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USB interconnects by Lavricables
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Looking for the perfect connection between the music storage, a notebook with foobar2000, and my Devialet Expert 200, I opted for an USB cable, not for Devialet Air over Ethernet or Wi-Fi. In my setup this is the most reliable connection with the shortest response times for foobar2000 remote control using an Android tablet.
It turns out that the sound quality of an USB audio connection depends on the cable used, so I did a systematic comparison test. Available were a standard USB computer cable, an AQVox USB cable and an Ultimate Silver Dual USB Interconnect from Lavricables.com. All cables were compared only after a break in period of at least 100 hours as an audio USB connection. A difference by breaking in was only noticeable with the Lavricables Ultimate, but there very clearly.
The USB computer cable has always worked reliably, the sound was fine, no emphasis on a particular frequency range. However, there was no warmth compared to the AQVox, timing and localization of the instruments were not optimal.
The revelation for me is the Ultimate Silver Dual USB Interconnect from Lavricables: the space contained in high-quality recordings gains in size and contour, the precision of the performance is terrific! I discover micro-details that were previously hidden, there is no sharpness in sibilants, yet crystal clear and sparkling heights.
I have deliberately chosen this cable construction because here the data lines are shielded and kept separate from the power lines, but only 1 USB A plug is used. So I can additionally use an ifi iSilencer 3.0 at the output of the notebook, which I knew would improve the sound with cheap USB cables. In my setup the effect of the iSilencer with all USB cables was about the same, even the fantastic Ultimate Silver Dual USB Interconnect by Lavricables improves further. For me, this combination is by far the best connection for the feeding of my Devialet, and compared to well-known suppliers (Kimber KS2436, Audioquest Diamond, ...) at a VERY decent price!
1. HTPC + foobar2000 -> ifi iSilencer 3.0 -> Lavricables Ultimate Silver USB-Cable -> D200 -> Kimber Kable 12TC -> Magico S3 MkII - separate room optimized with absorbers and diffusors using audionet Carma
2. HTPC + foobar2000 -> Monster USB-Cable -> NAD C510 -> Lavricables Master Silver XLR Cables -> Stax SRM Monitor + SR Lambda Pro

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#2
I am glad you found a USB cable that works for you

I belong to an audio club and one of the members is a scientist involved in a huge radio telescope array being built in South Africa
It is his contention that it is all in the mind, and bits is bits

However, we have set up two comparisons using 1) a cheapie USB printer cable, 2) An Audioquest Carbon cable, 3) An Audioquest Forest cable, 4) A Lindy Premium Gold Cromo cable, 5) A Pexon USB cable someone bought in the UK for £16.00

The USB printer cable result was indifferent and the comment was similar to your comment above about computer cable
There was little difference between the others, but we decided that the Lindy Cromo cable (only 50cm long) offered the best bang for buck overall

In this country, it costs the equivalent of $30 for a 50cm cable and $40 for a 1m cable

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Cape Town - South Africa
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Early Christmas present from the UK this year is a Chord Shawline USB cable.

Swapping the Chord with the Audioquest Forest revealed a smoother mid-range, quite easily noticeable

Cape Town - South Africa
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