Audioquest Carbon USB/iPhone (LTNG) Cable
2011 The Absolute Sound Product Of The Year AwardsThis is the “go-to” entry-level USB cable, and at $159 for a 1.5 meter length is a no-brainer upgrade over generic USB wires. In side-by-side comparisons with stock USBs, Carbon offers smoother textures, greater dimensionality, wider dynamics, and a significant overall increase in listener involvement. Robert Harley (not reviewed)
For many applications, the speed of digital communication is important. Most visibly, "speed" is about transferring large files as quickly as possible, or carrying enough data for an HD video. For USB audio (and for HDMI audio) "speed" is critical not because of how-much how-fast, but because time relationships within a digital stream are critical to the reconstruction of the analog wave form that brings information, music and joy to our ears.
Time-based damage (jitter) to this information within the data package makes the sound small and flat instead of 3D; harsh and foggy instead of smooth and clear.
These low-jitter & low-distortion cables ensure clrity, warmth, maximum dynamics and a wide-open sound-stage.
Metal: solid 5% silver Dielectric: solid polyethylene Jacket: black/gray braid Solid 5.0% Silver-Plated LGC conductors eliminate inter-strand distortion and reduce jitter. HD Polyethylene composition optimized to ensure critical signal-pair geometry. State-of-the-art HDMI standard size connectors featuring Direct-Silver contacts. Fifth twisted-pair for Ethernet and to enable additional Audio Return Channel options. All signal conductors controlled for digital-audio direction. To for main signal, From for Audio Return Channel (audio from TV to AV receiver).