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Ok, I have a nice glass of red wine at my side and it is time to wind down and listen to some usb cables. I was anticipating that this was going to be a difficult to hear differences type of experience because I had my usb cable skeptics hat pulled down tight over my ears. But here we are only 30 minutes into the comparison and I feel compelled to do an interim report. I am listening with the Innuos Statement running Roon and set up to output to the experimental Squeezebox Lite endpoint. (Which by the way is now rock solid since installing the Innuos 1.4.4 upgrade a couple of days ago). The Statement is connected by USB to an MScaler connected to Dave by my own dual BNC cables. Both MScaler and Dave are powered by Sean Jacobs DC4 power supplies. The Dave is connected to Pass Labs XA60.8 monoblocs amps driving the Spendor SP200 speakers. I normally use Supra USB 2.0 cables which are not expensive (£30 or so) but are well made and sound fine. By that I mean I had probably made up my mind that USB cables are pretty much of a muchness and as long as they were fully compliant with USB then there couldn’t be any issues. Indeed when I sat down to focus in on the Supra cables as a reference in the system it sounded amazing. In fact just the way it always sounds. It was stunning. Sorry, just let me reach forward in Keith Floyd style for a slurp of wine (does anyone remember his cookery programmes?) Where was I, yes, then I tried the Sablon 2020 cable and after that the Callisto USB cable and I admit was instantly blown away by both of them. This was not a subtle change. Gone was a slightly bloated bass that I hadn’t noticed before and instead there was rock solid bass with all sorts of detail. There are lots of other changes to the music but now I’m settling in to listen to each in more detail. It is now not a question of whether I will change my usb cable, rather which one I will change to using. I was not expecting this.