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AudioQuest Forest

USB cable (Type A to Type B) (1.5 meters/5 feet)

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Our take on the AudioQuest Forest

AudioQuest paid us a visit recently and let us check out their new line of USB cables. These cables definitely have a high-quality look and feel, but we wondered how noticeable any sonic improvements would be. The proof was in the listening. In a side-by-side comparison against a free-in-the-box USB cable, the AQ cable delivered greater bass extension, along with more bass and mid-bass detail. The soundstage opened up and vocals sounded more natural.

Designed by — and for — music lovers

AudioQuest paid us a visit recently and let us check out their new line of USB cables. These cables definitely have a high-quality look and feel, but we wondered how noticeable any sonic improvements would be. The proof was in the listening. In a side-by-side comparison against a free-in-the-box USB cable, the AQ cable delivered greater bass extension, along with more bass and mid-bass detail. The soundstage opened up and vocals sounded more natural.

AudioQuest Forest

A high-quality USB cable is a great way to connect your desktop or laptop computer to a high-end audio digital-to-analog converter. For USB audio, as with all digital audio signals, it's critical to maintain accurate timing. This cable can reduce the timing errors or "jitter" that often makes digital music sound less clear and rich and three-dimensional.

Paying attention to every detail

The Forest is AQ's lowest-priced USB cable, but it's made to AudioQuest's exacting standards. It's carefully engineered, made with top-notch materials, and tested through hours of listening. Triple shielding reduces external electronic noise and interference, while gold-plated connectors ensure solid, corrosion-free contact.

If you connect a Forest cable to your printer, will you see crisper text? Probably not. But if you enjoy listening to digital music files on a high-quality audio system, you'll be surprised at the difference AQ's USB cables can make.

Product Highlights:

  • USB cable (Type A to Type B)
  • for use with audio D/A converters, select computer speaker systems, external hard drives, and more
  • exceeds USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer specification
  • low-jitter design specifically for USB audio
  • solid Long Grain Copper conductors eliminate inter-strand distortion
  • polyethylene insulation
  • triple shielding (foil/mylar/braided copper) to reject interference
  • gold-plated connectors resist corrosion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 5' USB cable (with a USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)

AudioQuest Forest Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(28 Reviews)

AudioQuest Forest

Anonymous from Richmond, VA on 7/16/2017

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Delivers as promised.



AudioQuest Forest

Louis M. from Covington, LA on 7/11/2017

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Quality. Very happy with the AudioQuest brand.



AudioQuest Forest

Trevor from Round Hill, VA on 2/19/2017

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Out of every cable in my setup I believe this to be the most important. I conducted a blind listening test, and was able to tell when this cable was used every time. Other listeners could also clearly here an improvement in sound



upgrade for sure!

red from Fresh Meadows, NY on 1/9/2017

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makes my Schiit Mimby sound much better .replacing a cheap usb with aq Forest was a good move for me.

Pros: good build quality

Cons: none

AudioQuest Forest

Anonymous from Helena, MT on 11/3/2016

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It's a good product.



Wires make a difference

D.J. from Tampa, Fl on 5/7/2016

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Really do not have a comparison to other usb cables,but after using other types of Audio Quest cables i have noticed big differences in sound.So based on that i felt the extra money i spent was worth it for this usb cable.

Pros: Build quality is much better than other usb cables off the big box stores shelf.

Cons: None

Just what I needed...

PJR from Valley Stream, NY on 3/21/2016

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Perfect compliment for Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100...

Pros: None

Cons: None

Great, reasonabley priced USB cord that does exaclty what I need

ShawnHoke from new york, NY on 2/10/2016

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I was having major trouble finding a USB A/B cord locally and after a few frustrating days I ordered from Crutchfield to get exactly what I went. They shipped it quickly and I could stop scouring locally.

Pros: Works as promised, looks good

Cons: Maybe a bit pricey, but I've seen much worse.

