What USB cord for PWDAC II


#1

I’m looking for advise on what USB cord works best with the PWDAC II. I have tried the mapleshade USB cord but it was somehow incompatible with the PWDAC it produced a clicking noise. I’ve heard another user say it didn’t work for him either with the PWDaC. I have mine connected via USB input from a 2013 iMac. Now I am using a ridge street audio alethias USB cord which was supposed to be pretty good back in the day. I was thinking of trying out the Audioquest diamond USB cord. Has anyone heard this with the PWDAC II?


#2

I had a diamond for trial and was good but ended up buying a Transparent Premium, it is by far the best and most analog sounding while still detailed and dynamic of all I tried. Price is similar I believe. You can take it another step and add an Emperical Audio Short Block USB Filter, the cable plugs into it and then into the PWD. It disables the 5 v lead but works with the PWD, a good addition for $200. http://www.empiricalaudio.com/products/short-block


#3

Thanks for the info. What other’s did you try? I was also looking at the Wireworld Platinum. I will give the short block filter a look thanks.


#4

Most recent was the $5 Belkin Gold, which is a great cheap cable, generics of course and one my dealer loaned me a yr ago but the brand escapes me now.


#5

The WyWires USB cable works great. Other ones I have tried are Wireworld Silver Starlight and Audioquest Coffee, but found the WyWires to be the most natural sounding, biggest soundstage, and lots of details.


#6

Which of the wywires did you like? The gold is pretty pricey. I’ve never heard of these cables but I see they offer a return policy. They even say that they require a phone consultation to make sure they believe their wires are right for your system.


#7

I also use a Wywires “silver” USB cable. It replaced a Wireworld silver starlight for me and is excellent. Alex is a class act and very good to work with. Basically he will ask you what is in your system and make a suggestion based on that. In my case, most of his “Blue” series were what he recommended. I happened to find a “silver” on a’gon for a good price and bought it. I am using his blue xlr ic’s and am very pleased. If I ever get some money again I plan on getting his speaker cables as well. He hasn’t steered me wrong yet, and he seems to be a straight shooter.


#8
Which of the wywires did you like? The gold is pretty pricey. I've never heard of these cables but I see they offer a return policy. They even say that they require a phone consultation to make sure they believe their wires are right for your system.


I am using the Silver series USB. The USB cable does not have a Blue series. Alex is a great person to deal with. He always answers his emails in a timely manner.

#9

Ejlif: let me know if you decide to go for the wireworld cable. My friend is a dealer of them and he lets me give 25% discount on new cables.


#10
Ejlif: let me know if you decide to go for the wireworld cable. My friend is a dealer of them and he lets me give 25% discount on new cables.

That sounds great I'll definitely check with you if I decide to go with the Wireworld