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Cable length: USB vs. Interconnects

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I realize that shorter is better, but …


If my computer is ±12 feet (4 meters) away from my stereo, and my USB DAC needs to be positioned between the two, what is the optimal placement of my DAC? Should it be right next to the stereo, right next to the computer, right in the middle, or slightly closer to one than the other?


In other words, all things being equal, is it better to run a slightly longer USB or interconnect?






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Here is my very unscientific opinion based on information gathered from here and there over the years. I think it is best to keep the analog cables & signal down to the shortest path possible and if there is a choice the longer cables should be digital.


I hope someone can verify this or dispute this with some real information not solely based on my memory :-)


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