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Offline seeyou

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Higher quality USB cables locally?
« on: January 27, 2017, 12:11:32 PM »
Where can one buy higher quality USB Type A to Type B cables locally? Preferably online.

Everyone seems to sell the same old random cobbled together USB Printer cable type efforts that I could thread a needle with.

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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 12:22:00 PM »
Chat to Judy on the forums. They have Wireworld cables which are well-priced and a welcome step up from the standard cables.

PS. expect a raging war to follow from the digital-cable-naysayer brigade  :popcorn:

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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 12:40:45 PM »
Sure if you can supply the connectors, gold/rodium plated,  Hi-Phibian can make you a good shielded/star quad cable?

Made myself a 1.2m cable with Canare L-4E6S star-quad.

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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 01:11:31 PM »
A standard Belkin cable works pretty good. Printer cables are actually good, if it doesn't work with a printer I wouldn't plug it into a USB DAC.

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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2017, 02:08:46 PM »
A standard Belkin cable works pretty good. Printer cables are actually good, if it doesn't work with a printer I wouldn't plug it into a USB DAC.
Disagree. Printers are one of the easiest connections since it uses the slowest speed. In fact a printer bogs down the whole bus, try using one on a USB hub together with other devices.

Not being a USB cable punter at all, but on poorly implemented USB interfaces different cables do behave differently. I have several cables that work fine on some devices, but on others they will drop enumeration and re-start where others work fine. That most likely points to very poor eye diagrams and poor impedance matching. How that relates to audio quality on an asynchronous interface while the link is active I'm less sure of, but hey, it's audio.



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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 02:50:45 PM »
Esquire sell a Digitech "silver" USB 2.0 cable, 5m long for R 49 + VAT.  Don't know how good it is though.  Its suspiciously cheap


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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2017, 03:38:49 PM »
im not the biggest cable believer in the whole wide world but i have purchased what seems to be a great USB cable because in theory it uses thicker cable inside and it should be better constructed than the standard stuff hence it should last longer



its a pro-link cable and it retailed for around R600 or thereabouts when i got it (could be fairly more now because of exchange rate differences from the time i  got it )



USB A connector - gold plated



USB B connector - gold plated



sales and marketing photos





the ferrite magnets can be either screwed on or alternatively removed if you dont want to use them - they do somewhat affect the sound so i left them off


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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2017, 04:25:39 PM »
Disagree. Printers are one of the easiest connections since it uses the slowest speed. In fact a printer bogs down the whole bus, try using one on a USB hub together with other devices.

Not being a USB cable punter at all, but on poorly implemented USB interfaces different cables do behave differently. I have several cables that work fine on some devices, but on others they will drop enumeration and re-start where others work fine. That most likely points to very poor eye diagrams and poor impedance matching. How that relates to audio quality on an asynchronous interface while the link is active I'm less sure of, but hey, it's audio.

It's not like audio is particularly bandwidth intensive either, but the buffering and flow control is quite important (due to asynchronous interface). There are some specialised audio USB cables that are so custom that they are out of spec for the USB protocol. Impedance is a good reason not to cheap out too much on a no-name brand USB cable. Some cheap cables are horribly out of spec here, but I'd not be surprised if boutique cable makers overlook this as well.

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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 04:39:08 PM »
Thanks guys. It was more for having a solid, rugged cable than achieving any difference in sound quality. Will look at the options presented.

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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2017, 05:57:29 PM »
Wireworld.
Brilliant cable.
Will also make a difference with the sound
Audioquest is crap
But you can get audioquest at
Ultrasound in four ways.

Audiotweak has some good cables as well.
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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2017, 08:23:17 AM »
The toroid around the cables at either end will help to minimise inductive interference.  AFAIK the USB cable that Audiotweak sell is 1 metre.  Remedytec have the Wirewound 2m for around R720

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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2017, 08:25:37 AM »
Ugreen USB on takealot, nicely constructed.

https://m.takealot.com/#product?id=51676310

None of them make any difference to the sound whatsoever.
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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2017, 08:30:18 AM »
Mantech's best USB cable, add VAT


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Re: Higher quality USB cables locally?
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2017, 08:31:09 AM »
Damn, R720 for 2m? Will my PC gain sentience when I plug it in? :giggle:

I was just looking for a sturdier cable, thanks guys :)