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    Join Date: Nov 2017

    Location: Dutch now living in Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom

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    I'm Rob.

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    Hi Guys,

    I am just wondering what the best usb cable is to use, I had a Supra USB 2.0 Cable Type A To B this was the best buy from 2015, this cable has been destroyed by my Husky, I was wondering if there are people here with experience with different usb cables.
    I am streaming from my Macbook to my musical fidelity V90 dac, via Audirvana plus.

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    Join Date: May 2011

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    Hi Rob , welcome to AOS . I like this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Chord-Comp...cAAOSw2xRYkmJM
    Regards
    Brian

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    Join Date: Nov 2017

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    Hi Brian thanks for the tip, I saw that Jerry had a chord cable for sale 5 meters long. I actually wanted a shorter cable do you think there will be a quality loss in a longer cable?

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    Join Date: May 2011

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    Not up to 5m no .
    Regards
    Brian

    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment . (Rumi )


    Korus Computer Audio music server .
    DAC 3 French DAC
    Amplifier : Rega Brio R
    Speakers : Tannoy 637
    Interconnects : MS Audio / Klotz MC5000 .
    Speaker cables : Chord Epic Twin

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    Join Date: Feb 2011

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    Not to blow smoke up Brians arse but he builds the best usb cables ive heard.

    When he gets his finger out his chocolate ive two 5m on order.

    I run a gt2 furateck .

    Brians cables blow it into the weeds--my good lady kicked mine with the laptop across the room-fucked the usb port and cable.

    Helluva fiddly buggers to make apparently!!!

    Search for a usb cable thread by the Scottish boys a few years ago....the supra is not bad but can be improved on.

    I have an amazon shitter in my front room-does the bussiness but its pure pish to be honest!

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    Join Date: Nov 2017

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    Yes I had a supra 4 meter cable but the dog ran very anthousiastic through the room, laptop on the floor and the usn connector snapped off, so now I am a bit wiser with my other thread, I will go and look for a copper based one are there any people who have suggestions, I now can change music remotely so it doesn't have to be a long cable.

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    IMHO it's not just the cable but the isolation that matters too, albeit DAC dependant, the less noise into the DAC the better, I use one of these...

    https://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-iusb3-0/
    Cheers, Will

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    I actually like the Amazon Basics range of USB cables. They are well-built (better than the "Basics" badge suggests), properly specced, and best of all under a tenner. They're flawless with any data transmission that I've thrown at them, and the magic music fairies are happily uncorrupted too.

    I don't think the OP's DAC is galvanically isolated, so instead of messing with cables I'd try a USB isolating box instead if wanting to try something that could actually make a difference, but these are expensive for what you get, which then leads into second-hand DACs becoming a better upgrade route than cable & USB regenerator changes.
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    Join Date: Feb 2011

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    I had hoped the amazon basic v furateck would be undetectable....unfortunately not!

    Didnt take a full song for my good lady to insist it lives in the front room.

    I really do wish all digital cables sounded the same....they just dont unfortunately.

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    Join Date: Dec 2017

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    Hi Rob,
    I can trustfully recommend AudioQuest USB cables. I use Cinnamon in my entry level streaming system and the cable does make the difference. I compared it with stock cable and vd Hul Ultimate; Cinnamon presentation was more vivid to me. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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