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    Most quality off board DACs incorporate their own 5 volt power supply and in that sense do no need to draw power from the source.

    There is a breed of USB cables that are called data only (no power) and as such are more likely to give audiophile performance. Can anyone recommend any.

    Please note - if itís your opinion that cables make no difference, please donít corrupt this thread.
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    Yes you can buy these, try the bay. But an easy cheap mod is to put insulation tape over the pins on the usb lead at the source

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    I do know that USB cables can make a difference, though I've not compared any for audio. A long while back I used to transfer video from a PVR to my computers, and I had one cable which would do the job - but only if it was suspended above the floor by a few inches. This was repeatable. There may well be cables which would work without this extra precaution, but I never tested enough to know. So I do believe that USB cables may make a difference. Whether this is truly audible in cables used for audio purposes I can't say - it would depend on the source and the receiver, but I'd expect well screened cables to do better.Not having the power alongside the signal might make a difference, and as suggested, should not put a load on the source which could affect the signal.

    Good luck with your quest. I'd be interested to know what turns up.
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    These are quite spendy, but the separate power line seems to make all the difference https://curiouscables.com/products reviews here https://curiouscables.com/media-reviews



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    As you say - a bit pricey. Still, if it works for you ... $350 for 0.8 metres in the linked file. Might be Ozzy dollars, so cheaper, but sill a bit hefty.

    Could a DIY job get close to this?
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    I recently bought a silver USB cable from Gothic Audio which has split power and data.
    Only just installed so bit early to form an opinion.

    https://gothicaudio.com/collections/...b-interconnect
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    Got mine before they became famous from that auction site for 50 quid, but it's only the 0.3m link lead.

    Tried to DIY a USB A to micro B, damn near impossible for my skillset, waaaaaay too fiddly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by julesd68 View Post
    I recently bought a silver USB cable from Gothic Audio which has split power and data.
    Only just installed so bit early to form an opinion.

    https://gothicaudio.com/collections/...b-interconnect
    I'd love to hear comparisons of that cable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpy View Post
    Most quality off board DACs incorporate their own 5 volt power supply and in that sense do no need to draw power from the source.

    There is a breed of USB cables that are called data only (no power) and as such are more likely to give audiophile performance. Can anyone recommend any.

    Please note - if it’s your opinion that cables make no difference, please don’t corrupt this thread.
    It's not my opinion that cables make no difference, but why do you think you'd get audiophile performance from a data-only cable? DACs that use their own 5V supply will not connect to USB cable's power line, so there will be no current flow on the USB cable power line, so effectively the same thing as using a data-only cable.
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    USB Giving Audiophile performance! However thats only my view..

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