In 1982 Sony gave us "Perfect sound forever,"� along with the attitude
that, "it's just digital, so all CD players sound the same."� That was
disproved and qualitative differences between players became accepted
truth. Next came separate transport and DAC combos, which brought with
it the attitude that "all S/PDIF digital audio cables sound the same"�"�
until that too became disproved. Now the frontier has moved once again.
Is digital audio really just ones and zeros? We don't believe so, and
once you've had a chance to listen to Forest USB, you won't think so
SOLID 0.5% SILVER CONDUCTORS:
Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce
jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very
high-frequency applications, like USB audio. These signals, being such a
high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the
conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance
is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer
to solid copper cable. This is an incredibly cost effective way of
manufacturing very high-quality USB cables.
Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an
imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all
absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as
distortion. Forest USB uses air-filled Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation
because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and
has a benign distortion profile. Thanks to all the air in Foamed-PE, it
causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials.
TERMINATIONS: Precision gold-plated plugs
are carefully attached with the very best solder. Through choice of flux
and metallurgy, AQ solder has been optimized to make a low-distortion
connection. The difference you hear between solders is a result of
connection quality. AQ solder does not have a high silver content
because the more silver there is in solder, the more difficult it is to
make a good connection.
SUPERSPEED USB 3.0: Specifies data-transfer rates up to 4.8Gbps vs. Hi-Speed USB 2.0's maximum signaling rate of 480Mbps.