“Beyond optimising for characteristic impedance, there would seem to be little point in making fancy USB cables… so how can a 1.1m USB cable costing £600 possibly offer any improvement?” wonders Andrew Harrison in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Critic as he makes a start on reviewing Computer Audio Design’s (CAD) USB Cables I & II. Some serious listening and a few hundred words later, Harrison is firmly convinced. “The improvements were clear as day.” Continue reading “Computer Audio Design re-invents the USB cable” – and Hi-Fi Critic is seriously impressed with the sonic results
It’s that time of year again folks… when hi-fi’s greatest hitters from around the globe flock to the world’s largest audio exhibition. Yes music lovers, High End Munich 2018 is almost upon us. So, just before I get packing, here are some of the highlights I’ll be heading for.
In the world of analogue audio, there’s little doubt that a system’s sonic performance can be markedly constrained or improved by the quality of its various cables. But when it comes to digital audio, could there be even more to play for? Computer Audio Design’s (CAD) Scott Berry believes so, and has been putting his ideas to the test for some time before bringing two exceptional new USB interconnects to market.
“For years, one of the best-kept secrets in hi-fi has been that the single most cost-effective upgrade you can make to any system (regardless of price or ambition) is to provide it with a dedicated AC supply equipped with a parallel, clean ground,” writes Gregory. “That might seem like a bold statement,” he acknowledges, “but consider the issues for a moment and the logic is unassailable.” Indeed it is, when we consider that the AC supply is basically the raw material from which our systems are striving to recreate the musical performance, while at the same time providing the sink down which all unwanted electrical noise is supposed to drain. “Which leads us directly to the crucial question of noise floor….”
Continue reading “The highest possible recommendation”: Roy Gregory is thoroughly convinced by Computer Audio Design’s Ground Controls in a recent Hi-Fi Plus blog
Singled out as a ‘Hot Product’ at the 2016 Munich High End Show, Computer Audio Design’s Ground Controls tackle noise reduction at the level of signal ground and mains earth, with truly remarkable results. Now, just in time for the 2017 Munich High End Show, the original GC1 is joined by the new larger and more powerful GC3.
Singled out as a ‘Hot Product’ at the 2016 Munich High End Show, Computer Audio Design’s new GC1 Ground Control tackles noise reduction at the level of the signal ground plane, with remarkable results.
No plans for this coming Sunday? Great! Then you’ll be free to head over to the North West Audio Show 2016.
Now in its third year, the Northwest Audio Show is quickly becoming one of the highlights in the audiophile calendar with great exhibitors, top brands and a superb venue. With free entry and free parking to tempt you northwestwards, spend a day surrounded by the best in audio amid the beautiful settings of Cheshire’s Cranage Hall and Wychwood Park.
The world’s finest dedicated USB digital-to-analogue convertor has been upgraded. Computer Audio Design has announced a refit to its unique CAD 1543 DAC, now using proprietary EMI/RFI reduction materials, improved DAC circuit boards, single-crystal UP-OCC internal wiring and refined power supply filtering, to create the CAD 1543 MKII DAC.
David Denyer has been appointed by Computer Audio Design (CAD) for UK PR.
Launched in 2012, the British company is the brainchild of electrical engineer Scott Berry, who, despite being a self-confessed vinyl junkie, is on a mission to help computer music listeners achieve the best possible sound quality from hi-res music files.