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Clarus USB Crimson Cable Designed for Audio Applications

Clarus' new USB cable uses a combination of silver-plated, solid-core signal conductors, precision-wound twisted pairs, and six layers of shielding to eliminate EMI and RF noise.

Clarus announced its latest product during the 2013 CEDIA Expo, and the company says its new USB cable is available for $250 for a 1-meter product and $350 for a 2-meter cable run.
Robert Archer · November 11, 2013

The niche computer audio category has matured so much the past couple years that it now sits on equal ground with traditional formats such as vinyl and CD.

Lending its support to the category is Florida-based cable manufacturer Clarus, which recently announced its new high-performance Crimson Series USB audio cable that is engineered specifically for High Speed USB 2.0 computer audio applications.

Clarus says it developed the cable after the, “careful consideration of the complex issues associated with the design of digital cable - namely the preservation of signal integrity, including [the] minimization of jitter and the elimination of noise.”

Clarus says the Crimson cables start with a foundation of heavy gauge PCOCC (Pure Copper by the Ohno Continuous Casting) that produces the purest copper available. The cable uses 20AWG power conductors to ensure the proper flow of current. To minimize jitter and other timing issues, the cable is manufactured via a high-precession wire twisting machine that ensures the cables get perfectly matched twisted pairs.

The cable also employs PCOCC signal conductors with silver plating, as well as six layers of shielding to prevent the loss of sound quality through EMI and RF noise interference. Externally, the cable is wrapped in a red and black woven jacket, and Clarus offers the cable in 1- or 2-meter versions to meet a variety of applications.

The cable is now shipping. Clarus says the 1-meter cable carries an MSRP of $250 and the 2-meter version carries an MSRP of $350.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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