USB Cables are the backbone to your digital connections, allowing signals to pass from one device to another and by improving the USB cable, the purer the signal will be from point A to B.
Nowadays where there are clusters of power cables and connections all around, digital signals can be susceptible to interference which will degrade the signal being received at point B.
There is however many USB cables made to carry signals less susceptible for various lengths and actually improve what will be seen or heard. Here is what we think you need to consider for that important upgrade :
High Performance, High Speed, type A-B A flexible cable with dual screens for the best RF pick-up protection. One twisted pair for data and one twisted pair for power, individual screens for minimal interference. Low capacitance and efficient noise rejection maintain signal integrity in the long run interconnects.
Supra Cables started in 1976 and have won an impressive number of awards all over the world, often in comparison with more expensive competitor cables. Supra cables philosophy is best described as plain and simple ‘No-Nonsense-Design.’ All products are manufactured from parts meeting the highest audible and measureable quality standards.
Starting from £27.00, the Supra USB is a great choice for anyone looking for a branded USB cable which is well-screened.
Ultraviolet 7 USB utilises the same advanced design as the Starlight 7® USB, but with less silver to save cost. The cable’s unique flat profile is only 3mm thick, for extreme flexibility and easy concealment. With higher precision and lower loss than conventional round USB cables, Ultraviolet™ also provides distinct improvements in sound quality and the ability to function well in lengths of up to 5 meters.
Wireworld USB audio cables utilise unique new designs that minimize jitter by providing sharper waveforms than the standard USB cable design. They provide the least jitter available at each price level, producing distinct improvements in tone quality, clarity, image focus, smoothness and dynamic range.
The Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 is an impressive must-have that will show you an unbelievable improvement over cheaper, equivalent or even some more expensive cables.
Audioquest USB cables utilise silver plating in their conductors which has a higher level of conductivity than copper and thank to their research, they have manufactured cables that make the most of the silver plating whether it be 0.5% or 10%. The Carbon range contains 5% Solid Silver-Plating.
Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications, like USB audio. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable
We recommend the Audioquest Carbon when connecting between high end digital equipment.
Honourable Mention : Atlas Element SC USB Cable
The Element SC cable uses Atlas’ proven technologies, tested materials, painstaking research, and thorough listening tests to deliver the finest performance the technology currently permits.
The solid core data conductors minimise the attenuation, energy dissipation and build up of low conductivity paths to deliver consistent performance across all cable lengths. Musically these issues often manifest themselves in distortion of harmonics and pitch which destroys the integrity of the recording and the delivery of an truly involving experience.
The Atlas Element SC fully utilises atlas’ solid core technology to offer the best performance available.