AudioQuest Forest

Anonymous from Minnesota on 1/4/2016

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Great sounding cable to connect my MacBook pro with my Cambridge DAC. Highly recommended.



Great USB Cable

MRioux from Georgia on 12/10/2015

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I bought this cable to go with my Emotiva XDA-2 which is a high quality amp. The cable first off has great construction and when plugged into my macbook pro sends a nice clean signal to my amp. Does exactly what I was looking for.



Great product

Kurt from Michigan on 11/28/2015

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Great product.




Tony from Belton Texas on 6/2/2015

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Great quality and nice style

Pros: Construction and functionality

Cons: None

Good Cables

Dunamis from Hawaii on 1/20/2015

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Simply the best cables you can buy. Expensive, but worth the price if you want the best sight and sound from your equipment...

Pros: Quality...

Cons: None

solid cable

audio guru from cedar Rapids iowa on 12/25/2014

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Good cable. A generic cable was 20 at a local retail store so for a little extra you get audioquest. I own really expensive cables like the king cobra and don't think they are worth the extra money. But I had to try them to find out. This will give you the performance you need. You won't notice the Extra money in sound if you spend 200 more dollars.

Pros: Good cable Sturdy construction

Cons: Still a good price

A solid USB connector

Lee M from Rye Brook, NY on 9/19/2014

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Very nice quality construction. Seems to help sound quality. I use it to connect my Imac and DAC. While some people may argue against the benefit of high-end connectors in helping sound quality, I personally find that crucial connections do display a benefit. At the very least, this cord will not fray or oxidize for many, many years.

Pros: Top-quality construction.

Cons: Price (vs. common connectors).

Immediate improvement

JayG from Alexandria, VA on 4/7/2014

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I bought this cable to replace the one that came with my Audioengine D1 DAC. I have it connected from the DAC to my laptop. I noticed an immediate improvement in clarity and bass with this cable. The improvements are more pronounced the higher the quality of music file I'm listening too.

Pros: Improved clarity and bass in comparison to the standard cables.

Cons: None

Cable USB

Eliseo from Puerto Rico on 3/20/2014

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Es el primer cable usb que compro para audio, lo estoy usando con un DAC en mi computadora. Muy buena calidad en su construcción y elegante suena muy bien. El precio me siento comodo pagando lo que vale pero no mas de eso. This is the first USB cable I have bought for audio; I am using it with the DAC in my computer. The quality of the construction is very good and elegant and it sounds really good. I feel very comfortable paying what it's worth but no more than that.

Pros: Calidad en su construcción. The quality of the construction

Cons: Ninguna None

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Defies Physics...

KN from Rochester, NY on 3/10/2014

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This cable delivers sound so pristine, it defies physics. Just like the other reviews say, there really shouldn't be any theoretical difference between this cable and a regular store-bought "cheapie"...but there is! I can't explain it, but it's there. The highs, mids, and lows are SOOOO much more defined in space. I am running this cable with my Def Tech Incline speakers, and just to test it out for myself, I compared this cable with the stock cable that came with the speakers...playing the same song. The difference is Night and Day! I would highly recommend this I said, I don't know how to explain it, but the difference is audibly clear.

Pros: - Impeccable separation between highs, mids, and lows - Solid, snug connectors

Cons: - None so far!

USB upgrade

jason from south portland maine on 3/2/2014

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The audioquest usb cable has greatly improved my connection between PC and DAC, providing yet another layer to tonal response and listening enjoyment. Good quality cables do make a lot of difference and should not be overlooked as you build upon your system. As always Crutchfield is my place for all of my audio and visual needs.

Pros: Great packaging, quality components.

Cons: None

AudioQuest Forest

DaveN from Prior Lake on 2/18/2014

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Using the USB-A to USB-B cable. Works well with Peachtree Audio X-1. A good quality cable. A good cable will have no sound of it's own. We are talking digital here.

Pros: Does a good job in my application.

Cons: None to date

very good quality, great price

MZH from Maryland on 12/6/2013

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very good!



