Signature Super ARAY USB digital audio interconnect

Signature Super ARAY USB digital audio interconnect

Our first venture into USB cables was a consequence of having musicians working at the Chord Company. After copying a CD master recording to a laptop, we were shocked at the poor performance of the burned copies when compared to the original master CD.

At the time we were using one of the first DACs with a USB input, so we played the master from the laptop. Still not good but better than the burned CD version. After using better spec ripping programs and playback management, we thankfully got big improvements to the burned CD.

Whilst we were happy that we could produce a pretty decent CD copy from the original master, the laptop copy of the master (sent to the DAC via its USB input) sounded clearly worse than the CD copy being fed to the same DAC – so we investigated the construction of the USB cable between laptop and DAC.

The original Signature USB featured four separately shielded conductors. We have now refined the effective gauge of the silver-plated copper conductors and uprated the insulation to a high-speed PE/LDPE/PE composite dielectric. The earth shielding connection is further protected from high frequency noise with its own foil tape layer. The ARAY technology has been uprated from Tuned ARAY to Super ARAY using a Signature USB specific ARAY design.  We have incorporated refinements with both USB A and B plugs. All connections are soldered and the USB plugs are ChorAlloy™ plated to our specification in the UK. We believe these changes have all contributed to a healthy improvement in performance. It is certainly a little harder (therefore longer) to build, so while the price has crept up from the original Signature USB, we feel it more than justifies the effort when you audition it against the original design.

There are many high-performance storage and streaming devices available and the new Signature Super ARAY USB is an obvious choice to try with these.  Also worth trying between your PC/tablet and DAC, particularly if it’s full of decent rips of your own CD collection, high quality downloads or is being used for streaming hi-def music like Tidal etc.

If possible, avoid the use of Micro USB adaptors with any of our USB cables, but if you have a high-spec DAC with only a micro USB input then it is still worth auditioning a good USB cable with an adaptor.

Technical Specification:

Super ARAY conductors, a revolutionary way of building audio interconnects that brings new levels of coherence, detail and involvement.

Precision silver-plated oxygen free copper twisted Bi-data conductors,

Separately shielded data and power conductors.

Composite PE/LDPE/PE Tri layer insulation.

Chord Company custom Signature Super ARAY conductor configuration.

Dual layer precision applied high coverage foil shielding, effective to very high frequencies.

PVC outer jacket minimises signal degradation caused by mechanical noise.

Chord Company custom ChorAlloy™ plated USB plugs.

Im standard length, with custom lengths/terminations available.


Signature Super ARAY USB digital audio interconnect Awards & Reviews

Hi-Fi+ Awards 2023 - Chord Company PowerHAUS M6 & Signature USB cable

There’s lots to like here. Signature Super ARAY could be the gateway drug into Chord Company cables... ...all the benefits of the PowerHaus M6 are ones I recognise from other work to reduce the insidious, parasitic effect of low-level noise within a system..

Product review: Chord Signature USB Tuned ARAY - Hi-Fi News Outstanding Product July 2014

Chord’s top-of-the-line Signature Tuned Aray – voted the best USB in 2014! From the outset, it was patently clear we were auditioning a very ‘mature’ sounding cable, possessed of great control – delivering energy and passion when required as slickly as it revealed subtle details. Chord’s flagship Signature Tuned Aray cable sounds richly detailed and...

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