Nobody is saying your hearing is defective and you are certainly allowed to share your opinion.
I for one have not spent more than the cost of a interconnect on my USB cable. But when you get to hear several USB cables and hear changes, then as with analog cables you can be a believer or not. I am :) Unfortunately I cannot hear for you and am unable to demonstrate :)
Unfortunately, I cannot hear the difference between analog interconnects either. I cannot call you wrong because, again, I can't hear what you hear.
I will work my way through that article in the next little while (critical reading is tough for me), either way, I'm not sure I can offer any VALID opinion on that article.
edit: i'm going to make 2 initial points on that graph. 1) that article only applies to normal USB transfer, not sure if any of it applies to USB async 2) part of the reason Concero can compete with other DACs that are self-powered is because how the Concero filters the USB signal.
edit2: I've worked my way through the article.
1) the article was written in 2000, I wonder how many of those problems are still unresolved.
2) the author seems to favor firewire over USB (easier jitter management)
3) afaik the USB async was specifically design to combat those problems mention in the article.
*great site though, thanks for the link
edit3: did you even read the article, base on my reading of the material related to the graph, it basically said, if you screw up a whole bunch of things, that's what happens...
I am quite familiar with those videos. I discovered R-Labs after being introduced to those vids last year. I've watch those vids several times over and I was quite familiar with them. Nothing there indicates a cable makes any difference.
edit: I'm not comfortable with ad hominem attacks in a discussion
Edited by BoxerOrBag - 12/31/13 at 5:00am