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AudioQuest Carbon USB Data Cable: 0.75m


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  • SOLID 5% SILVER CONDUCTORS
  • FOAMED-POLYETHYLENE INSULATION
  • CARBON-BASED 3-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM (NDS)

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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  • Item model number: 65-089-12
  • ASIN: B0041EH0WW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Feb 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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SOLID 5% SILVER CONDUCTORS: 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, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. This is an incredibly cost effective way of manufacturing very high-quality USB cables. FOAMED-POLYETHYLENE INSULATION: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Carbon USB uses air-filled Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile. Thanks to all the air in Foamed-PE, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials. CARBON-BASED 3-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM (NDS): 100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment's ground reference requires AQ's Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent most RFI from reaching the equipment's ground plane. TERMINATIONS: Precision direct-silver plated pins are carefully attached with the very best solder. Through choice of flux and metallurgy, AQ solder has been optimized to make a low-distortion connection. The difference you hear between solders is a result of connection quality. AQ Solder does not have a high silver content because the more silver there is in solder, the more difficult it is to make a good connection.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAVE R on 11 July 2014
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After reading several reviews of some of the AudioQuest cable range i decided to buy one of these Carbon USB Cables for my desktop set up. Expensive , yes , but i can hear that it's made a difference and polished off an already good sounding system. I would say using one of these with other quality audio equipment will only enhance the listening experience more.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Illogical 1 Aug 2013
By C. Scheck - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned a computer networking business for 29 years. I understand that all USB cables transmit perfect data; if they didn't then printers wouldn't print correctly and external hard drives would have corrupt data. I get that.

I also get that replacing a cheepie USB cable with the AudioQuest Forest made a mind-numbing difference and then upgrading that to the Carbon from there was... well... try this: cheepie to Forest: lifting a towel off the front of my speakers and replacing it with a thin bedsheet. Replacing the Forest with the Carbon removed the bedsheet. Yes, it is that dramatic. Why? I have no #*&! idea.

The source is an i5-3470 based computer running jRiver 18 under Windows 7. The DAC is a Benchmark DAC1 HDR with is supposed to be immune from jitter.

There's an old line about 4 grades of audio systems:
Stage 1 systems start at $100 and you can hear the beat.
Stage 2 systems start at $1,000 and you can clearly hear the drums
Stage 3 systems start at $10,000 and you can hear the drummer fart
Stage 4 systems start at $100,000 and you can tell what he ate to cause it.

Going from a cheepie USB cable to the Carbon took me from a 3 to a 3.9 and I'm not joking.

If the rest of your system is up to it gamble the $150. If you don't hear the difference you're spending your money on the wrong component.

And I can't tell you why because it makes no sense. I get it.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
USB Cables Not All The Same 19 April 2013
By RC - Published on Amazon.com
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Inetersting and strange story here but true. So I bought a Wyred 4 Sound Dac2(great dac btw) . I stream a mix of hi-res flac, mp3's, and lossless wma music files from my pc(via usb) through the Dac and onto my pre/pro. I used the usb cable that came with the Dac and it played just fine (or so I thought). The music sounded fine and I noticed no problems while it was playing the song. However, I did have a problem when jumping from files that were of different resolutions(e.g. from a 44/16bit to a 192/24bit). Damn song would start out garbled and eventually would straighten out. Called tech support and they suggested that I had a bad usb port on the pc. WRONG! It was the USB Cable. Replaced it with one of these and bingo. Problem's gone and everything's perfect. Moral of the story: Always upgrade your cables. I do.....
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very nice cable 16 Mar 2014
By ken mckilip - Published on Amazon.com
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I would really like to be one of those folks who can't hear any difference when listening through different cables, but that has just not been my experience. I replaced my old audio quest cinnamon cable with this carbon and I was really surprised (and also disappointed) to find that it made such a big difference in my listening experience. I plugged this cable in and it sounded like I had removed a blanket from my speakers, the highs were clearer, mid range smooth and bass controlled and clean, with no smear or boom. My disappointment stems from the fact that one cable can have such a influence over my whole system, but it is true when it is said that your music system is only as good as your weakest link. So if you are a music geek like me, and you want to get the best out of your computer based music system. Use good cables, they are worth the investment.

my system: using jriver with mac mini - usb to vlink (for coax transfer) - arcam irdac - premaluna integrated amp - polk lsim703 speakers (all of my interconnects/speaker cables are clear view - good luck and good listening!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Well built USB cable 22 Aug 2013
By Daniel W. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite my skepticism that this cable would "sound better" than my cheap Belkin, it does. I know, flame me if you wish, but sometimes just delivering the 1's and 0's with a different conduit makes an appreciable difference.
Audiophile I am not, but what a difference! 18 Dec 2014
By E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, you are here for one reason like me. I bought everything on CD because downloaded MP3's quality is poor. Then I read that CD quality at 16 bit and a sample rate 44100Hz was limited by the premature release of the CD in the late 80's - What? I missed that one. 24bit versions either in SACD, DVD audio , BluRay or on-line lossless 24-bit FLAC HDtracks opened your ears to the way your music should sound. I have always loved listening to a old favorite on new headphones on a new system and hearing something you have never heard on a track. I am no audiophile and I question if I could actually hear the difference. Now with a PC front and center of my audio listing, I discover I need a DAC because the sound card full of noise and I started out with an $169 Audioengine D1 and good headphones using the included thick gold plated 2 foot USB. Then the I guess the audiophile bug bites and it's time to upgrade the DAC and include a headphone amplifier and I went with an OPPO HA-1 with HD650's; which I might add that the sound was unreal. I have been using the 24-bit version of Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice's The Pizza Tapes as one of my references. I almost went with the Cinnamon version because it was better than what I had, but based on the reviews here I upgraded to the 0.75 Carbon USB. With the carbon for whatever reason over all volume jumped up about 5dB. Now you can hear (I assume Jerry) breath on most tracks and every chair creak. On the shady grove track you can hear someone take a swig from a bottle which I never heard. If you are going with a DAC and good headphones or studio self powered speakers do yourself a favor and upgrade your USB. Also, make sure you use a USB that is on the back to avoid the internal PC wiring to the front USB ports.
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