My local Sevenoaks dealer was stating the importance of a good (circa. £40) USB cable for my Arcam rDAC, for sound qality. What are your thoughts on this?
Straight to the bottom of the page, there having a Tin Bath.
IMHO save your money and buy a cheap one.
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The guy from the shop said he tried a £1000 USB cable and almost fell over because it sounded so much greater than other cables. Just thought I'd throw some EDITED into the mix with that statement! I hope I dont trigger Cyber-WW3.
He's in need of some extra commission for his Christmas shopping. A £1k USB cable? Baloney, no more, no less. And when it comes to cables, we've in the post-Apocalyptic stage here.
What I would suggest is you borrow the same cable from the dealer (if he's willing to do that) and try at home with your music and an environment you know. I suggest you start with the new cable and listen for a few hours, than switch back to the old one. It is an easy way to spot a difference. I am using now a 600 euro interconnect and I can assure you the difference in my system is really evident...
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The update didn't work then. Shockng that a magazine that pushes technology can't sort something as simple as a forum. Put down the mince pies and get it sorted.
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A basic USB cable will do the job perfectly well. Fwiw, i use a basic USB cable which i bought at the local market for £1 with a Chord Electronics QBD76 DAC (£4140).
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Plug and forget.
The guy from the shop said he tried a £1000 USB cable and almost fell over because it sounded so much greater than other cables.
USB cables carries a digital signal so as long as the cable makes reliable contact, there will be no difference in sound quality. A cheap and nasty cable may be more fragile and may break more easily, but if it does, it will simply not work.
£1000 USB cable lol; could get a decent gaming PC for that!
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usb cables can make a difference but it will depend on your system as to weather you will hear an audible difference, saying that a cheap £1 cable is not going to be as good as a well built £50 cable and anyone who says it will is quite frankly wrong,
i have tested several usb cables in different price catagories and the biggest audible difference was cables ranging from £1-£50, this is were i heard the biggest difference, i tried a belkin usb cable from poundland against a chord usb cable and immiediatly threw the £1 cable in the bin, utter rubbish.
saying that i have tested the same chord usb cable against a £400 tellurium q usb cable and although there was a very slight difference i wouldnt pay an additional £350 for it.
in conclusion i would say a well built usb cable is all you need, there is no need to pay mega bucks but on the same note i wouldnt scrimp and pay peanuts.
i know alot of people are set in there ways and will want scientific proof, to those people i would say just try it, if your happy with your 1 pound special from world of quid then good for you, but you wont be getting the best from your system.
here come the fireworks..... im off.
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The problem with cables is that people where conditioned to expect differences in the analogue domain. That expectation is being carried into the digital area. It may be for audio, but it is digital packages being carried. When did you last upgrade your hard drive cable because its carrying audio files. I have over the years found that computer cables work, or dont. They do not carry brighter colours in your pictures, turn your scribbles in word into a best seller, why should they have any effect on music files.
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