Originally Posted by najibs
Originally Posted by gregzoll
It is just 1's & 0's that go through there, so it really does not matter which you used. Even at $20 you still paid too much for that Monster branded cable.
BS. If you have good equipment, cables DO make a difference.
They can make a difference in some ways. If they are shorter than the distance between the distance between the two pieces of equipment: No sound! ;-)
As much as you may have been lead to believe it's just 0's and 1's, it's not. A good USB cable makes a huge difference, as I found out. How can that be? Well, good audiophile USB cables have the power portion of the cable better shielded than the rest.
Noise on the power supply for the USB device could
make a difference if the USB device lacked the ability to reject that noise. Well-designed USB gear takes this into account.
For example, please check out this schematic of a typical USB device:
The portion the schematic of interest in this discussion is in the lower right hand corner and is composed of 3 large filter capacitors labelled C9, C10, C11 across the 5 volt power line that might be obtained from the USB cable. One of their purposes is to make any noise on the power supply line a moot point. Any USB device that lacks this sort of simple but effective refinement has a design deficiency.
I would sincerely hope that any USB cable would shield the signal wires equal or better than the power connection. IME even commodity USB cables shield all 4 conductors. In short someone appeaqrs to be trying to sell a overpriced product by misrepresenting the requirements, the working environment and the competitive products.
For toslink cables it also makes a difference, I've heard it.
Inadequacies in a Toslink cable being a digital connection usually takes the form of an audible difference - no signal at all. I've definitely experienced that!
Data transmission through a glass audiophile toslink transmits better than through a regular toslink that is a polymer and not glass fibers inside.
This can be true if your goal is to exceed the recommended maximum length of Toslink cables. Higher priced glass core Toslink cables can help in this case.
Reality is that for ordinary lengths of just a few meters, it doesn't matter.
But let's play your game:
Is this commodity glass fiber cable:
going to sound any better or worse than this one?
There is an approximate 7:1 difference in price!
Coax, same thing. It's all about the shielding and the quality of the connectors. There IS a sound difference between rhodium plated, gold plated, silver plated or copper connectors. It all makes a difference.
Actually, it most definitely does not produce better sound. Precious metal (very soft in the case of silver and gold) plating on coax connectors is in this day and age a consumer thing. Professional grade coax connectors as a rule are plated with hard metals (nickle, chrome) because they can take the wear and tear of repeated set ups and take downs. Of course that is moot for consumer cables which may be mated and unmated once or 5 times over their entire service life.
The key to making sense out of the claims and counter claims is fair, reliable listening tests. Sighted evaluations are very likely to give you the answers that you hope for, as opposed to scientific tests that may surprise and even educate you.