There are many choices when building a great computer audio system, luckily Audioquest has taken the guesswork out of choosing a great USB cable with Carbon USB. The perfect synergy of value and performance, Carbon outperforms virtually every other USB cable on the market regardless of price and sounds better doing it. The secret is in Audioquest's unyielding commitment to quality. Every aspect of Carbon's construction from the type of connectors used to the direction of the conductors has been scrutinized, auditioned, revised and perfected to create a cable that offers world beating performance.
Carbon features 5% silver plated Long Grain Copper solid-core conductors. These heavily plated conductors are outstanding at conveying the subtlest detail, unraveling intricate and complex performances. Dynamic shading is outstanding, Carbon's ability to convey micro-dynamics fleshes out the performance allowing it to reveal those subtle changes in volume that make a performance seem more real. Carbon is a directional cable, AQ listens to every primary signal conductor used in Carbon to determine proper conductor orientation, this simple test yields a surprising improvement to sonic performance.
There are significant, audible differences between USB cables. We're not sure how this is possible, since USB is purported to be a purely digital interface, however, the sonic differences are repeatable and consistent from system to system. A better USB cable makes a better digital audio cable, period.
All Audioquest Indulgence series USB Cables are terminated by Wave Solder, a very high-precision soldering method originally developed for surface-mount applications in the computer industry. Wave Soldering is fast, efficient and has no human interaction, eliminating all conventional solder problems, creating a strong, reliable and electrically consistent connection. Wave Soldering is just one feature that makes Indulgence Series USB cables a far better choice than conventional USB Cables. Carbon USB cables are available terminated with the standard USB A-type to B-type connector, as well as A-type to 30-pin iPod or A-type to Mini USB.