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    Default Do USB cables make an audible difference?

    I have connected my media server directly to my Caiman II DAC with an A to B USB cable.
    It is just a bog standard cable.

    Will investing in a better cable make a difference, and if so what is a good cable at a sensible price point?
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    In my humble opinion... NO! If you can improve on ď0ís & 1ísĒ then so be it!

    Perhaps make them go faster (me thinks not), itís digital not analogue.

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    not noticed any obvious difference tbh but a nice cable often fits better and looks better too. that doesnt mean there are no differences just ive not noticed it.
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    'Digital' cables vary in their effect on the sound. I make digital interconnects that improve on the sound presented compared to maybe 90% of other digital cables and are better than any optical cable I've used. Mine are RCA Phono singles for use with CD transport/player and DAC. If anybody doesn't believe an improvement is possible, they can try one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    'Digital' cables vary in their effect on the sound. I make digital interconnects that improve on the sound presented compared to maybe 90% of other digital cables and are better than any optical cable I've used. Mine are RCA Phono singles for use with CD transport/player and DAC. If anybody doesn't believe an improvement is possible, they can try one!
    I donít doubt that statement but does this also pertain to USB cables?

    I only ask as I feel I have wasted a fair amount of money on Supra USB Cables (Although they are made to fairly high Quality). Sound-wise, not a jot of difference to the bog standard cheap cables.

    Unless of course... this old git is deaf!!!


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    i was referring to usb too
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    Will investing in a better cable make a difference, and if so what is a good cable at a sensible price point?
    Yes, I hear worthwhile improvement with my WireWorld Starlight USB cable.

    I didn't believe it would but a friend suggested (nagged) I try one and I was very surprised at the obvious improvement.
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    Buy the cheapest true 'USB Certified' cable you can find. Even most fancy USB cables aren't actually USB certified. Then you can be certain that it performs 100% to the USB specification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    I have connected my media server directly to my Caiman II DAC with an A to B USB cable.
    It is just a bog standard cable.

    Will investing in a better cable make a difference, and if so what is a good cable at a sensible price point?
    Cables of any type seem to spark the usual comments, suggest you try your own ears.

    I have a USB A to B Supra2 cable that I don't use, it's yours for the postage.

    Gary

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    Gary,

    A kind offer - one condition though. If it does not make a difference I can send it back to you?
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