Nordost's New Top USB Cable
Because USB is susceptible to DC noise, Nordost has placed its two shielded power conductors on each edge of the cable, and its two shielded signal conductors in the center. "It's almost like two separate cables," Taylor said. (More than one company's USB cable actually divides the cable in two, while Nordost appears to have opted for a more compact and elegant configuration.) I am told that a USB 3.0 connector option is in the works, with no target date specified.
A brief pre-show listen at home in a hardly ideal set-upTidal streamed wirelessly to my computer, and then to the Dynaudio Focus 200 XD powered loudspeakers I reviewed for Stereophiledelivered so much more sparkle and color than the Heimdall 2 USB that it left me eager to give the cable a genuine audition once my show reports are complete and I get back to reviewing downloads and equipment. Hey, there's only so much listening you can do while preparing the house for your New Year's Day party.