I believe you, I really do. Once the stay-at-home order is lifted I would really like to hear the Apple DAC at home, unfortunately I have a Pixel3, someone would have to bring over an iphone (anybody in Tucson?). I have a Tidal subscription, it would be real easy to temporarily install the Tidal app and listen to the same songs using both the iphone and my music server. I have no idea if there would be a difference, and any speculation would be just that, speculation. That's why we listen.
Originally Posted by m. zillch
The USB cable was free (it came with the ADC).
So if free USB cables and dirt cheap RCA cables sound perfect, why would we buy anything else? [The RCA wire has a lifetime warranty by the way and with proper use they last for decades.]
ooh, ooh, ooh - tangents, I love tangents.
I use the JMaxwell USB, http://www.jmaxwellusb.com/
it is the best sounding USB for my system. I used the Schiit USB (rebranded Staightwire) for years and the JMaxwell is clearly better. Once, when I was troubleshooting my music server I switched USB cables, when everything was working again the music still didn't sound right, it was flat with attenuated bass, then I remembered the Schiit was still in the loop, after replacing the USB with the JMaxwell the magic was back. That was a totally blind test and I passed.
Our Tucson audio group compared the Danacable TruStream USB to a Nobility USB, Supra USB, Schiit USB (rebranded Straightwire USB-Link), and a Curious Cable. Three different systems yielded three different preferences: I preferred the Straightwire, Ben liked the Curious Cable in his system, and Ken thinks the TruStream USB sounded the best at his house. This happened a year before the JMaxwell made it's appearance.
Jitter and error correction? Don't know, I'm not an engineer.
Let the fun begin...