Keep Grooving: Audio Player USB Cables
Using substandard or poor quality cables will throttle the performance of your hi-fi music audio system.
Poor quality cables allow noise interference and compromise the signal from your digital system. It is therefore crucial that you find USB cables with all the capabilities you want to optimize your system.
What are the considerations I should make before buying USB audio cables?
- Length - Ensure you measure the distance between your components to make sure that the cables are long enough. There should be an allowance to allow you to pull your portable audio system back and forth. However, they should not be longer than necessary since this will lead to a reduction in the signal strength.
- Compatibility - Before buying a USB cable for your MP3 player, it is important to ensure it can play with your devices. For example, your headphones and the FM radio too. Besides, they should be able to play different music formats comfortably. Additionally, you should be able to transfer data from your portable audio player to your phone and vice versa.
- Brand - There are numerous brands of USB cables and media players, but not all of them offer quality products. An example is the iRiver T30 digital player with FM tuner with FM recording capabilities and has a color display.
- Build quality - Consider the outer jacket covering material used on the USB cable you are purchasing. The material should prevent radio frequency interference and electromagnetic interference since these will cause noise.
What is the difference between USB and auxiliary cables and which is better?
The major difference between USB and auxiliary input (aux) is that one sends unprocessed data while the aux sends processed analog signals. However, the sound quality from the media player will be better when using a USB than from aux. Besides, it can also work perfectly with systems with built-in FM tuner and radio and voice recorders such as those found in cars.
What are the benefits of using USB type-C cables and port?
USB Type-C specification was developed by the USB Implementers forum, and it has some tricks that will make your music experience worthwhile. For example, it can support these things concurrently.
- Alternate mode - This uses some of the wires in the connection for direct device host transmission.
- Audio accessory mode - This is for both passive and passthrough audio.
- Audio device class specification - This one sends analog and digital music audio via the port.
- Billboard device class - This one communicates the details of the alternate mode connections at each end.
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