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I use an inexpensive 10 foot Dynex USB cable.


I have dementia. I save all my posts in a text file I call Forums.  I do a search in that file to find out what I said or did in the past.

 

I still love music.

 

Teresa

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1m Belkin Gold now and a Audioquest Forest had a Curious Cable sold the Curious because I was curious if it made a BIG difference and I couldn't hear the big difference.


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I'm using two WireWorld Silver Starlight 7 USB 2.0 cables. So far, one of the best cables I've heard/used. Enough for me NOT to pay for some more expensive cables I've used in my system.

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We've all a friend or two that we respect for their know-how and pay attention to their particular choices ? Well, Ken was recently using AudioQuest Diamond :

 

Me' date=' to match the [i']Hi-Fi[/i] I've got, a less expensive cable


 

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an accurate picture

Sono pessimista con l'intelligenza,

 

ma ottimista per la volontà.

severe loudspeaker alignment »

 

 

 

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Chanced upon photo from this weekend's Hong Kong High-End Audio-Visual Show :

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AudioQuest Diamond is the USB cable Ken trusts and travels with for his MacBook Pro, regardless of what cable brand a country's Marantz distributor imports ?

 

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«

an accurate picture

Sono pessimista con l'intelligenza,

 

ma ottimista per la volontà.

severe loudspeaker alignment »

 

 

 

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Actually I use few.

 

Macbook Pro --- Kingrex red dual head (data connected to the Macbook Pro, power connected to a Kingrex battery power supply) --- iFi iUSB3 --- Kingrex red dual head --- iFi nano iDSD (waiting for micro iDSD).

 

Tried all sorts of others including the Corning optical ( it worked well but prefer the Kingrex). The rest of the system (at the moment):

 

iFi nano iDSD --- Alisca Orange RCA - RCA interconect --- Accustic Arts Preamp Mk III (Alisca Orange power cable) - Audioquest Niagara XLR - XLR ---- Neumann KH120A active studio monitor (Alisca Orange power cable) on an Isoacoustic Aperta desktop stand. Mains distribution is an Alisca Orange block and mains cable.

 

Listening is nearfield.

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Hi,

 

 

So the question is simple, "What USB cable are you using now?"

 

 

Thanks for Playing,

 

Greg

 

Whatever I find laying around, since I only buy USB cables (for audio) that comply with the IEEE standard spec.


George

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Whatever I find laying around, since I only buy USB cables (for audio) that comply with the IEEE standard spec.

 

I used to be like you. I miss those days. They were simpler. And a lot less expensive.

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My printer is feed by a BlueJeans USB, but I don't think it cares.

My DAC is feed by BlueJean's Mitsubishi ESKA Fiber


"The gullibility of audiophiles is what astonishes me the most, even after all these years. How is it possible, how did it ever happen, that they trust fairy-tale purveyors and mystic gurus more than reliable sources of scientific information?"

Peter Aczel - The Audio Critic

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I used to be like you. I miss those days. They were simpler. And a lot less expensive.

 

Remember back in the '80's when those arm bracelets with the small orbs on each end that were supposed to infuse the wearer with new energy and a sense of well being were all the rage with the "new age" bunch? I didn't buy one of those either.


George

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Remember back in the '80's when those arm bracelets with the small orbs on each end that were supposed to infuse the wearer with new energy and a sense of well being were all the rage with the "new age" bunch? I didn't buy one of those either.

 

I do remember those...


No electron left behind...

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I make my own... shortest possible, without 5v rail and ability to lift the ground (after handshake) via a switch. Never heard better.


Source:

*Aurender N100 (no internal disk : LAN optically isolated via FMC with *LPS) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch - split for *LPS) > Intona Industrial (injected *LPS / internally shielded with copper tape) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > W4S Recovery (*LPS) > DIY 2cm USB adaptor (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > *Auralic VEGA (EXACT : balanced)

 

Control:

*Jeff Rowland CAPRI S2 (balanced)

 

Playback:

2 x Revel B15a subs (balanced) > ATC SCM 50 ASL (balanced - 80Hz HPF from subs)

 

Misc:

*Via Power Inspired AG1500 AC Regenerator

LPS: 3 x Swagman Lab Audiophile Signature Edition (W4S, Intona & FMC)

Storage: QNAP TS-253Pro 2x 3Tb, 8Gb RAM

Cables: DIY heavy gauge solid silver (balanced)

Mains: dedicated distribution board with 5 x 2 socket ring mains, all mains cables: Mark Grant Black Series DSP 2.5 Dual Screen

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I've heard good things about the Curious Cables USB.

 

Does anyone have any views or experience?


 Innuos Zenith SE (Roon Core) > Curious USB/Upton ISO REGEN +LPS-1/USPCB> Chord Hugo TT > ATC SCM 40A

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Supra


Main listening (small home office):

Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS>Kii Control>Audiolense DRC>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also an SBT and a RB Pi 3B+ running piCorePlayer as an SBT emulator. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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Im surprised that flummoxed is the first to mention Curious. I use a Curious, I like it. I heard an improvement in presentation and vocal smoothness compared to a Supra. I haven't compared it to anything else.

 

For what it's worth, if I understand comments from Rob Watts and John Swenson correctly, technologies that isolate and/or regenerate the USB signal reduce (or remove) the impact of USB cables. Rob was referring to galvanic isolation and John to the impact of the USB Regen.

 

For me, quite surprisingly, switching my Ethernet cables from stock, to BJC cat 6 and 6e, to Supra Cat 8, to Audioquest Vodka made a bigger difference than I noticed when upgrading the USB cable. Perhaps it's because I have both a DAC that employs galvanic isolation and I issue a Regen. As a result, I now have lots of Ethernet cables of varying size, cat, color and cost.

 

The Supra is an excellent value. Slightly, but noticeably, better than the BJC 6e and light years beyond the stock cable. The Vodka has a noticeable step-up in sound fullness and resolution from the Supra. But at 5x the price of the Supra, the Supra is high value.

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I have three decent USB cables, a Supra, a Kimber Kable Cu, and a Wireworld Ultraviolet 7. While all sell at roughly the same price point ($45-60), each differs from the others in design and construction. FWIW, I cannot discern an audible difference between them on either of my rigs. I attribute this to one of three things: my systems are not resolving/expensive enough, my old ears are not sharp enough, or there is no difference between USB cables. Admittedly, I have never owned, or even heard, a USB cable that sells for more than $180, so, with regard to my third point, I make no judgements.

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