The $695. USB Cable

By on September 29, 2013

The $695 USB Cable



Audiophiles are the most gullible group of people you’ll ever find, falling for any flowery language that alludes to “resolving the finest detail,” or “refining the transparency.” I’ve posted about the $500 wooden volume knob and the $8500 speaker cable before, but this one takes the cake.

The Absolute Sound recently posted a buyers guide on USB cables. Okay, that’s fair enough, except that these expensive digital interconnects are touted to improve your sound, which is a total crock of you know what. It’s digital and it’s USB! The one that comes with your hard drive will work just as well as long as it’s not defective.

For a good laugh, read the entire article. In the meantime, here’s a sample of the snake oil below.

Snake Oil USB Cable image

AudioQuest Diamond
0.75m, $549; 1.5m, $695
This über-expensive USB cable is simply revelatory in its combination of ease and refinement on one hand, and resolution and transparency on the other. Although capable of resolving the finest detail, Diamond USB has a relaxed quality that fosters deep musical involvement.



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