Whats up everyone?
I basically closed the book on USB cables after all my testing with the various cables I have had. But recently we got in the Audioquest Carbons which just simply called to me. I had to have one and give this book another chapter.
After listening to Cardos Clear USB and the Audioquest Forest , I came to the conclusion , this is as good as it gets and there is no room for Better. Once you achieve the goal of sonic perfection , there is nothing more one can do to improve sound quality as the cable is providing 100% of the signal and doing it's job to perfection.
Even knowing this and I have proved it to myself , I still had to give this another round , another try , another adventure as I think I may have a wire issue or obsession. Mybe I need help and need to lay on a couch and explain to someone what my issues are.
The Audioquest Carbon is the highest end cable to date I had in my system for USB. It's 5% silver conductors over Copper and whats unique is the ends are also Silver plated unlike the Cinnamon I skipped over in USB due to only 1.25% Silver plated copper and the ends are Gold plated copper. How much of a difference can that possibly make? Well lets talk about that.
With having 3 top notch USB cables , I was able to really get a firm grip on the mystery I call USB. With such precision and grace , all 3 cables seem to be sonically clear ( no Cardas Pun Intended). Does "Clear" fit the bill? I think so. Like my last listening test between the Cardas and the Forest , I really couldn't pick a "Clear" winner. Back and forth , with much time in between , I'm thinking sonic memory is playing a roll here as I tried my best to remember exactly what I heard before swapping them. What sucks is I can't do it fast like a true A B test. This I feel is the only flaw in my shootout here as I can't compare directly between the 2 cables other then remembering 30 seconds of a track that I know all so well. The Track I used here which I suggest all of you at least listen once is Jen Chapin " You haven't done nothing". This is amazing track that has the highest clarity and detail. Everything is spaced very well with accurate locations of each tone. I love this song as it's my new standard in testing. I still use all my older cuts , but this one I have taken to and have the ability to really judge a system , cable , speaker , room or what have you as I also use it in the field everyday. So to wrap up the shootout between the Cardas and Forest , no winner. They both play every single detail of the song and don't trip anywhere. This IMO holds a very high regard to Audioquest to be able to take a $35 dollar cable and compete with a over $100.00 cable. This to be speaks volumes. Doesn't take anything away from Cardas as it's beautifully built and uses very high end materials.
Now lets talk about my new cable. The Carbon. I want nothing else for it to just destroy all others and be the king of the hill with it's superior build quality , killer looking jacket , Silver content and be badass. With no Clear winner between the Cardas and Forest , I decided to focus on the Cardas as in price , it's much closer. No reason to compare a $35 dollar cable to cables well over $100 mark here. It proved itself as a unbelievable value and I can't see anyone even with the highest end system not enjoying this cable.
So back and forth I go trying to find the magic , trying to find that one note missing on the other 2 , digging deep into my soul and using every once of my being to prove once and for all the Carbon should be put on a Kings Throne of USB and stand alone from the Mountains. Back and forth again and I'm starting to get concerned. Can I hear anything?
After a good period of time I figured the cable needs more break in time , I can't tell the difference between the 2. Is my system high end enough to really judge this level of cables? I know for sure when you move up the ladder from what I own , there is much room of sonic perfection. Is the Forest quality the perfect match for my system and I need nothing higher end as I'm not finding the Sonic benefits of spending well over $100 more for the Carbon and not getting anything in return?
I'm not done yet , I'm gonna dig deep into my collection , there has to be a song I can hear something different. Maybe the Air pressure is all wrong , the weather has been strange lately as the temp shifts are over 20 deg day by day. Do I need to go get my hearing checked and make sure I'm not lost in translation? I have so many questions.
Pic's and round 2 coming up , Stay tuned .