I'm using a Wireworld silver starlight. Retails in your price range. And there's a 5m online for a good price. I don't use mine a bunch, but in the rare event I need to connect my Mac to DAC, I'm always impressed by the connection.
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You don't need to spend tons of money on USB cables for audio. The digital signal doesn't know whether or not it's been fed through a cheap cable or an expensive one. Ideas about "lowest possible inductance, capacitance, or impedance" are simply nonsense.
Want a perfect USB cable? So long as the power and data lines are properly segregated in the construction of the cable. That's it!
All you need is....
TRIPP LITE Usb 2.0 Hi-Speed a/B Cable With Ferrite Chokes (M/M) 3-Ft.
These two products together will ensure a clean signal.
Within a cable there is no such thing as a "digital signal." There is only an analog signal attempting to be a sequence of perfect square waves. So everything matters.
Like so many others here, I have heard considerable differences among USB cables though I do not use the the power line at all.
The USB cable and USB dongle I have used/recommended would get rid of noise in the square wave. You will never have perfect accuracy until you fit a DAC with a master clock anyway.
To gain some insight, read this: https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/is-usb-a-digital-signal.827488/
USB standards were established to be compatible with all devices that use a USB connection. Otherwise, USB 2.0 would never work for audio.
I’m interested in this question too the OP has posted. I’ve read the Lush is very nice too and I’m debating between the Audioquest Carbon and Shunyata Venom. I’ve heard great things about both, and have read a couple reviews that the Venom is even comparable to the AQ Diamond which is two steps up from the Carbon.
I have found that solid core cable is best for USB. As for solid core copper, or silver plated solid copper or solid silver, these are different flavors. Which tastes best will depend upon what electronics is at either end.
You don't have to spend enormous amounts of cash as very good solid core cables can be found at very reasonable prices.
I currently use Sablon Audio USB from my 432 Evo Aeon to Holo May KTE Dac with a remarkable difference over a few others I’ve tried .
First noticed with well recorded vocals there is a realistic timbre , a living presence with vocals that is astonishing where other USB cables , popular cables from Germany, USA and Australia bleached this astonishing level of timbre out of playback. I demonstrated this repeatedly to family members and a friend , everyone heard the difference's .
Currently I do not understand what’s going on , why the other cables so obviously bleached out this much more human sounding timbre.
If I kept one of the other USB cables and did not try the Sablon Audio I would never of known just how good my server is .
Because you’re curious, your level of personal curiousity will influence the increase in performance. Quantum mechanics at the level of electrons has been unfounded by the uncertainty principle. Therefore, incremental boosts in performance are possible.
Burn them in for about 2 hours using only this song:
Curiosity - Carly Rae Jepsen
To be honest though, the curious cables look like they were designed by the man in yellow hat; and built by Curious George himself.
There’s nothing that influenced the out come with what we heard , I’m mature enough not to fall for any preconceived expectations or any sort of juvenile notions , And certainty nothing was discussed prior to listening I simply asked what vocal sounds the most realistic.
Another point I like to make the cables were purchased randomly then simply listened to in the system ..The results were repeatable among family members whom could care less for this hobby and a audio friend whom appreciates a great recording.
Like I said I would of never known how good my server actually is if I stayed with either one of the other USB cables ..
There really is a huge difference in sound between cheap USB cables and really good USB cables. I like the Silver Sonic USB cables. I had a nice looking Chinese USB cable recommended for HiFi audio that I thought sounded really good until I borrowed a Silver Sonic USB cable and could not believe what a difference it made---way more bottom and much more air in the high end. It was a WOW moment and it only got better as it broke in.