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Cables & consistency

  • Tell the Average Jo/e not versed in the double trouble of electrical noise and jitter that you dropped US$350 on a USB cable and s/he’ll likely question your sanity. Audiophiles know what Jo/e does not: that not all USB connections are born equal.

    For this commentator, there’s no doubting the Curious USB cable’s audible superiority to vanilla wire – some of which doesn’t even meet the USB spec. The Curious also knocks out other audiophile-aimed offerings like AudioQuest’s Carbon. Old Yella lends music more pep, more detail and a better sense of space but without straying into the Carbon’s occasional brightness — a handful of reasons why the Curious has been my goto USB wire for the past three years.

    The review gig demands that I swap gear often. The interconnecting cables must, therefore, like the room itself, remain a known constant. For the past seven years, I’ve run AudioQuest’s Yukon interconnects between DACs and amps – the balanced version between preamps and actives – and their Rocket 88 between amps and passives.

    In addition to the Curious USB cable, AudioQuest forms the backbone of (almost) every hardware configuration put together here at the DarkoHaus; and given the ‘show n tell’ treatment here at the request of (some of) the 12,000+ audiophiles and Average Jo/es already subscribed to the Darko.Audio YouTube channel.

    Hang tight for the accidental surprise finding:

    Further information: AudioQuest | Curious

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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