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The following cables are all supplied in USB Type A (the wide and flat type that is commonly found on most computers) to USB Type B (the squared off socket found on most DACs). Some cables are available in Type A to Type A, please see the individual product listings for more information.
Supra USB 2.0 cables
Just in are Supra’s new range of USB cables. The design has dual screens with individual screening between data and power twisted pairs, resulting in low capacitance and efficient noise rejection making them especially good for long runs. As soon as I’ve had a chance to listen to them I will add more detail.
Supra USB cable 0.7m: £27.00
Supra USB cable 1m: £29.00
Supra USB cable 2m: £36.00
Supra USB cable 3m: £43.00
Supra USB cable 4m: £50.00
Supra USB cable 5m: £57.00
Supra USB cable 8m: £78.00
Supra USB cable 10m: £92.00
Supra USB cable 12m: £106.00
Supra USB cable 15m: £127.00
Atlas Element SC USB
The Element SC is a new design from Atlas. Building upon the very popular Element the new SC lifts performance further by using solid core silver plated conductors in foamed polyethylene insulation. The reasoning is to reduce internal data reflections between each strand of each conductor, and allows for the exact measurement of each twisted pair, meaning that all data transmitted along the cable reaches the receiver at exactly the same time, reducing ‘jitter’ (noise) and increasing performance.
Atlas Element SC USB 1M: £44.00
Atlas Element SC USB 1.5M: £52.00
Atlas Element SC USB 2M: £60.00
Atlas Element SC USB 3M: £76.00
Atlas Element SC USB 5M: £108.00
Furutech Formula 2
The Furutech Formula 2 has a sound with good openness and clarity. Compared to the Chord Silverplus detailed above it is a little more forward in the midrange and a touch lighter in the bass, but this mid projection is likely to find favour in some systems and with it is an impressive ability to resolve fine details like the acoustics around instruments and voices. Spatially this cable is also extremely impressive too.
Furutech Formula 2 USB 0.6m cable: £45.00
Furutech Formula 2 USB 1.2m cable: £55.00
Furutech Formula 2 USB 1.8m cable: £65.00
Furutech Formula 2 USB 3.6m cable: £90.00
Furutech Formula 2 USB 5m cable: £110.00
Nordost Blue Heaven USB
The Nordost offers the biggest wow factor of any USB cable we’ve tried. Literally everything reproduced is cleaner, tighter, more dynamic and better resolved. The additional attack this cable resolves gives it an immediate and exciting sound that is really involving to listen to. From top to bottom it is very well balanced too, and the weight and scale of the low frequencies simply sound very natural.
This cable is made using the normal Nordost recipe of silver plated conductors and their micro mono filament construction. The cable is normally supplied and a Type A USB to a Type B USB, however it can also be ordered in Type A to Type A if desired.
We highly recommend this USB cable, whilst its not cheap we feel the performance it offers more than justifies the cost.
Nordost Blue Heaven USB 1m cable: £224.99
Nordost Blue Heaven USB 2m cable: £299.99
Nordost Blue Heaven USB 3m cable: £374.99
Nordost Blue Heaven USB 5m cable: £524.99
Nordost Blue Heaven USB 7m cable: £674.99
Chord Sarum USB
The Sarum USB is a very thick and somewhat inflexible cable whose price will undoubtedly (and understandably) polarise some peoples opinions before they’ve even auditioned it.
As befits its price it is a very refined performer, at first it appears a little darker sounding that some of the other cables here, and appears to lack the immediacy heard with cables like the Nordost Blue Heaven (or the Chord Silverplus), but the longer you listen the more you realise it is resolving a lot of extra information as well as demonstrating a wonderfully textured midband. There’s a pleasing reduction in hash and grain too, and these aspects add up to bode very well for extended listening when other cables could become tiring in comparison. The scale of soundstage is also very impressive, with instruments easier to place in all three dimensions.
Chord Sarum USB 1m cable: £750.00 (+£250 per extra metre required)