There is a MAJOR difference between USB cables. I previously used a Monster/HP usb cable I bought from Walmart that gave me excellent results. However, when compared to the Chinese audiophile usb cable that I bought in China for the same price as the Monster, the sound is so much more detailed, clearer, refined, and the bass is significantly tighter. The biggest difference was the BASS. The monster cable, although thicker, produced a bass that was loose and bloated. Also, the treble of the Monster was gritty. I kept switching back and forth, closed my eyes, and always could point out which cable was used. The Chinese audiophile usb cable is beter built with thick teflon sleeve and 6N purity copper is used. Same price as the Monster's and at least 3x better in sound.
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Source please? I've seen the HDMI arguments but I haven't come across the equivalent for USB yet.
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:rofl: what do you mean source? If the cable didn't pass through the correct information it wouldn't work. End of. We're not talking about analogue tv and grainy pictures here. You can buy a USB cable tester if you want. You can buy testers to see if the USB ports are working properly etc etc... How about you provide a source that scientifically proves that USB cables are different?
So 'scientifically and accurately' = 'just because', huh?
As in 'If the Earth wasn't flat, we'd all fall off. End of.', perhaps?
'And so on February 22nd 1966, at Luton airport...'
:rofl: God there's some daft people here.
Take a usb cable and say an external hard drive. Create an MD5 hash on the computer for a selected file. copy the file to the desired device. Create MD5 hash on desired device of the copied file. Compare. They will be the same. Change cable, and repeat. That's the source and evidence that the cables are passing through the same information. Jeeees, people get so defensive when you break their beliefs with a simple bit of evidence don't they?
Yes, there are different levels of USB (1, 2 and 3), but the data will still be the same. Please can you define the difference between an "audiophile" usb cable and one that isn't "audiophile"?
Chill your EDITED boots man, I'm not arguing with you, as I said I've read a number of the technical explanations for how HDMI works and they're very interesting, so I'd like to have a look at the equivalent articles for how USB works, out of technical interest, nothing more than that. I have no opinion on whether audio USB cables differ because I don't use them, so I'm taking no side in this debate. I'm looking for information, that's it, your comment implies that you've already read the sort of articles I'm looking for, so I was hoping you could give me a shortcut to them (it's too early to be googling...). I even said "please" ffs...
BTW, just using the word "scientifically" doesn't mean your argument is scientifically sound...
Apologies, it's sometimes hard to read people's intentions on messageboards. Shouldn't have splurted like that.
Either way, see my other blurted post on how to test USB cables yourself. You can get a port tester here http://www.passmark.com/products/usb2test.htm and also usb cable tester will tell you if the cable is connected properly. After that you can test if the data is passing through untouched. I'd personally say that covers any kind of scientific test as you can use controls and blind testing on them and the results will be the same.
Sorry everybody, bad day today.
I'm sorry I wasn't talking about USB 1,2 or 3 but talking about how transfer rate differs from cables....like I said the data will be the same but the transfer rate will not be. An audiophile usb cable will be one designed to carry an audio signal to a dac.
the usb level 1,2 and 3 does refer to the transfer rates though and USB does not carry audio, it carries data.
Do I have to say that? Or will some other incantation do?
No, you lost me when you started talking about making a hash of it.
And this happens in real-time, too, does it? Like when you're playing music, not doing something and then going back and comparing when it's finished doing what it's sposed to do?
Almost as defensive as they do when you dare to challenge their certainties, it seems.
Now can we please just share experiences.....
I believe some USB cables said to be 'audiophile' don't have the power connections, so they only carry data, the claim being that this reduces the potential for interference.
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