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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.
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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.
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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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    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.
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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    I enjoy using the Diamond. I also like the WW digital cables. To me they are making the best ones right now IMHO. It will be interesting to see what the next round of digital cables from AQ will bring us. I do feel that the Light Harmonic cable is better, but ti's a ton more and not that much better. I do like the AQ stuff.

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    Re: AQ Diamond USB

    I have used Diamond USB since 2014 and I'm sticking to it! That says it all!
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