I am planning on building my very first desktop rig when I have enough dough. The headphones would be the lcd3's the dac would probably be a nad m51 or maybe schiit's new upcoming statement dac. I really want to bring out the best detail and clarity from the lcd3 with nice airy highs, I dont want any component in the chain to be holding back the potential of the lcd3's. I will probably be getting a silver cable from toxic cables in the future for the lcd3's. But is the usb cable really as important as the headphone cable?
Yes, the USB cable (synchronous) also provide unique sound signatures depending on what you get. Jitter affects timing and the resulting sound is different. The material (conductors) used in the cable affects timing as well in addition to other electrical noise that carry.
LCD3 is a nice headphone. What you want to try is compare the cables yourself. Try the generic USB cable and try out one of the mid grade part silver part copper conductor USB cable. If you don't like it, you can return it. The best way for you to try it as everyone has different ears and hearing capabilities... Don't limit yourself because others tell you there is no difference. They are not you. And yes, I am also experienced in USB cables for DAC's as well.
Edited by goodolcheez - 6/7/12 at 7:35am