USB cable (Type A to Type B) (0.75 meters/2.5 feet)
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Our take on the AudioQuest Forest by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
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.
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.
- 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:
- 2.5' USB cable (with a USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
This is a high quality cable that should be nigh immortal. My only compliant is some buyers remorse. Did I really need this high-quality cable for an ever-changing USB technology? I suspect this cable will far outlive the USB spec it's built for.
Vaughn, San Diego, CA
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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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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 ]
I wanted a sturdy cable to connect my DAC to my laptop. [ Vaughn Sep 30, 2018 ]
I need it to connect the device to my computer [ Michael May 31, 2018 ]
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 ]
Needed a quality cable to connect old Mac Book Pro to DAC [ Raymond Sep 03, 2018 ]
To connect a computer to the DAC I just purchased [ Michael Aug 17, 2018 ]
To connect usb turntable to computer - right length. [ Vernon Apr 06, 2018 ]
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 ]