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Are there USB A to USB C audio cables?

Are there USB A to USB C audio cables? Everything I see on Amazon is for charging and data transfer. However, what I'm trying to do is to stream music from a PC to a DAC. Are there USB A to USB C cables for that? If so, would USB A 3.0 or 3.1 better than USB A 2.0 for streaming music?

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Sound Fury wrote:
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Everything I see on Amazon is for charging and data transfer. However, what I'm trying to do is to stream music from a PC to a DAC. Are there USB A to USB C cables for that? If so, would USB A 3.0 or 3.1 better than USB A 2.0 for streaming music?

And how is "data transfer" different from "music streaming"?

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manunkind wrote:
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Everything I see on Amazon is for charging and data transfer. However, what I'm trying to do is to stream music from a PC to a DAC. Are there USB A to USB C cables for that? If so, would USB A 3.0 or 3.1 better than USB A 2.0 for streaming music?

And how is "data transfer" different from "music streaming"?

I'm not sure. When reading product info and customer reviews, questions, and answers, it seems some data transfer cables can stream music, but others cannot.

Are you certain for sure that all data transfer USB cables can stream music? Maybe USB charging cables don't stream music, but USB data transfer cables do stream music?

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Sound Fury wrote:
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I'm not sure. When reading product info and customer reviews, questions, and answers, it seems some data transfer cables can stream music, but others cannot.

I have never heard of that. Where did you see it?

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Are you certain for sure that all data transfer USB cables can stream music? Maybe USB charging cables don't stream music, but USB data transfer cables do stream music?

It is possible that some cheap USB charging cables have only the +5V and Ground lines and the lack of signal lines prevents both data and music from being conveyed. OTOH, music is conveyed in the form of USB data so there is really no distinction between them.

You may find some who make distinction by saying that some data cables do not do music well but that is hard to justify.

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Digital music IS data

"Data" is a stream of ones and zeros. It can be music, video or just about any other type of information. There is no "music data" that can be only sent via "music usb cables". This is nothing but sheer foolishness.

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Digital music IS data

"Data" is a stream of ones and zeros. It can be music, video or just about any other type of information. There is no "music data" that can be only sent via "music usb cables". This is nothing but sheer foolishness.

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Thanks

Thanks for explaining, Kal and Manunkind. All my confusion came from Amazon, so I decided to ask about it all here.

So music is data, just like all data is data, and some charging cables might not carry data. I think that could make sense out of what I found on Amazon. Now I will look for Monoprice, Mediabridge, or other cables that carry data and that have USB A and USB C plugs.

One last question. I have some USB A 3 ports in my PC. Would it be better to use USB 3 for music rather than USB 2 or does the increase in speed not matter when the cables are used for streaming music, especially hi-res music? In other words, is USB 3 better than USB 2 for streaming hi-res music? Does the faster speed make a difference for streaming hi-res music?

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I doubt there's any

I doubt there's any difference between USB 3 and USB 2 for most music uses but you will only get 3.0 speeds if the attached device (DAC?) is also USB 3.

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USB

You can transfer some 40 or 50 at 24-bit/48kHz, at USB 2 bandwidth of 240Mbps simultaneously. USB 3 will offer no advantages for audio transfer.

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