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need help upgrading USB cable

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by cb3874, Jan 18, 2012.
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  1. CB3874


    I feel like I'm about to kick a hornet's nest by asking this. Can someone suggest an USB cable upgrade for my Apogee Duet 2? I'm not concerned about how it sounds because that's subjective and there are a zillion posts here on how various USB cables sound that make your head spin. I'm just looking for something that will help eliminate or minimize noise / electric interference from my home and my iMac. Here's my current setup in order:


    Outlet > Ebtech Hum X Exterminator  > Monster Power Pro 1000 > 27” 2010 iMac > Apogee Duet 2 > KRK Rokit 5 (2nd Gen) / Shure SRH 440


    I’m using 2 Mogami Gold Balanced TRS ¼ cables connecting the speakers to my DAC.



  2. alphaphoenix
    I recommend Kimber Kable.  It's not terribly expensive, but performs very well.  There are cheaper alternatives, and I ordered from headroom:
  3. CB3874
  4. mhconley
  5. alphaphoenix
    ^Great recommendation on the Pangea.  Totally forgot about them.
  6. CB3874
    Thanks for all the suggestions!
  7. Tablix
    USB cable creating noise??? how??  Seriously I am really interested, as I can see no possible way for you to add noise to a digital signal, from a "noob" perspective.  If you send data down a cable, the same data is at the other end, no degrade, no interferance.  I could be completely wrong as I am not a tech expert but the usb cable cannot be subject to interferance like audio noise.  This leads me to believe its either source (crap in = crap out) or its bewteen the apogee and the speakers. 
    Is this why you said hornets nest??
    really if I am able to learn something I am open to others opinions.
  8. CB3874
  9. cifani090

    x2, i love there cables. I love the RCA's and speaker cable i have from them.
  10. branqazwsx
  11. J.Pocalypse
    It's all just 1's and 0's. Besides build quality, how much can a "high end" USB cable really help? One of the biggest bottles of snake oil in the chain, IMO..
  12. proton007
    What he said ^^ As long as a cable meets USB spec, its the same whether you buy a cheap or expensive cable.
  13. CB3874
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm not going to dispute what other people hear. I heard a difference. A cheap cable can pickup noise and the data could be mixed up with the power. I don't know and I'm not going to pretend I know. I've read other people posts on the matter and was intrigued. I was more concerned about minimizing noise than sound quality. I ordered the Audioquest Carbon USB cable to hear for myself. I was pleasantly surprised and did a A/B test with a couple of other people, one was salesperson at a HiFi shop. They all picked the Audioquest Carbon. The HiFi salesperson even said the Audioquest Carbon was better than the Transparent Audio Performance USB cable they had. I don't know what else to say. I was skeptical but I heard a difference. I would rather put the funds toward to headphones or a headphone amp, but the new cable was a worthy upgrade. 
  14. proton007
    See, its your ears, so whatever ups the enjoyment, and as long as you don't have any buyers remorse, its ok.
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