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post #16 of 115
I noticed a slight difference as well. Although not worth it to shell out big bucks for as everyone is saying. I have a Monster usb cable too I got for 10 bucks.
post #17 of 115
I did try this Monster cable. It totally outperforms a noname cable, even a Belkin Pro series found at 5$. Difference are immediately noticeable.

I personally use the Aqvox USB cable now, a nice step above the Monster, though law of disminushing returns apply.

If you want best bang for bucks, the Monster (25$) is a no brainer. I just don't understand why people keep defending there can be no difference with USB cables... Just pick the Monster and listen by yourself.
post #18 of 115
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Originally Posted by shamu144 View Post
I did try this Monster cable. It totally outperforms a noname cable, even a Belkin Pro series found at 5$. Difference are immediately noticeable.

I personally use the Aqvox USB cable now, a nice step above the Monster, though law of disminushing returns apply.

If you want best bang for bucks, the Monster (25$) is a no brainer. I just don't understand why people keep defending there can be no difference with USB cables... Just pick the Monster and listen by yourself.
Where did you get the Aqvox, and how much?
post #19 of 115
the point is Ayre QB-9 uses asynchronous unlike all those adaptive USB

for adaptive, yes cable Matter , but for asynchronous mode, does cable matter?
post #20 of 115
I've heard a big difference between USB cables in my system. I'm currently using the CryoParts Axis and I'm very happy.
post #21 of 115
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Originally Posted by shamu144 View Post
Difference are immediately noticeable.

I just don't understand why people keep defending there can be no difference with USB cables... J
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Originally Posted by santacore View Post
I've heard a big difference between USB cables in my system.
Can you guys be more specific about the 'difference'? I'm very curious.
post #22 of 115
Yes, yes and triple yes, It makes a big difference aesthetically speaking, would you rather have an industrial looking cable or a luxurious looking one?

Seriously, just spend a few dollars to get a nice generic cable, don't just choose the cheapest cable and you'll be okay. The data is error-checked and then re-clocked after being input in your DAC. So the main problem would just be reliability and appearance.

I'd say no more than 20 bucks for 3 feet.

PS: I never heard a difference myself when testing usb cables.
post #23 of 115
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Can you guys be more specific about the 'difference'? I'm very curious.
If you are so curious, why don't you just try it by yourself. All I am going to say will not convince you anyway

The Aqvox USB cable can be purchased directly from the manufacturer webpage.
post #24 of 115
Decent cables are cheap enough to splurge on recently.
post #25 of 115

USB Ridge Street Audio cable

Deciding on spending lots of money on cables really depends on the whole synergy of your equipment. It doesn't pay to spend a lot on a great source if the rest of the equipment is budget.
I have about $10,000 worth of equipment. When I purchased the Ridge Street Audio Alethius! USB cable I noticed a larger soundstage and many recordings which had noticeable distortion no longer had that distortion. Complex orchestral and choral passages became completely coherent where before they were muddy.
Ridge Street offers "sale" prices on Audiogon. Also they have a 45 day money back guarantee (less shipping) for you to try. Here's one for the poiema cable:
AudiogoN ForSale: Ridge Street Audio poiema r-v3 usb
post #26 of 115
If a USB cable meets the standard spec then it will perform the same as any other cable, period. USB 2.0 cables are 'faster' than USB 1.1 cables because they have a different minimum. A lot of the cables packed into devices like printers are USB 1.1 cables.
The issue however is with durability. a more durable cable will hold up to to that minimum spec longer and in tougher environments. Get the most durable cable you can.
Distance matter some what as well, but I doubt anyone runs USB at that kind of length.
post #27 of 115
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I'm not questioning your testimonial(what you hear is what you hear), but so much bs on the same page is quite amazing...all the "audiofool" vocabulary is here, the "40% Off regular price" to make you think that $300 a pop is the deal of the century...I can foresee great success for these products on computeridiophile.com
post #28 of 115

Sale price

I'm afraid that Ridge Street Audio is pretty bad at this. It's pretty transparent but I don't let it get in the way of my judgement. The cable's good and I actually bought it used (somebody selling to get a longer one).
Their major competition in the high end USB market is Locus Design with their Nucleus cable which has earned ecstatic reviews. Their prices are in the stratosphere but at least the list price is the actual sale price.
post #29 of 115
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Originally Posted by Sandwich View Post
If a USB cable meets the standard spec then it will perform the same as any other cable, period. USB 2.0 cables are 'faster' than USB 1.1 cables because they have a different minimum. A lot of the cables packed into devices like printers are USB 1.1 cables.
The issue however is with durability. a more durable cable will hold up to to that minimum spec longer and in tougher environments. Get the most durable cable you can.
Distance matter some what as well, but I doubt anyone runs USB at that kind of length.
Statements like these are best answered by "What cables have you tried and with what systems?". The theory behind it has already been said but in the real world there are differences. If you can't hear differences then more power to you.
post #30 of 115
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
Statements like these are best answered by "What cables have you tried and with what systems?". The theory behind it has already been said but in the real world there are differences. If you can't hear differences then more power to you.
Statements like this are best answered by "what actual empirical evidence(*) do you have to support the assertion that two USB cables that are not actually faulty i.e deliver the bitstream from source to target unaltered can in any way differently alter the sound that is embedded in the bitstream , for instance better bass, treble soundstage and so on".

Can you provide even one link to any controlled test or even some FR graphs , any, one , just one will do.
[*] Hint, "I heard a difference" is what is commonly called anecdote
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