Whats up all?
I've been wanting to give a higher quality USB cable a spin since I got into Computer music. I picked up a Audioquest Forest just to get the ball rolling. for a 1.5m cable it's only 30 bucks. Ok not a waste of money even if it does nothing better over my Belkin 6ft 2.0 high speed cable.
I recently picked up the Pioneer ELite SC-68 with the built in USB DAC. I have a Macbook Pro running Channel D software with Itunes so I can play .Flac High Rez files. This is very cool as I feel this setup sounds as good and better then SACD or DVD Audio. This is something I have been looking for since the fall of the 2 formats.
I first listened to my Jen Chaplin cut at 192k "You haven't done Nothin" . This cut is fanatically Dynamic and super clear. The Belkin sounds amazing with what appears to be everything in tact. No clarity problems and I think the entire signal is getting there perfectly. I have no problems with the way this sounds and I'm not really thinking the cable is hindering anything.
Then I swapped out the Belkin for the Audioquest and things changed. First off sounds are happening in different places. The Stand up bass seemed to favor the left channel and now it seems more centered to right channel. I also noticed more squeaks in the fingering with the Audioquest on the fret board. Something that happens when you play a string instrument. Some may thing it's annoying , some look for it , I just except it happens as I play guitar and it happens a lot.
The Audioquest doesn't seem so far to add any additional clarity other then what I noticed on the fret board. I also don't have a lot of time invested listening to each and swapping back and forth. I seem to send up enjoying the music and then get back to the demo. No night and day here as with speaker cables or IC's in the analog world.
Now I'm not sure if the Audioquest is doing something right or wrong. I know for sure it's different. I'm not willing at this time to say it's better or worse as both cables have a uncanny ability to show off the High Rez cuts. I'm gonna play around with some 16/44.1 cuts and report back. I'm also waiting on Cardas and Audioquest to hit our store so I have others to compare to. I have no idea how or why a USB cable would make any difference unless said cables are not properly built. It's passing digital signal and needs to do that job correctly. One or both of these cables are not doing the job right.
Anyone have any experience comparing USB cables? This is my only experience so far.