i don't think i made a sock puppet host. actually i have been researching information for the past 3 days on USB cables. There are multiple factors that are accountable to a USB cable that sends data in pockets at a time to the DAC and can have errors due to not all the information being sent and received correctly therefore playing back distortion, lack of broadband freq or HF etc... ferrite beads, heavily insulated USB cables, poorly manufactured USB cables, the list can go on.
To say that a well made USB cable doesn't help the audio is a far cry. digital cables have a sound to it, information is information but the faster it takes to be received reduces jitter, improves performance and speed and ultimately unveils clearer sound.
there are many doubters and believers on this subject and i don't know why that is, perhaps it is a matter of science vs spiritualism. science bases its perception on facts and observation(graphs and charts) and spiritualism bases its perception on inner truth and enlightenment(high end materials and superior build quality).