Interested in this cable myself.Anyone with any experience of this cable yet?
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Hi Northberg1... yeah, I'm very curious; thanks for picking up the discussion. Just carrying the Cardas name isn't enough these days. Cables are system dependent, and this is true for USB cables used as a part of a music server system. Computer and DAC are all a part of it. It takes time to burn a USB cable in and experience with other cables to evaluate. I just don't have the time or inclination right now to test this cable right now even though the dealer I spoke gives a 30 return/customer satisfaction privilege.
The only way a USB cable can make the music sound different is if it allows bits to be corrupted, i.e. cable doesn't meet spec. Serial transmission (serdes, 8b10b encoding)is a totally different world compared to S/PDIF. It's quite easy to see if a USB cable is "bad". Just connect a portable USB drive and copy files back and forth and verify the data is intact (checksums, zip file integrity, etc). If this type of data transmission allowed for bits to be flipped, we'd be having a real hard time posting here.
Jibbonacci... thanks for the revival! I'd be very interested in your reports,whatever your findings, on these cables. I have experience with the Poiema and the Alethias (which I think is quite impressive, and the Poiema is no slouch by any means), but none with the Cardas or the Transparent.
USB cabling does make a difference. It's just whether that difference is compatible with your system.
I have the Cardas Clear USB Cable between my Mac Mini and Ayre QB-9. I recently upgraded to the Audioquest Diamond USB at four times the cost. It had greater resolution and detail but added brightness to the midrange and treble and became fatiguing to listen to. So, I switched back to the Cardas Clear USB, which is smoother, more neutral and I feel more musical. Problem solved.