If you have a good working USB cable, a more expensive one won't improve anything. Belkin makes good USB cables. If you are afraid you have one that is not working properly, buy a couple of Monoprice USB cables and compare them all. The odds of all three not working properly is going to to be astronomical.
Yeah probably not and I know USB cables aren't going to improve the sound etc unless the old cable is REALLY bad or defective. I've actually had a USB cable die once. Didn't think that was possible.
I'm really questioning this Belkin cable. It's a 3 footer too. The USB hub was also a Belkin!
I really like to try things out for myself. I don't mind paying $30 for a better built USB cable with good shielding that will last for 10 years+
I bet with a fancy $30 cable my USB drive speeds will improve by at least 20MB/sec! Kidding...
I haven't really heard any difference between interconnect cables since I had the HRT MSII DAC but the one I just bought at Wal-Mart (GE brand) today is no good. Sounds like poop with the Asgard 2. Could be placebo or whatever. (FIXED: interference to USB from ethernet. Poor shielding on cable made it worse?)
I actually had to go out and buy a new cable with dual RCA jacks on both ends due to a new amp. Forgot about that. I usually buy cheap Mogami or Monoprice stuff. Whatever has good shielding.
Guess I won't need a new USB cable now. Found a really thick clear one where you can see all the metal shielding inside it. I really dislike USB. I think if I get the Bifrost it will be the version with optical connection only.
Why the heck is the Asgard 2 fixing faults with my setup! I didn't ask you to do that danggit!
Sometimes with the Asgard2 I'm getting all confused. Some music sounds really blurry/muffled with the Q701. My only idea is that the Asgard2/Modi combo is just more revealing of how bad each recording is. I don't know. The modded Q701 does this more often too. Bad recordings might even sound worse on the Asgard 2 compared to my Micro Amp. I don't mean harsh/bright recordings but ones that are just low bit-rate or not clear at all. Of course it still could be the Asgard 2 that is muffled, but I don't think so
Some ambient music sounds good but is just so muffled on nearly any setup.
Haha maybe the Asgard 2 is more transparent than we give it credit for.
Edited by tdockweiler - 9/21/13 at 9:55pm