Anticable 3.1 Reference Series USB Cable Impressions
How to make my digital library sound more like music? This is what I’m working on.
A decent music server is not currently in the budget. So, I tweak this dedicated laptop to get closer to something like music. Fidelizer Pro 7 (Purist setting) is running along with Tidal and Roon server. I control the flow via the Roon Android app.
The Schiit Wyrd is planted firmly between the laptop and my Schiit Gungnir multibit (Gmb), so I require two usb cables. I’ve been living with Kimber Silver B .5m cable and a 1m Audioquest Carbon usb cable. There’s an Audioquest Jitterbug in there too. My Bottlehead SEX amp and Audioquest Nighthawks handle the rest. Ideally I want nothing between the source and dac, but the Wyrd provides a material lift to sound quality so it stays for now.
I use both Anticables rca connections and speaker wire, and really enjoy what they bring to my system. I thought I’d add the usb cable to the mix and hear what’s what.
A .5m 3.1 Reference Series usb cable is $180+ shipping. Not cheap, by my standards. I installed the Anticable between the Wyrd and Gmb, replacing the Kimber silver B bus usb cable.
The entire stage is decompressed, with more air, definition and dimension. Tone and timbre are not lost, and are actually given a boost. In fact, instruments and voices have more dimension – beautiful. Staging is more precise and solid, and the layering within stage depth is remarkable. The low end is more defined, tuneful and present.
To my surprise, all of this is balanced to my liking. No silver tongued high freqs lashing my ears and distracting me from the music. A significant improvement coming from the Kimber cable. And, though I don’t have it any longer, the sonic qualities of the Anticable bring to mind the YFS data only cable I had before I switched to the Gmb. Roughly twice the price. No remorse here – the Anticables usb performs as well as their other products.
Next up, I’ll do some listening without the Wyrd and Audioquest cable in line.