Last week we summarized in an article what have been the improved versions of some Ricable cables released recently. Today we want to summarize what's new in the Ricablecatalogue. We refer to the USB cables, anticipated by the only sample of the Magnus series, but with the cables of the Dedalus and Invictus series coming soon; to the AES/EBU cables, already available in the three series Magnus, Dedalus and Invictus; and to the Jack cables, present in the catalog also with the 6.3 mm connector and with relative extensions.
USB cables have become an object of daily use. But what is their function in Hi-Fi? USB cables in Hi-Fi are used to carry a digital signal between a personal computer and a DAC, usually. The quality of technique and materials of the USB cables Ricable allows to obtain great results compared to a standard cable (and not only) especially if the source file has a lossless data compression. According to the tests we've carried out with the USB cable Magnus, the improvement is perceivable even in PCM and, even, with compressed formats, such as MP3.
Always taking into consideration the USB cable Magnus, the least valuable - although of very high level - among those present in the catalogue Ricable, we have performed computer tests to understand its limit. The Magnus USB goes well beyond the 2.0 certification (which guarantees a signal up to 5 m). We ran tests with a Hi-Fi DAC with 96kHz audio files and a very simple passive pen drive. The result is impressive. We were able to connect the DAC up to a distance of 30m, playing 96kHz files. With the passive device, which has no auxiliary power supply and has to receive power from the cable, we were able to go up to 25 metres connected to a direct USB port on the PC.
AES/EBU is also a standard format for digital audio, used to interface different devices together. In Hi-Fi, it is mainly used to connect digital sources to the DAC. Some high-end devices enjoy the possibility of connection with a 110 ohm XLR cable, which improves transmission performance over the classic RCA coaxial (the analogue equivalents). The AES/EBU cables Ricable are subdivided in the three classic series: Magnus, Dedalus and Invictus, with a progressive increase in the quality of materials and construction technique.
The key to a good AES/EBU cable is that it maintains as close to optimum 110 ohms as possible for as long as possible. In this sense, even the cable that would be the least valuable of the three, the one belonging to the Magnus series - still outstanding, does a great job.
Jack 3.5 and 6.3 cables
This is a line of professional connection and headphone cables based on Magnus Signal. The Ricable Jack cables are ideal for connecting or extending high-end headphones, microphones, mixers and other high quality equipment; they are also great for some musical instruments that have 3.5 mm or 6.3 mm Jack connections. The cable Magnus Jack 3.5 is, in fact, an old acquaintance of all our most loyal customers. However, we have added variants of this cable to our catalogue, all exclusively for the Magnus series.
The first is the Jack 3.5 cable extension, which is joined by the Jack 6.3 cable and its extension. The other very interesting addition is the Jack 3.5 / RCA cable. If you want to visit the pages dedicated to each new product line, with more details on both technical specifications and prices, just click the button dedicated to each new entry in the catalogue Ricable.