the time being need a USB cable upgrade. Right now running a stripped down laptop to the DAC in a McIntosh Integrated amp (5200). Any recommendations on USB Cable/Device upgrades? Budget is sort of “open” but not crazy high.
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Stay away from any Kimber, Nordost.

 

I heard both the Nordost Blue Heaven and Heimdall USB cables in my system. The Heimdall was excellent and well worth auditioning.

Digital:  Sonore opticalModule > Uptone EtherRegen > Shunyata Sigma Ethernet > Antipodes K30 > Shunyata Omega USB > Gustard X26pro DAC 

Amp & Speakers:  Spectral DMA-150mk2 > Aerial 10T

Foundation: Stillpoints Ultra, Shunyata Denali power conditioner, Shunyata Alpha and Delta power cords, Shunyata Alpha interconnect, Shunyata Sigma Ethernet, MIT Matrix HD60 speaker cables, ASC isothermal tube traps, Stillpoints Aperture panels

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Audioquest is a good solid cable, but I much preferred the Mapleshade Clearlink Plus at $135 to the Audioquest Coffee at about double the price. I think the Regen is great, but I can't tell you how it would sound with a cheap cable versus the Mapleshade, for example, without the Regen.

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Buying cables is like playing the lottery, mostly you lose. The cable that sucked yesterday becomes a winner the next time you change gear

 

I've not experienced anything like this. I think the outcome might depend on the criteria up which the cables were selected.

Digital:  Sonore opticalModule > Uptone EtherRegen > Shunyata Sigma Ethernet > Antipodes K30 > Shunyata Omega USB > Gustard X26pro DAC 

Amp & Speakers:  Spectral DMA-150mk2 > Aerial 10T

Foundation: Stillpoints Ultra, Shunyata Denali power conditioner, Shunyata Alpha and Delta power cords, Shunyata Alpha interconnect, Shunyata Sigma Ethernet, MIT Matrix HD60 speaker cables, ASC isothermal tube traps, Stillpoints Aperture panels

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Best I have heard so far was the PPA red usb cable, better then the Audioquest Diamond. Good quality/price ratio.

I have never heard the Stealth USB-T though.

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PPA red is amazing cable.

Stealth USB-T is just better. But with PPA red you can be assured it's a top cable much better than much-advertised "well known" brands.......

 

Best I have heard so far was the PPA red usb cable, better then the Audioquest Diamond. Good quality/price ratio.

I have never heard the Stealth USB-T though.

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Does it come with pigtails?

try SOtM tX-USBhubEX instead of changing the USB cable, will perfectly fit your demand.

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Best I have heard so far was the PPA red usb cable, better then the Audioquest Diamond. Good quality/price ratio.

I have never heard the Stealth USB-T though.

 

+1 about PPA USB cable, especially the dual lead PPA USB. Never heard AQ Diamond or Stealth USB-T, but good to hear PPA USB better AQD.

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I tried a number of cables, and as you know there is alot out there. What I ended up with is a wireworld platinum eclipse. It does the job and not *too* expensive, I also like the theory behind the wireworld cables.

there may be others out there, yet this is what i chose:)

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I started off with a Kimber CU and never really gave it much thought until I bought a Schiit Wyrd and started experimenting with USB cables. Between the moderately priced Kimber, Analysis Plus, Wire World, and Shunyata cables, I liked the Wire World Starlight 7 the best. It had a wide sound stage and crisp highs. For $100 it does a nice job.

Loving the forum, great info all around which is really increasing my sound quality. Starting to plan out a dedicated computer build but for the time being need a USB cable upgrade. Right now running a stripped down laptop to the DAC in a McIntosh Integrated amp (5200). Any recommendations on USB Cable/Device upgrades? Budget is sort of “open” but not crazy high.
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