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    AQ Diamond USB

    I've long been in the camp that *audio* cables make a difference. Yet skeptical about USB and Ethernet.

    Like many of us though I couldn't resist. And to some degree I'm also in the camp "everything has potential to make a difference / system synergy counts". So now I manage to have collected a few "high end" USB cables.

    Latest acquisition: AQ Diamond USB. Never been an AQ fan, having tried several of their top or close-to cables in other places of my system (digital, ICs, speaker) and quickly replaced them.

    Have to say though, I hear a surprisingly noticeable improvement with the Diamond USB. Maybe it's my imagination. I don't have the patience to blind test and I'd just as soon be blissful in my ignorance/placebo effect anyway.

    AQ Diamond impressions: everything sounds more relaxed and natural and less fatiguing. Soundstage seems to have gotten a bit deeper front to back. I'm hesitant to pull out these overused tropes but honestly for the first time in a while they seem to apply.
    Digital Front End Lumin U1 and L1 | PS Audio DirectStream w/ HiFi Tuning Supreme fuse
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    Speakers Amphion Argon 3s
    Power Ayre L-5xe conditioner | Zu, Shunyata and Transparent PCs
    Cables HiDiamond D8 speaker | HiDiamond Genesis interconnects | AQ Diamond and HiDiamond Reference USB | Revelation Audio Labs "Cat8+" and AQ Diamond Ethernet with Black Box Fiber Media Converters
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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    Nice to read this. I am trying out the Coffees USB. A friend loaned them to me. He wants the Diamonds, but he is trying to find a deal, used or demos.
    Audio Research LS17 SE, T+A DAC 8 DSD, T+A AMP 8, W4S Recovery, KEF R700, KEF R400b, KEF M500, Ayre Pono
    Oppo BDP-105, Technics ST-9030, MrSpeakers Ether, Richard Gray High Tension Power, Kimber Kable 12TC bi-wired
    AudioQuest Niagara 1000, AudioQuest Earth XLR, AudioQuest Anaconda XLR, AudioQuest Coffee USB x2
    Pangea, Wireworld, Gingko, PS Audio, W4S, AQ, Magnum Dynalab, Jim Smith, Roon, HQPlayer

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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Nice to read this. I am trying out the Coffees USB. A friend loaned them to me. He wants the Diamonds, but he is trying to find a deal, used or demos.
    I went from AQ Coffee to WW Platinum.


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    Power: PS Audio PS10, Bryston BIT15
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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    My friend did purchase the Diamonds and he says he likes them a lot. I am happy with the Coffee. Vastly better than the medium to lower level Wireworld that I was using.
    Audio Research LS17 SE, T+A DAC 8 DSD, T+A AMP 8, W4S Recovery, KEF R700, KEF R400b, KEF M500, Ayre Pono
    Oppo BDP-105, Technics ST-9030, MrSpeakers Ether, Richard Gray High Tension Power, Kimber Kable 12TC bi-wired
    AudioQuest Niagara 1000, AudioQuest Earth XLR, AudioQuest Anaconda XLR, AudioQuest Coffee USB x2
    Pangea, Wireworld, Gingko, PS Audio, W4S, AQ, Magnum Dynalab, Jim Smith, Roon, HQPlayer

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