USB cable suggestions

Drikus

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Looking to replace my current Light Harmonic LightSpeed USB 20G cable. Very good cable but needs to be recharged like every 2 days of normal use, forget it and it's dead. I'm looking at a Siltech Royal Signature Golden Universal II at the moment but suggestions in the $2-3000 area are welcome. Not interested in lower priced ones because I own plenty of those already.
 

Jambo

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Drikus,

A while back when I wanted a USB cable for my headphone amp/dac I came across user feedback that said Vertere HB usb was better than the crystal cable absolute dream usb. At 1/3 of the price. The article also said that the CAD usb cable was better than the Verter HB at ½ price.

The figures I‘m going to quote below are in Australian Dollars.

CAD I would have had to import from UK as there were no dealers in Australia – so I took the easy way out and bought the Vertere HB usb at around the $2,800 mark. I was pleased with it seem go dig deep extract quite a bit of detail, it seems to produce a high res sound and was quite musical. I used it for two years without any changes. Then recently they made a few tweaks to it – so I sent my cable to be upgraded to the latest revision. All good – seemed to be better than the old version.

I then decided to get the CAD2 USB (now in Mk2 design), this was around the $1700 mark, imported directly from UK. I put it in and let it run in, it seemed to be better than the Vertere HB USB – it gave a natural presentation and was a little fuller/deeper in the bass – so this is now my default usb cable.

Recently (only two weeks ago) a dealer asked me to try the Skogrand Grieg which is $3,000 – once bedded in I compared to my own CAD USB 2 cable. I felt that the CAD was a little better in some areas while the Grieg was better in a couple of others.

CAD2 US produces a little more transparent sound, possibly better in the bass and a little bigger sound stage (I’m using expensive headphones/headphone amp – so take my finding with a pinch of salt about the soundstage). A neutral tone. While the Skogrand Grieg produce a slightly more musical sound (for want for better words a little more analogue sound) and possibly with just a hint of warmth. But it’s not as transparent and not quite as full in the bass – but still an excellent usb cable.

And If you read other user feedback on this forum – looks like you also need to try Intona Ultimate USB cable.

So, my recommendation in the price range you are looking is to try some of these:

Vertere HB USB
https://vertereacoustics.com/product/digital-cable/pulse-hb-usb-digital-cable/

Computer Audio Design - CAD 2 USB
https://www.computeraudiodesign.com/cad-usb-cables/

Skogrand Grieg
https://www.skograndcables.com/skogrand-grieg

Intona Ultimate USB (it may not be quite on the web site)
https://pro.intona.eu/en/stories/cable
 
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marslo

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Looking to replace my current Light Harmonic LightSpeed USB 20G cable. Very good cable but needs to be recharged like every 2 days of normal use, forget it and it's dead. I'm looking at a Siltech Royal Signature Golden Universal II at the moment but suggestions in the $2-3000 area are welcome. Not interested in lower priced ones because I own plenty of those already.
I do not know the actual prices of Stavessence usb cables but in my stysem their Apricity usb cable was on the same level as Entreq Atlantis which is in your price bracket.

http://gpoint-audio.com/our-collection/stavessence/

PS The prices on their website are 2500 Euro net for each cable :

http://stavessence.audio/ordering/
 
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Drikus

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Got the Siltech Royal Signature Golden Universal II USB already in the meantime...
 

marslo

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Drikus

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No more battery packs or power supplies for me after my experience with the Light Harmonic LightSpeed USB 20G. It said on the Light Harmonic site that it had enough internal charge to last for hundreds of hours of normal use when charged. Mine lasted for just 2 days of normal use! Asked Larry Ho about this and he said that I should leave it connected to a 5v charger all the time, the 20G will use battery power and automatic charge via that charger when needed. That wasn't mentioned on the Light Harmonic site when I bought it but he said and I quote "I think we should improve our web page to explain", which he did by the looks of it. I did what he said, connected it but no use, no handshake anymore with my dac for some reason.
 

Drikus

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Nothing much to share because I made the move from a Mac to a dedicated network streamer like two weeks after I got hold of the Siltech but I got hooked from the first notes I heard in the short time it was in my system. Huge leap forward from my previous cable, a Light Harmonic LightSpeed USB 20G. I've replaced most of my cabling since then with various Siltech Royal Signature's cables, I was that impressed.

It's for sale if you're interested.
 

A1boon

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Hi Drikus,

I asked for your findings because I am looking for a digital interlink between my Aurender N10 and Nagra DAC.

I have tried several SPDIF cables (Shunyata, Echole, Acrolink) over the last couple of months; both RCA and AES/EBU. The Dutch Siltech importer will send me an AES/EBU Golden Eagle for evaluation in one of the coming weeks

I stayed away from the USB connection because it was less musical in my opinion, though on the other hand the benefits of an asynchronous connection are evident as well. Even though I am using a cheap generic USB cable at the moment, the precision and PRAT are evident.

A few days ago I asked the importer for his advice on the possibility of using the USB connection.

It comes down to finding an good balance between the qualities of the type of connection and the choice of cable.

It is good to know that your Siltech is available. Where are you based?

Kindest regards, A1
 

Drikus

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Belgium so shipping would be easy if you're from Holland. Got the Siltech from Bjorn at Beter Beeld & Geluid in Hilversum.
 

A1boon

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Yes, it should be easy enough. And thanks for the information. I will let you know how I proceed with Siltech.

Kindest regards,
A1
 

A1boon

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Hi Stereophonic,

The Looks and reviews are impressive indeed. What are your remarks about the Siltech Golden Eagle, and Did you have a chance to audition the Göbel before buying?
 

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