This is a product that I’ve been anxiously waiting for. I first heard about the new Blue Heaven USB cable from Bjorn Bengtsson, Nordost’s International Sales Trainer when he was in NZ a few months ago. He reckons this cable makes a major difference to the sound of any USB component plugged into it, more so than messing around with codecs and even higher bitrate files in some cases.
As the Nordost press release puts it: “…the standard for USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 cables is rather more complex than the 75 and 110 Ohm digital leads we are more used to.
Their hybrid construction combines data and power conductors with multiple screens in a precision symmetrical array. Any geometrical or impedance deviation will materially effect data-integrity, making it a challenge that tests the ability of cable manufacturers to produce and consistently terminate cables that meet the standard sufficiently accurately for high-fidelity audio production.
The new Blue Heaven USB 2.0 data cable is precision wound from dimensionally optimized, silver-plated OFC solid-core conductors that employ Nordost’s proven micro mono-fi lament technology to ensure ultra high transmission speeds with superb geometrical accuracy. Metal-jacketed plugs ensure shielding continuity and to further guarantee quality control and consistency,
the cables are entirely manufactured and terminated in the USA, allowing us to control every aspect of production.
This cable sets new standards of audio performance – not by inventing some new, “magic” technique, but by applying the same tried and tested technology and absolute attention to detail that has made Nordost audio cables market leaders across the analog and digital domains.”
Yeah yeah yeah, I can hear it now – bits are bits are bits so the cable can make no possible difference right? Sure whatever. I’ve heard sonic differences in HDMI cables, so forgive me if I’m dead keen take a listen to one of these things. I’ve been knee deep in DACs for a while with more coming in soon, so the timing is good. I’ll hit up Tom at Orange Road Audio and see if I can get one along with a Moon 100D DAC.
The Blue Heaven USB will be available in NZ in 2-3 weeks (so early December) with a RRP starting at $430 for the 1m length.
More info at www.orangeroadaudio.com