- Feb 6, 2015
A cable can be designed to be a better conductor certainly however only when sensitive equipment and other factors are taken into consideration would any differences be noticeable.
Belkin usb cables usually fo a good job.
I think this is the issue. I mean some cables are better at conducting.
What the hi-fi world quote as the issue, is jitter. In fact I just noticed an article in HiFi Choice about just this. They describe how jitter and signal degradation causes loss in sound quality. However I am still not entirely convinced.
I think part of the issue is that they test equipment, with all adjoining equipment being high quality. I.E. they will use an awesome DAC, amp, and speakers, or headphones. They may well then hear differences. However many people with humble equipment won't have the definition to pick out changes between cables.
What irritates me more, is that it is unlikely that errors caused by jitter, will appear in the same places. Or it also means there must be quite a lot of jitter. If a single cable can make a system sound overall more dynamic and clearer, cheap cables must be absolute junk. Add to this that I bought a DAC which is asynchronous to reduce jitter. Now I feel lost in it all.
Anyway all that said I will have one more go at A-B this cable with a stock cable, this week.