AudioQuest Forest

Anonymous from 53719 on 10/6/2013

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As advertised. Great product



Audioquest Forest USB cable

Gary from Troy, NY on 9/15/2013

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Nicely made cable. Definately an upgrade in sound from a generic cable. Bass is tight, midrange and highs are open and present a nice soundstage.

Pros: Warm sound, clear vocals, good soundstage.


Good Quality Cable, But Don't Expect Magic

Dave Z from Rockland County, NY on 9/11/2013

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As is my experience and expectation with any digital cable, I hear absolutely no difference in sound between this cable and any half-decent USB cable. That being said, I bought this cable for the shorter length and better build quality for a neater installation and -- just perhaps -- a little protection against very unlikely interference or other glitches. Considering the cost of my system, I don't mind spending a few dollars more.

Pros: Solid, well-built, and attractive

Cons: A bit pricey for a cable that, technically and in my experience, should make no difference in sound quality

AudioQuest Forest USB

G-S from Knoxville, Tennessee on 7/20/2013

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Extremely well made, fits snugly into my audio interface and does what's its supposed to do. Don't necessarily notice better quality in my audio, however audio remains crystal clear and I have had no dropouts.

Pros: Very well made, sleek in appearance, fits snugly

Cons: A bit on the expensive side for a USB cable.

Perfect for the price

Flint from Elgin,Il on 2/24/2013

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Perfect USB audio cable for the price. Connectors are of high quality. Neutral sound. Only wish the cable was cloth covered.

Pros: Nice price. Good quality connectors.

Cons: Cheesy cable covering.

Great Quality and Reliable Performance

Larry from Atlanta, GA on 2/8/2013

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I used this cable to connect Musical Fidelity V-DAC II (24/96 through USB) to MacBook Pro. The cable has good fit and seems to be of a good quality. V-DAC II performs exceptionally well with this cable. Making sure that performance of digital audio stream over USB is reliable and happens without any losses is critical for achieving excellent performance of a connected DAC so that was my motivation and reasoning behind installing this cable. For the record, my upgrade included not only this AudioQuest USB cable but also AudioQuest RCA cable and Musical Fidelity V-PSU II so the effect was cumulative and probably mostly due to upgraded AudioQuest RCA cable and V-PSU II. After installing AudioQuest RCA/USB cables and V-PSU II I turned on my system and tried to listen to Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here" through Beyerdynamics DT990/600 Ohm headphones. In short, I was shocked to the point I did not recognize my system! Sound became so sharp, detailed, and crystal clear with very strong and accurate bass that I felt like I was listening to completely different DAC and headphone amplifier! Few times I heard sound passages, loud and clear, that I never heard before - on recording that I listened to like 1000+ times. Great product!

Pros: Good quality and fit. Excellent performance of connected Musical Fidelity V-DAC II.

Cons: None

High-quality USB cables count!

Jud the Prof from Pasadena, CA on 2/11/2012

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More and more hi-def audio comes via the USB port on one's PC (and less and less via S/PDIF coax links). USB ports on WinXP/Vista/7 computers are restricted to 96k samples @ 24-bits tops, but can be pushed by the drivers in hi-end DACs to 192k/32. At high sample rates and high bitdepths ordinary USB cables designed to link peripherals such as printers and cameras to one's computer *fail* in audio applications, and fail too at the Philips Redbook CD standard of a mere 44.1k at 16 bits. Audioquest's Forest USB cable is the cheapest next step up, and **audible** even on a modest desktop audio system, e.g., mine which consists of a PC laptop running JRiver Media Center, a Music Streamer II DAC, and a sub-satellite Cambridge Soundworks speaker system. My DAC gets its power from the PC, so the Audioquest cable helps there as well providing a better pathway for the 5 volts DC that runs my outboard "sound card." You should buy this cable.

Pros: Great price. Nice appearance. Good performance.

Cons: Makes you wish you could afford the Audioquest Diamond USB Cable!


