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post #91 of 134
Originally Posted by linuxworks View Post
blame the dac or its stages. stop blaming cables in the digital world.
I'm just about to receive what will be my first high quality USB DAC, a Benchmark DAC1 PRE. IMHO, the cable induced jitter is probably small compared to the OS induced jitter with USB audio, so my guess is that, since the cable's contribution to total jitter is probably small, any gains made at this point might be swamped out by the jitter problems which still remain. Therefore, I think "blame the DAC" is probably the most fruitful view, hence my choice of Benchmark, a company who has put a lot of effort into eliminating the audible effects of interface jitter.
post #92 of 134

It looks like Benchmark doesn't really care, or at least recommend, more exotic digital cables; just look at what they sell at their website. I do like my DAC1 USB enough with stock cords, but I like enjoy the sound even better after I integrated the various tweaks, including digital cables. I'd like to think it as that Benchmark has got the part they care/can rationalize covered, but there are other elements to Hi-fi.
post #93 of 134
People here seem to concentrate on the digital signal and how that is corruptable or not.
But there is more on that cable then just the ones and zeroes; all kinds of noise that also enters the receiving component and might disrupt analogue feedbackstages.
A perfect cable would only transmit the digital signal and no noise at all. All extra noise, like RF might give audible distortion further in the chain.
Of course this effect is as much dependent on the architecture of the receiving components as on the noise sent through the cable.
Seems to me an acceptable explanation of why
usb-cables can sound different; the noise might disrupt analogue stages further up in the chain.
post #94 of 134
Saying that usb cables can affect the sound doesn't mean you need to get the most expensive one. I believe in sound differences and would just opt with a belkin 2.0 gold.

Interesting input dura, another possibility.

tps, why not try a different usb cable, such as a belkin, and see if you experience a difference, most of us try to get the most out of a system, and if there is a positive benefit within 25$ it seems worthwhile to me, especially on truly high-end systems.

post #95 of 134
Does anyone have a link of where to buy the non ferrite kimber usb cable?
post #96 of 134
Here is a link to the more expensive silver USB cable:
post #97 of 134
recentely getting into computer audio, and it sound really fantastic with a simple 10$ usb cable. but despite that,i still got myself a kimber usb cable,as i feel i owe it to my system.
for me, the solution for the cable "dillema" was always to get a decent (not the most expensive) cable,whatever it is digital or analog, just for peace of mind and knowing that my system gets a proper interconnecting.
it is too bad to let the interconnects be a bottleneck in a system.
post #98 of 134
All I know is, the claim people pose that because an ordinary cable can transfer files intact without corrupting them, that it can stream audio just as well. That's a crock of crap, they're not the same method of data transfer.
post #99 of 134
He was rude and utterly obnoxious but i miss him- oldblueyes i salute you.

I have so many USB cables I won't be buying any more for a while. I find them in the rubbish.
post #100 of 134
Mine has this inscription its body along with a certification sticker:

hi-speed USB Revision 2.0 Shielded 28AWG/2C + 24AWG/2C UL E305668 Type CM 75C CSA LL204790
post #101 of 134
Originally Posted by donunus View Post
Does anyone have a link of where to buy the non ferrite kimber usb cable?
I bought one a short while ago and it came with removable ferrites so you could take them off and put them on again to try it both ways. I purchased mine from Music Direct. I ended up preferring it with the ferrites on.

Edit: This was the regular Kimber USB cable, not the newer silver version which appears to not have ferrites at all.
The one I got with removable ferrites is here:
post #102 of 134


I bought myself a Kimber Kable USB and noticed the difference immediately and I don't consider my ears to be really good in noticing small differences in sound quality.
post #103 of 134
Originally Posted by scootermafia View Post
All I know is, the claim people pose that because an ordinary cable can transfer files intact without corrupting them, that it can stream audio just as well. That's a crock of crap, they're not the same method of data transfer.
True, however many people also claim that isochronous USB transfer (ie audio) is vulnerable to cable design because there is no error correction, unlike with data transfers used in external drives. However, isochronous does use CRC checks, although the specification does not guarantee that all packets sent can be checked on time. IIRC, one white paper I read said the typical bit loss in such applications is less than 1 in 10^10, basically irrelevant. It's also fairly trivial to test this in USB cables so I have to wonder why non of the audiophile cables don't just come out and say their cables have a bit error rate of 1 in X.
post #104 of 134
Originally Posted by Lapwing View Post
Anyone who actually believes a fancy USB cable will sound better than a cheapo needs to go back to school.
okay, I edited the red all caps shouting out. it was causing jitters on my screen. :-)

but joking apart: yes, there are upper limits in terms of physical properties. there often isn't as much improvement with higher expenditure. but nonetheless you do have to admit that there are shoddy cables, suffering from quality control issues or crimping or any number of other issues, so the fact is that many people have in fact experienced an improvement in going from free (or supercheap) cables, whether USB or power, to something that is put together well and to exacting standards.

please maintain a level of civil and rational discourse before turning on the all-shout fonts...
post #105 of 134
I understand that there may be some benefits to a $30 USB cable. $2800 USB cables are just insane though.
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