USB cable for NPC?


#1

While waiting for my NPC to ship, I downloaded and read the manual (thanks for putting it up in advance, Paul). The manual says that the quality of the USB cable from NPC to computer makes a difference. I’d like to order one now, so it will be here ready to go when the NPC arrives – I don’t have anything around I can use. Any suggestions about what to order? I’ve never used a USB cable for audio before; it will be connected to a Windows machine (Win7, perhaps 8 later). Thanks – David


#2

Best value I have used is the Belkin Gold for $ 5-6, yes it’s quite good, my current, and better than the Audioquest Diamond I think, is the Transparent Premium, but expensive at $650 for 1 1/2 m if I remember right.


#3

Wireworld are very decent bang for buck. @rmkarman gets a 25% discount ont them, so I order through him. Silver starlight 7 USB is around $180 for 1m.


#4

Thanks for the UPS recommendations, guys. It also occurs to me that I should get a decent power cord. I imagine that one of PSA’s own cords would work well with the NPC. I haven’t tried any of them recently. Suggestions for which one would work well? The AC5? AC10?


#5

The AC12 is what I use, but then I get a deal on them :slight_smile:



This is a very important cable for this device, the differences clearly notable. An AC3, 5 or 12 would be great.


#6

Thanks, Paul–I will definitely find a good power cord. I am looking forward to the NPC and hope you and your employees are not affected too badly by the flooding. In upstate NY where I live we had bad floods a couple of years ago, so I know it’s tough.


#7

You might consider the Signal Cable MagicPower Digital Reference http://signalcable.com/digitalpowerHC.html or the Cullen Cable Crossover power cable. http://cullencable.com/index.php/products/power-cables/crossover-series Both seem to have good reports and sometimes inexpensive works extremely well. Both of those are still on my shopping list for future needs. I already have several Cullen Cables products and they all seem to be pretty good and still cheaper than most and much cheaper than many.



J.P.


#8
You might consider the Signal Cable MagicPower Digital Reference http://signalcable.com/digitalpowerHC.html or the Cullen Cable Crossover power cable. http://cullencable.com/index.php/products/power-cables/crossover-series Both seem to have good reports and sometimes inexpensive works extremely well. Both of those are still on my shopping list for future needs. I already have several Cullen Cables products and they all seem to be pretty good and still cheaper than most and much cheaper than many.

J.P.


How much is 'cheaper than most' ?

#9

The Cullen Cable Crossover power cable is $175 for 3ft. and $191 for 5ft.

The Signal Cable MagicPower Digital Reference power cable is $79 for 3ft. and $109 for 5ft.

Other lengths are available on the websites.



J.P.


#10

Yes that is cheaper. I like P.I. audio’s power cables, about $250 for 3 m.


#11

@wingsounds13: Thanks for the two recommendations. I had not heard of Signal Cable before, but will check them out along with Cullen.


#12

Stereophilus: thanks for the plug!!!

And yes, I can get any Wireworld Series 7 cable (incl USB) with a 25% discount.

The Starlight 7 USB cables are regarded to be one of the best and developed specifically for audio.