Not a cable sympathizer or hater either way, just after small incremental benefits where ever possible
concerning my rig.
Could be a faulty cheapy and just bad manufacturing - one thing that I noticed was that the
Nordost came with plastic caps to be removed before installation, the square-B plastic cap did not fit
over the square end of the cheapy when I went to put it away.
This explains why I always thought the the DAC end connection felt a little loose, perhaps this
played a part in the clipping even though there was no movement?
What this proves is that perhaps, the cheapy (not so cheap, $20AUD infact) may in fact have
been incorrectly made. There is no question that the Nordost provides a more snug connection
at the DAC end.
Someone else is no doubt probably sitting out there in Head-Fi land with the exact same cable
and Arcam rDAC blissfully unaware.
So in summing up I have 3 x USB A to B cables,
The cheap USB cable that came with my UPS ~ this is not usable, it just clips all through
The still cheap $20AUD 4mm copper USB cable, occasional clipping, suspect poor manufacture
on the apparently undersized B square end.
Wish you guys were over here for an audition ~ it's clear as daylight, the sound stage may be
placebo but loud squawking in my ear from the other two cheapies is not.
Edited by Gwarmi - 10/23/11 at 5:09am