Hands-on research

Product Research


USB Connectors: The Audioquest Forest USB cable features gold-plated USB connectors for maximum signal transfer. The Audioquest Forest USB cable has a USB type-A connector on one end and a USB type-B connector on the other end.

LGC (Long-Grain Copper) Conductors: The Audioquest Forest USB cable uses solid LGC (Long-Grain Copper) conductors to eliminate inter-strand distortion and reduce jitter.

Polyethylene Insulation: The USB cable's HD Polyethylene insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry.

USB 2.0: This cable exceeds USB 2.0 data rate specifications with greater than 1200 Mbps. It provides up to 20% more power delivery for maximum charging.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I needed a quality USB connection from my custom built home theater PC to a Cambridge Audio 851D DAC. I'm not sure if these will make a difference, but I'm going to find out! [ Brent  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Great product to help me hook up external amp/DAC to my Mac. [ Lamar  Jul 17, 2017 ]
To connect dad to computer [ gordon  Jul 03, 2017 ]
Recommended by the tech [ Peter  Mar 23, 2017 ]
Looking to connect Apple Mini to the DAC. Apple Mini and DAC support USB 2.0. So bought these to replace the cheap USB printer (USB 1.0) cable sI was using. [ Kenneth  Dec 05, 2016 ]
Previous favorable experience with Audioquest. Price for this product is not in the 'snake oil' realm. [ STEVEN F  Nov 15, 2016 ]
Great product and price. [ geezer  Feb 24, 2016 ]
I only use AudioQuest cables for all my audio needs, they produce the best quality for the dollar... [ Aaron  Dec 31, 2015 ]
good quality sound [ stephen  Dec 01, 2017 ]
I was after a quality usb cable for turntable and felt this was best choice I could make for money. [ JEFFERY  Jun 03, 2017 ]
I have had audioquest cables for over 20 years and it does me well with my speakers. [ Elizabeth  Mar 14, 2017 ]
Higher quality than cables that come with the Audio Engine D1. Past experience and satisfaction with AudioQuest Forest cables [ James  Mar 04, 2017 ]
David helped me with this order that I made today. He answered my all my questions and the item that was recommended had good reviews by other customers. Thanks David. [ Jim  Feb 02, 2017 ]
Audioquest products are the best!!! [ EDWIN  Dec 19, 2016 ]
need to connect my PC to my DAC [ Ian  Dec 03, 2016 ]
Great value [ Angelo  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Input cable for my TEAC DAC [ Cliff  Aug 29, 2016 ]
Historical purchases of Audioquest cables and the audiophile quality! Expensive but very low distortion! [ J. PATRICK  Apr 03, 2016 ]
Web search [ Michael  Mar 18, 2016 ]
Excellent value for the money. 100% better than OEM or Radio Shack cables. [ Jesse  Feb 25, 2016 ]
To connect laptop streaming music to NAD amp. Amp has built in DAC [ HOWELL  Jan 18, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Terry, I use the AudioQuest Forest cable to connect my windows pc to a peachtree DAC. It certainly made an improvement in sound quality. I had issues with finding the DAC but this was due to corruption of the DAC software; the Peachtree people helped with this. The DAC software needed to be reinstalled. This was prior to my puchase of Forest cable and the problem was already resolved. I have no experience with MACs. Bob [ Robert  May 03, 2016 ]
Unless the cable you are using is intermittent, I don't see the cable as being the problem. I'm running my music files through a PC. I needed to download the oppo driver on to the PC to get started. That being said, in my opinion, the Audio Quest is a good quality cable. [ Peter  May 03, 2016 ]
I have never seen my DAC come up on screen. I need to go into the Audio MIDI setup to connect to it. [ C  May 03, 2016 ]
This cable will assure you that it's a good quality cable. Your Mac and oppo may be having communication issues. I would contact OPPO their customer service is awesome. [ TOM  May 02, 2016 ]

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