USB cable (Type A to Type B) (1.5 meters/5 feet)
Our take on the AudioQuest Cinnamon by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Who'd have guessed that USB cables can sound different?
During AudioQuest's recent visit, they showed us their 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 direct comparison to 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
AudioQuest Cinnamon is the USB cable for music lovers. It's carefully engineered, made with top-notch materials, and tested through hours and hours of listening. One way AQ improves the audio performance of its digital cables is by adding a thin layer of silver plating to the solid copper wires. When it comes to conducting signals, silver is the best-performing metal — better than either copper or gold. Cinnamon's silver-plated conductors are designed to reveal more high-frequency detail.
If you enjoy listening to digital music files on a high-end 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
- silver-plated solid copper conductors for superior sound quality (silver layer is 1.25% of total conductor)
- 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)
Well made cable like all the Audioquest products and fast shipping from Crutchfield.
Scott, Magalia, CA
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USB Connectors: The Audioquest Cinnamon USB cable features gold-plated USB connectors for maximum signal transfer. The Audioquest Cinnamon USB cable has a USB type-A connector on one end and a USB type-B connector on the other end.
Silver-Plated Conductors: The Audioquest Cinnamon USB cable uses solid 1.25% Silver-Plated conductors to eliminate inter-strand distortion and reduce jitter.
Polyethylene Insulation: The USB cable's solid 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?
Cost effective upgrade [ John Nov 09, 2017 ]
Excellent value for the money. This cable delivers the best performance for the dollar spent. You can buy more expensive cables, but the difference in performance is incrementally better. Save your money. [ Jesse Feb 25, 2016 ]
AudioQuest Cinnamon cables are reasonably high quality without breaking the bank. [ JAIMESON M Dec 27, 2015 ]
This cable is utilized to take advantage of DAC on Oppo BD-105D thru Laptop/Computer for Music [ Michael Jan 11, 2016 ]
Recommendation from dealer [ Arthur Jun 08, 2017 ]
Need and AudioQuest quality [ J. PATRICK Dec 21, 2016 ]
AudioQuest brand recommended by Carson. I selected Golden Gate based on AudioQuest website. Brilliant brand! Thanks Carson! Carson's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=199 [ Thaddeus Jul 06, 2016 ]
Chip recommend these cables and you guys haven't been wrong yet !! Chip's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=210 [ Kenneth Mark Jun 16, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
Yes [ ALDRICH L Jun 27, 2018 ]
yes [ Mark Jun 24, 2018 ]
Yes it does have the braided jacket. I think you will be happy with it. [ KURT M Jun 24, 2018 ]
Yes it is the same type of nylon jacket. [ SCOTT Jun 23, 2018 ]
Yes [ Roger Jun 23, 2018 ]
Yes. [ John Jun 23, 2018 ]
Oops, I need to clarify - I didn't notice the 1.5m length was selected. The longer 3m / 10ft has a smooth cover, the shorter cables have a woven cover. [ EEWdad Jun 23, 2018 ]
No, it is a smooth, not woven cover. [ EEWdad Jun 23, 2018 ]
Usually it's the overall improvements throughout your setup added together, that you really start hearing the difference. [ Chris Sep 20, 2014 ]
Harry, Sound waves travel faster and cleaner on silver than they do on copper. USB cables with higher percentage silver conductors are able to send the sound waves at higher speeds thus helping to eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Deciding which USB to buy really depends on the type of setup you have as well as how picky you are with your music. I'm running an Audioquest Cinnamon-which has the 1.25% silver conductors-through a Peachtree Audio Decco65. The Decco65 has a built in ESS Sabre 9023 DAC (digital to analog converter), which, when combined with the Cinnamon USB, really makes my digital music sound warm and smooth. While you do want to run a good quality USB, I honestly don't think you'll need the more expensive 5.0% cable. Unless you're an extreme audiophile with a ridiculously expensive system, you probably won't be able to tell any difference. Stick with the Cinnamon and use the extra cash to buy some new music. :) [ Matthew Sep 20, 2014 ]
I can here the difference , but that's not the reason i upgraded to the Big Surs . I have Carver equipment and am Tri - Amping into Monitor Gold GR 60's . With close to a thousand watts going into one speaker DISTORTION really becomes an issue . I can turn my volume up much more and not blow my speakers !!!!!!!! Couldn't do that with my old top of the line Monster Cables . [ Mark Sep 18, 2014 ]
I have not had the opportunity to listen to two different AudioQuest cables. I just know that my Cinnamon USB cable sounds much better than a common USB cable that I briefly used (one that usually connects my computer and printer) while waiting for the AudioQuest to arrive. [ MARC Sep 18, 2014 ]