Does it make sense to buy a $150 USB cable when your DAC sold for $300 in 2014

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by qguy, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. qguy

    qguy Super Member

    Messages:
    1,366
    Location:
    Manila, Philippines
    Does it make sense to buy a $150 USB cable when your DAC sold for $300 in 2014

    DAC is Musical Fidelity V90
    USB cable is Audioquest Carbon
    Amp is Rotel 1090
    Loudspeakers : Acarian Alon IV
    No Pre-amp
    Source is Laptop

    Another option is the Audioquest Cinnamon at $75
     

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  2. Condorsat

    Condorsat Audio Enthusiast

    Messages:
    4,719
    Location:
    Ohio
    Make sense? I usually buy what I want. If I don't like it .. return or sell it.
     
    olson_jr likes this.
  3. Hajidub

    Hajidub Chihuahua/Pug = Chug Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,618
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    USB is USB, there's no such thing as a high quality/boutique USB cable.
     
    Poultrygeist, RobRoy and drew_t like this.
  4. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Smart Ass Sponsor Subscriber

    Messages:
    30,414
    Location:
    San Francisco Peninsula
    Yes there is I see a bunch of them
     
  5. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Smart Ass Sponsor Subscriber

    Messages:
    30,414
    Location:
    San Francisco Peninsula
    For the OP I buy what I want to and is right for my system
     
    darkblue94 and Condorsat like this.
  6. olson_jr

    olson_jr Lossless, compared to what? Subscriber

    Messages:
    14,360
    Location:
    Pilgrim Hills Michigan
    I dicked around with Computer audio & USB quite a bit. Something I discovered was that going to a UpTone Audio USB Regen made much more of a difference than the various USB cables I tried. (Kimber, Audioquest, some hi $$ super dooper shielded thing, one that was designed to be noise free in automotive use, the standard Belden's etc.)

    It was actually pretty interesting, once I installed the USB Regen, I could not hear any difference in the various cables I used.

    I have since moved away from using a laptop and USB.

    BTW, Acarian Alon IV, cool speakers!

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019 at 9:27 AM
    Condorsat likes this.

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  7. Frank Sol

    Frank Sol Addicted Member

    Messages:
    8,286
    Location:
    SoCal
    Try it... you might like it

    Tripp Lite USB 2.0 with Ferrite Chokes (U023-006)
     
  8. Hajidub

    Hajidub Chihuahua/Pug = Chug Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,618
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Oh yes they exist, is an expensive one better than a standard cheapo, nope. I don't get into speaker or component cable debates, but USB is a different animal. Don't get me wrong, different USB protocols vary with results, but will a USB 3.1 expensive be any different than a $4 USB 3.1, no. Same thing with HDMI cables; it's been scientifically proven.
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
    Poultrygeist, Modlin, RTally and 2 others like this.
  9. PAGS

    PAGS AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,197
    Location:
    North of Philly
    My opinion: anything above midrange in price, say $20 - $50, will yield no sonic benefit (but might look cool and give you bragging rights). Bottom of the barrel stuff (like a cable from Walgreens or the carwash) can be unreliable.
     
  10. PAGS

    PAGS AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,197
    Location:
    North of Philly
    And above $30 may be overkill. To Hajidub’s point, paying a little more buys you reliability, more solid connections and maybe some RF shielding; not much else.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
  11. transmaster

    transmaster AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    8,571
    Location:
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
    invaderzim likes this.

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  12. ic-racer

    ic-racer Super Member

    Messages:
    1,151
    Location:
    USA
    For $300 it did not come with a cable?
     
  13. charles 1973

    charles 1973 Super Member

    Messages:
    3,094
    Only if you can get it for $10 - 20. The going rate for a perfectly functional USB cable for 99% of us.
     
    transmaster likes this.
  14. transmaster

    transmaster AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    8,571
    Location:
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
    The Anker USB cables are +/- $10 bucks. Anker also makes the very best Lightning cables for any price.
     
    charles 1973 likes this.
  15. qguy

    qguy Super Member

    Messages:
    1,366
    Location:
    Manila, Philippines
    I got it used, it did not come with any cables

     
  16. N8Nagel

    N8Nagel AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    6,912
    Location:
    Rockville, MD
    If it is a standard 1m or 2m USB 2.0 A-B cable, I usually grab a handful out of the recycling whenever the IT department at work has a cleanup.

    I'm not convinced that the digital domain is the place to be spending lots of money on cables in my system.
     
    cpt_paranoia and Hajidub like this.

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  17. Hajidub

    Hajidub Chihuahua/Pug = Chug Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,618
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Almost got caught up buying a super expensive SATA cable once, claimed my MSWord grammar would improve.
     
    cpt_paranoia and invaderzim like this.
  18. olson_jr

    olson_jr Lossless, compared to what? Subscriber

    Messages:
    14,360
    Location:
    Pilgrim Hills Michigan
    Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 10.34.32 AM.png
     
    Hajidub likes this.
  19. RobRoy

    RobRoy It's just stuff - but fun

    Messages:
    2,821
    Location:
    Central Kentucky
    I always buy the cheapest cables I can find. I will confess that I did have a cable that I use strictly for charging break. It didn't really break, but it charged REALLY slow. I didn't think that could happen but I tested it. Sure enough, though it did charge, it was at around 10% of the charging speed of other cables.

    BTW, the exception to my rule is speaker wire. There it is about gauge. I get 16 gauge zip cord, not 24 gauge. When it comes to speaker wire, it's all about gauge.
     
  20. Hyfi

    Hyfi Addicted Member

    Messages:
    5,915
    Location:
    Bucks County, PA
    I am a little skeptical with USB cables, but because I use all other quality cables, I dropped the $75 for the Cinnamon for my PC based system to feed the Fubar DAC.
     

Share This Page