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USB Cable Experiences Wanted...

 

Does anyone have any experiences of different USB cables they could share?

 

I have been using a standard printer between my MacBook and Leema Elements DAC. I recently bought a Chord SilverPlus to try and found signifiant differences.

 

I know there are many threads on this and other forums about how USB cables make no difference but I found the opposite. I thought the Chord sounded more refined than my printer cable which was appealing at first but I have swapped back today as I found the Chord robbed the music of a bit of life in my system.


I would like to find a cable that has more refinement than my printer cable but doesn’t rob the sound of life and spaciousness like the Chord had a tendency to do.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions based on personal experience (preferable costing no more than £60)?

 

(I really don't want this thread to turn into a debate over whether USB cables make a difference - just the different options available)

 

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http://www.whathifi.com/reviews/accessories/audio-interconnects-digital

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inbox4 wrote:

(I really don't want this thread to turn into a debate over whether USB cables make a difference - just the different options available)

 

 

 

Good luck with that! Smile

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if you want to check this out for yourself, borrow a Vertere D-Fi USB.....if you can find one.

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CnoEvil wrote:

if you want to check this out for yourself, borrow a Vertere D-Fi USB.....if you can find one.

I know where to find one.... but you'll have to pay for it. £92 to you sir! Smile

Loads of second hand expensive kit!

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Alears wrote:

CnoEvil wrote:

if you want to check this out for yourself, borrow a Vertere D-Fi USB.....if you can find one.

I know where to find one.... but you'll have to pay for it. £92 to you sir! Smile

That's too expensive.....they are £70 (expensive enough!) at the most....maybe less: http://www.kronosav.com/vertere-pulse-d-fi-usb-2-0-interconnect-cable-prices-reviews.html

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CnoEvil wrote:

Alears wrote:

CnoEvil wrote:

if you want to check this out for yourself, borrow a Vertere D-Fi USB.....if you can find one.

I know where to find one.... but you'll have to pay for it. £92 to you sir! Smile

That's too expensive.....they are £70 (expensive enough!) at the most....maybe less: http://www.kronosav.com/vertere-pulse-d-fi-usb-2-0-interconnect-cable-prices-reviews.html

You beat me to it Cnoevil I was about to correct my original post when I realised that I had asked them to quote me for a 1.5m cable. £70 it is, and I know of nowhere cheaper (they were the only distributor I could find).

Loads of second hand expensive kit!

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Alears wrote:

CnoEvil wrote:

Alears wrote:

CnoEvil wrote:

if you want to check this out for yourself, borrow a Vertere D-Fi USB.....if you can find one.

I know where to find one.... but you'll have to pay for it. £92 to you sir! Smile

That's too expensive.....they are £70 (expensive enough!) at the most....maybe less: http://www.kronosav.com/vertere-pulse-d-fi-usb-2-0-interconnect-cable-prices-reviews.html

You beat me to it Cnoevil I was about to correct my original post when I realised that I had asked them to quote me for a 1.5m cable. £70 it is, and I know of nowhere cheaper (they were the only distributor I could find).

Do I gather it's too expensive for you to give it a try?

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Make sure you do a blind test between your printer cable and any other USB cable you wish to try, as you could save yourself a significant amount of money.

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RE: USB Cable Experiences Wanted...

inbox4 wrote:

 

Does anyone have any experiences of different USB cables they could share?

 

I have been using a standard printer between my MacBook and Leema Elements DAC. I recently bought a Chord SilverPlus to try and found signifiant differences.

 

I know there are many threads on this and other forums about how USB cables make no difference but I found the opposite. I thought the Chord sounded more refined than my printer cable which was appealing at first but I have swapped back today as I found the Chord robbed the music of a bit of life in my system.


I would like to find a cable that has more refinement than my printer cable but doesn’t rob the sound of life and spaciousness like the Chord had a tendency to do.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions based on personal experience (preferable costing no more than £60)?

 

(I really don't want this thread to turn into a debate over whether USB cables make a difference - just the different options available)

 

USB cables MAY make a difference IF the DAC relies on the cable for its power supply and/or IF the DAC relies on the cable for its timing. Many DACs do either or both, and theoretically the quality of cable MAY make a difference to the final sound quality.

The leema elements DAC supports async USB and does not rely on timing information down the USB cable. The DAC also has its own power supply and isn't USB powered. Finally (and this is not common) the USB connection on the DAC has galvanic isolation, so there is no path for any stray ground noise from your PC to effect the DAC via the USB cable.

I have no idea if the DAC itself sounds any good, but Leema's design and handling of the USB interface seems top-notch.  Given this I can see absolutely no possible way a USB cable can make any difference to the sound quality.

Given this fact pattern, any change you perceive is not due to the cable.  As suggested above, get someone else to switch it and see if you can still tell the difference.   

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There is only one USB cable experience.

'nuff said.

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It looks that we are in the same camp abaut usb cables.I don't like chord cables sound signature. So furutech formula2 will not fit your taste too.While it seems adds extra bass weihgt at the same time adds ssssssss sounds in voices.I have an itch to make usb cable ,lets say use van damme digi grade cable , just don't find plugs where to buy. :?

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inbox4... try out the inexpensive Supra 2.0 USB cable...GBP29..it does give a little bit of life to the music especially rock music...not the most detail or refine though...

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Andyjims explanation is the best i've ever read on this forum and is line with what i have experienced after owning several dacs.  The important thing is the dacs USB implementation.  I love the sound of my beresford dac but its USB implementation is not the best in my opinion so i use optical on that dac.  I've even used a cheap usb to optical converter for about £20 and its great.  No galvanic isolation needed.

I also have an rpac which offers excellent timing and is very smooth (due to its asyn usb i believe) but im not so keen on the bass light sound and forward vocals (lifes never simple eh).  

Im hoping the rega dac will offer me what i want - a full bodied sound (more bass) with great timing (its next on my demo list).

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Rimse wrote:

It looks that we are in the same camp abaut usb cables.I don't like chord cables sound signature. So furutech formula2 will not fit your taste too.While it seems adds extra bass weihgt at the same time adds ssssssss sounds in voices.I have an itch to make usb cable ,lets say use van damme digi grade cable , just don't find plugs where to buy. :?

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/type-a-usb-connectors/7187218/

Good luck with that.

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RE: USB Cable Experiences Wanted...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I wll look into all the cables that have been recommended.

 

Has anyone had firsthand experience of the Vertere D-Fi USB or are recommendations based on What Hifi's glowing review?

 

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