What's the best USB audio cable for the money?
Nov 24, 2019 at 6:21 PM Post #378 of 521

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Why would my 1 meter Supra USB 2.0 cable be a few db louder than a Furutech Formula 2 USB 2.0 cable when switching these 2 cables back to back?

Have you actually measured this or it just sounds louder?
 
Nov 24, 2019 at 10:55 PM Post #380 of 521

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No just by my ears. After doing A/B 3-4 times with the same result, that is what I heard.:thinking:

USB cables DO have loss, and different cables could have different losses, so if the losses change the power going through the cable, even if just 1s and 0s, that may still affect the maximum amplitude of the signal when it is converted into analog.

Maybe.
 
Nov 28, 2019 at 12:56 AM Post #383 of 521

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I'm a firm believer in that everything matters. It's simple, really. And when you're an adventurer and you're on the quest for great sound, you gotta keep an open mind and willing to try new stuff, as well as experiment. Consider measurements + trust your ears.

I remember one time I found my friend placing a single tiny paper sticker on the front of his $20,000 phono cartridge. The small dot, even smaller than a penny looked to be simply paper with some glue on the back. After studying it I smiled.

There was an ample amount of science in why the $60,000 turntable sounded great, there were many documented ideas about why the $10,000 phono preamp sounded special.

Before he played a record we had to put them through the record cleaning machine. Next after the record was dropped onto the platter a special super heavy outer ring was employed to hold the outer edges down. Next a spindle clamp screwed down to secure the record. At this point an anti static brush was used to remove any remaining static electricity. Next our attention was focused on the digital speed RPM meter. Of course a power regeneration system guaranteed that smooth peak-free stable and clean power would not interfere with the rotation speed.

Still 33.3 rpm needed to be documented first. An hour before the equipment had been turned on. As the needle was slowly lowered into place I realized the small piece of sticker on the needle meant something as it was the final piece of equipment in the owners mind.

Did that sticker do anything?

It did. It was the final assurance that he did everything humanly possible to achieve the best sound. Was it silly? Maybe so......but not really when you took notice of every detail of form with function in the room.

If he thought the sticker meant something, it did mean something.

Did it do something? Yes!

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Dec 9, 2019 at 9:48 PM Post #385 of 521

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I just ran the cardas clear in my main system for some hours and took a listen. Absolute rubbish ! Highs are sibilant, the noise floor seems higher and just shouty overall. Switching back to the chord usb was a relief !
I'm curious about the Pangea Ag, it appears this cables is not in production anymore ?


Lol ! Yeh, Lardass cables are pretty crappy -from your remark I note it (Cardas) hasn't changed over the past 30+ years !

Perhaps the Cardas 'Clear' may be more accurately referred to as Lardass Crap/Creep? Oh, Cardas Smear !

pj
(P.S> sorry Cardas users)
 
Jan 8, 2020 at 7:18 AM Post #389 of 521

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The Cinnamon cable has more of a lively spiced tone, warm with a hint of heat, reminding of late-nite fireplaces and coco. Where the Forest has more of a botanical tone, airy and peaceful...like the woods. Carbon on the other hand is strong and bullet-proof like a bulletproof vest. Of course the Diamond is royalty in response, super clear and sparkling.

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