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    Shunyata Omega USB



    We replaced a Wireworld Platinum 6 USB Cable today with the Shunyata Omega USB. Sooooo much more organic, smooth and relaxed. Perfectly balanced top to bottom.

    I would like to know the materials used (any silver?). This cable is set to be THE reference USB cable. Holy crap itís good.


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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    If the Omega Ethernet cable is anything to go by, I'm sure it's as amazing as you say.

    With respect to materials used, e.g. silver, I'm sure that the materials used (e.g. for the conductors) play a role, but likely not the whole story. For example, there are other USB cables that utilize silver, but don't do what the Omega USB cable does. So, it's not as simple as using silver in a USB cable. My thought is that it is the entirety of the design: the materials, the individual conductor and overall cable geometries, construction methodology, connectors, and trick Shunyata proprietary technologies, e.g. dual TAP modules, CMode filter functionality, as well as other functionalities, e.g. capabilities that reduce or attenuate clock phase noise and detrimental noise factors e.g. high-source impedance leakage current, all play a role to allow this cable to deliver in the manner it does. This cable is designed as system of functionalities and quality attributes; its not any "one thing" that provides the performance it delivers.

    You said it before, Mike, when referring to the all-Alpha v2 Shunyata loom, that 1+1+1=10, and I'm pretty sure a similar thing is going on here.

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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    Nice. But I'm curious how many people here use USB cables. I've never used them.
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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    I have my Aurender connected to my dCS Rossini with two digital cables, XLR and USB, normally I use XLR and with DSD files (>64) I use the USB connection.
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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    @Mike - how does it compare to their Sigma USB cable?
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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    hi mike, why no informayion in the website?
    how much is it?

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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    I donít believe there is a whole lot of information about it the Omega USB out yet. Iím checking on the MSRP.

    There is no doubt the Omega is a big step up over the Sigma, in every way. Now, the Alpha and Sigma are both used extensively throughout our store. In fact, they are the only USB cables we will use. No other comes close.

    The Omega USB builds on the attributes of the Alpha and Sigma. Itís as close to perfection as Iíve ever heard from any USB cable.


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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    <SNIP> Now, the Alpha and Sigma are both used extensively throughout our store. In fact, they are the only USB cables we will use. No other comes close.
    That's my experience from competitive benchmarking listening evaluations, as well. I used to use AQ Diamond, but the Alpha level completely smokes it....it's not even close, as you say.

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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    I can answer that. Even though I was mighty impressed with the Sigma v2 USB cable, the Omega is clearly better. I use the MSB Reference DAC with the Pro USB which utilizes a Pro ISL input. I also have the AES/EBU input with word clock connected, so I can go back and forth between inputs. I use the Sigma v2 AES/EBU digital cable for my other input.
    When I first heard the Omega USB I was shocked that there would be that big of a difference comparing with the Sigma v2. I heard more detail and information appear, when I felt none was missing. There were more noticeable micro dynamics that were visceral at low volume levels. Also, I was mesmerized by each song I played so much, that I lost track as to what I was doing. If this is what the Omega line is about, I want more.

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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    The Shunyata Omega Ethernet Cable (1.5 Meters) is $2,500 MSRP. I wouldnít expect a USB cable of the same length to be much more.

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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    That's my experience from competitive benchmarking listening evaluations, as well. I used to use AQ Diamond, but the Alpha level completely smokes it....it's not even close, as you say.
    Can you shed some light on how "competitive benchmarking listening evaluations" are conducted?
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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    Well I have both the Sigma Ethernet and Sigma USB cables. Which should I replace first for the biggest improvement?
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    Shunyata Omega USB

    Quote Originally Posted by johnthomas View Post
    Well I have both the Sigma Ethernet and Sigma USB cables. Which should I replace first for the biggest improvement?

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    Re: Shunyata Omega USB

    The Omega USB looks impressive.

    Regarding Omega Ethernet I would only add that if you are using an Ethernet cable as an AES/EBU carrier then you might want to prioritize that one.

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