As far as I know, and logically can figure out, the cable merely needs to be able to accurately and consistently deliver data from one end to the other. But their are still some other things to think about. I understand that I don't need a great USB cable to do everything a great one can, but right now I'm planning and ordering parts for a desktop rig and I am in the market for a USB cable merely because all of mine have kinks and/or improperly maintained. I like thick USB cables so I know they can handle the throughput and in a situation like this I am going to end up with a USB cable thats brand new, just havent decided on one specific one yet.
If you dont understand what I'm trying to say, a USB cable is digital. Digital is digital is digital. But that doesnt mean you want to use a cable thats got kinks in it. It can potentially effect the consistency of the different signals in the USB cable from arriving at the proper time and be the same bits that were sent into it. If you're worried about cables, get something brand new so it's gonna perform at its best, gold plated tips isn't a bad call either. Anything more than that is unnecessary unless you truly can't stand using a "cheap" cable. Some people think they can hear something different with a different digital cable, let them spend money if they want, but it's gonna be a different situation/need for everyone. If you're willing to buy expensive cables, then you're probably willing to try cheap ones first as it's not exactly gonna break the bank to try them out.
Originally Posted by ScaryFatKidGT
Audio quest evergreen? $30-40
and digital cables don't make a difference