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Chord Company has released its hand-built Epic USB cable, which uses shielded, silver-plated copper conductors terminated by UK-made ultra-low-resistance silver-plated copper Ohmic connectors. [Pictured above, click image to enlarge.]
Based in Wiltshire in Great Britain, Chord Company has been hand-building A/V cables since 1984. ‘Chord Company created the new Epic USB based on lessons its learned from its recently developed Signature Super Aray USB,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Chord Company cables in Australia, ‘so its sonic performance is, in fact, only fractionally behind that of the original Signature USB.’
In Australia, Epic USB cables are priced at $800 for a one metre length, and come with a lifetime warranty.… Read the full article
USB4 is a new standard of connectivity, which at the time of writing has just had its specification officially confirmed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the tech standards non-profit which is guardian and cheerleader of all things USB (Universal Serial Bus).
So what are the specs, how fast is USB4, what else does it do, and what will it really mean for you going forward? In this article, we’re going to cover all the essentials you need to know about this latest USB standard.… Read the full article
Take the USB signal from any source and completely regenerate it to an extremely high-precision signal into your DAC, allowing it to perform at its best.
The PhoenixUSB offers in one unit the equivalent of 3 separate components: A USB regenerator, a linear power supply and an external master clock with its own linear power supply.
Innuos applied 3 main design approaches learning from their experience with the Innuos flagship music server, the STATEMENT:
- The USB chip regenerating the signal contains no switching All 3 independent voltages to the chip originate from an independent linear power supply with further regulation provided by 3 sets of LT3045 regulators.
From Portugal, a two-fer about a three-fer.
Connect a USB DAC to an average computer and we hear one level of sound quality. Swap that Macbook, HP or Dell out for an Innuos server/streamer and we what we hear is different: music sounds less tense, less rigid in the joints; it displays a greater sense of ease.
Why? Apple and Dell don’t optimise their computers’ sound quality by lowering the USB sockets’ electrical noise emissions. Noise that messes with the connected DAC’s audio data clock and analogue output stage.… Read the full article
Two new updates were announced today from Schiit Audio, pushing both their original headphone amplifier – the Asgard – into its third generation and the mid-tier multi-bit Bifrost DAC into its second.
The first revision for the Asgard comes in the form of 350% more power (3.5W RMS into 32 ohms), a bigger power supply and promises of an overall lower noise floor. Also on the docket for the headphone amplifier is the option for a digital section, in turn making the little box a one stop audio solution for the computer-oriented desktop.… Read the full article
Schiit has announced the third-generation Asgard headphone amplifier, the product that kicked the Californian company into life in 2010. The Asgard 3 promises a bigger power supply and lower noise than its predecessor with 3.5W RMS spilling into 32 Ohms from its Continuity circuit — that’s 3.5x Asgard 2’s power output. Price: US$199. Warranty: 5 years.
Continuity? From the press release: “Continuity extends the benefits of Class A outside of the Class A bias region, addressing the problem of transconductance droop identified by Bob Cordell and John Broskie.… Read the full article
The iPhone 11 will finally ditch its 5W charger and come with a USB-C wall adapter in the box that will recharge its batteries faster, according to a new rumor.
It doesn’t seem like the phones themselves will ditch the dependable Lightning port – Apple will just ship the iPhone 11 with the 18W wall charger introduced with the latest iPad Pro along with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable.
While you could pick up a USB-C charger and use them with the iPhone XS or iPhone XR today, packing them in-box is exciting news for anyone who doesn’t want to spend more to charge their phones faster.… Read the full article
Digital is dicey
Looking at the totalDAC USB Gigafilter, you ask questions. Digital is supposed to be straightforward: ones and zeroes coded as “Hi” and “Lo” voltage signals, all marching forward in a straight line like kindergarteners to the bathroom. That’s pretty much it, right?
The complexities of vinyl playback, in contrast, are easy to understand. Move that cartridge in any direction, and you affect the way the tip of the stylus hits the grooves … Which in turn affects the sound.… Read the full article