If you are looking for the best USB-cable and got to this page, I want to congratulate you, today you just got lucky!
This article is not the review-rating of USB-cables that you are used to on advertising pages. This is my story of finding the best sound among the leaders up to $300, who received the best reviews among buyers and the highest awards from well-known hi-fi publications! But I think the clear leader that you will learn about will beat and the leaders with a price of more than $300!
Surely you are now thinking and are very worried about the price of this leader, which I stopped at for my audio-system, because are used to seeing three-digit numbers in the price tag for a good sound... It's not like that at all! Exhale and hold on tight!
The USB-cable is the winner among five famous brands up to $300, costs $17 on Amazon! Guys, this is not a joke and not an erroneous test! Seriously! If you don't believe me, you as and me, can to make order on Amazon and test all! To confirm my past purchases, I added a screenshot proving the purchase of these cables, which were sent back in disgrace!
It all started with the fact that I purchased "Monoprice MM-5R" acoustics. This acoustics is not expensive, but it beat more expensive competitors like the "Triangle LN01A" ($850) and that's why I settled on it. Having made a small upgrade to dampen resonances, this acoustics quite satisfied me. By the way, before "Monoprice MM-5R" I tried "Dynaudio Xeo 2" ($1500) and sent it back... In general, I needed to transmit the signal as lossless as possible to the acoustics from the laptop, since the potential of acoustics was clearly not revealed through Bluetooth and it was clear that this acoustics was capable of more.
The first cable I purchased was "Monolith By Monoprice". The cable is very cheap ($12.29/1m/USB-A to USB-B), but some recommended it for sound and I decided to try it. At that moment, I didn't expect anything, but I was also just interested in the difference in sound between cable and Bluetooth.
"Monolith By Monoprice" turned out to be an ordinary cable, as well as cables worth $5-7. The sound is dirty and tedious, the bass is defective and in general, this is an ordinary cheap "shoelace" obviously intended not for audio, but for the printer.
In the end, I decided to try something more serious and ordered "AudioQuest Cinnamon" ($117.65/1.5m/Type-C to USB-B ). I have trusted AQ for a very long time and I have their power cables that have shown themselves very well. But "Cinnamon AQ" gave me something flat of sound and with a big dip in the center, although it had less noise. Of course I tried to warm up the cable, but after about 80 hours, nothing radically changed and i sent it back.
The next candidate was the Japanese "Oyaide NEO d + class A". "NEO d + Class A" is almost twice cheaper than "Cinnamon AQ" ($80.25/1m), but it turned out to be twice as good. And yet, also cropped basses, dirt in the sound and he didn't give me anything good. Also, as a result, after warming up for about 80 hours, the "shoelace" went back.
Then I decided to order from "Oyaide" their more expensive counterpart "Elec D" ($123.99/1m/USB-A to USB-B). I was impressed by this cable with its feed. He is very rhythmic and may even be overly aggressive in attack. The scene is deeper, there are more details compared to the previous leaders. But the sound with a reduced resolution, plays cheap, the bass also turned out to be cut and warming up did not help.
In general, upset, I sent back "Elec D" and ordered "DH Labs Mirage USB" ($240/1m/Type-C to USB-B) on the official website. Who does not know, "DH Labs Mirage USB" is a very much praised by audiophiles "shoelace" and a winner in various tests. Yes, the "Mirage USB" from "DH Labs" turned out to be better than the previous ones, but the sound is very boring or sluggish. But I take into account the price of $240, also went back in disgrace.
After all the unsuccessful attempts to find a good sound and having lost a lot of time and effort, I decided to try to make my "shoelace" without power from the pieces of cables that I had lying in the box. But for this I needed connectors and I ordered a meter-long "Viborg" cable that doesn't even have a beautiful name or it's noname.
Of course, I did not disassemble the cable without first listening to it... And by connecting "usb-shoelace" "Viborg", I heard a lot more that I hadn't heard before with more expensive cables. The sound is not compressed by anything, expressive, more accurate and honest, the entire frequency spectrum impresses with its detail.
But without warming up, the cable is a little choked at medium frequencies and colors high frequencies, sand is felt a little, there is a dip in the middle beat, so there is not enough rhythm or sounds like a smooth or sluggish rhythm, the sound is a little tightened. But I feel that after the warm-up it should go away.
Despite this, even after the first switch-on, looking back, I want to say about the more expensive cables that they are just junk and for a lot of money. With this cable, almost everything is in place and now I can listen to music normally, especially since the sound does not tire...
And so, after seven hours, transparency, lightness, good tonal balance, deeper basses appeared in the sound. Three-dimensionality and the effect of presence began to appear - the feeling that the sound is in front of you and you can touch it with your hands. The timbres are perfectly audible... Almost limitless stage, space!.. I listen to "Enya - May It Be" I am captured by emotions and I just fly away from the transfer of the atmosphere. In the composition "Anette Askvik - Liberty" from the second minute in the background now I hear very quietly playing of instruments. The composition "Enya - Only Time" now has a scene... And there are a lot of such improvements... Without a final warm-up, Viborg Noname went far from the competition! I'm just in shock...
Wait, but "Viborg" has a higher-class cable "Viborg UC01"! ... Of course, I will order him too, and I hope to supplement this article with an even more interesting player a little later!...