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The new generation of our acclaimed Element, with a solid core copper conductor, designed to provide maximum performance from computer audio sources. Typically used to connect a Mac, PC or streamer to the DAC or digital input in your hifi system.
Digital theory suggests that data is nothing more than a stream of ‘ones & zeros’ and all a cable has to do is transfer the data from one device to another. While that’s essentially true with regard to connecting your printer, it turns out to be an overly simplistic view when considering USB audio devices.
The latest generation of our hugely popular Element USB cable is the Element sc (solid core) USB. Through extensive testing, Atlas found that the use of solid core silver-plated copper conductors covered in low-loss foamed polyethylene delivered the most consistent performance for the data streams.The use of solid core conductors reduces internal data reflections between each strand of each conductor, and allows for the exact measurement of each twisted pair, meaning that all data transmitted along the cable reaches the receiver at exactly the same time, reducing ‘jitter’ (noise) and increasing performance.
Combined with newly developed triple-screening and hefty power & ground conductors, plus unique Atlas-designed connector plugs, the sc USB is engineered to maintain consistent cable impedance. Both technically and sonically, the sc USB cable achieves ‘best in class’ performance.
This cable is very well made and gives excellent sound. I won't even say 'for the money'!
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Some say all usb cables must sound the same, because they're digital, and yet they all sound different. This one seems honest, and just appears to be well engineered and well constructed. Smoother than most, and gloriously detailed, this only lacks the last ounce of treble extension and air, but the music comes out intact, which is often not the case with high-end usb cables. One of the very best I've tried (and I've tried loads).
Affordable, well-engineered USB cable auditioned with Linux music server and Focusrite DAC. Compared to Supra, ADL Furutech, 1877 Phono and industry standard, the Atlas USB cable offers staggering immediacy and beguiling musicality. Great value. Highly recommended.
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