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DHC "Metagenome" Flagship USB Cable

Starting at: $449.00

DHC "Metagenome" USB Cable

Also available with mini-B or micro-B USB connectivity for use with portable DACs, Chord Hugo, Android, and more.
The Metagenome2 is a reference-quality digital interconnect for computer-based audio systems.
Like a metagenome, this cable contains a diverse community of elements, the genetic entirety of an ecosystem -- the collected knowledge of DHC as a whole.  The Metagenome2 provides cost-no-object preservation of the USB digital signal, with isolation of power and data lines, from computer to DAC.  
How does the Metagenome sound?  Reproduced sound becomes a live performance in your mind.  Details that were just on the edge of your perception come into focus like a camera's lens locking onto a subject.  

Technology overview and concept:

The Metagenomeuses an unprecedented design to keep the data and power signals for USB separated and protected from harm from headphone to amplifier by using a separate, shielded cable for each signal group. Other types of cable layout and geometry cannot match the physical separation and isolation that the Metagenome provides, allowing data and power wires to interact with each other and providing only the bare minimum of shielding required for USB 2.0 specifications.  The Metagenome is more than just the sum of its parts - the synergy between the layers is the secret.  The dampening layers reduce capacitance due to the shielded design and the concentric layers exert force on the central cable core, preventing detail-robbing vibration.  

Contrary to one's first instincts, USB is not a bulk method of data transfer at least in the capacity that it is used in digital audio systems.  The music as it is played back is not sent across the USB link as intact files that are checked for integrity, but rather are streamed in real-time across the connection.  Like any digital connection, the signal can lose integrity.  USB connections are among the most sensitive that there are, and timing is everything.  If any force of nature is about to exert an influence upon the signal, the realism and fidelity of the audio system is in jeopardy.  Once the digital signal is affected, there is a butterfly effect that magnifies the losses throughout the signal chain, and no choice of downstream equipment or cabling can make up for this shortcoming.  


The Metagenome2 features DHC's most neutral and accurate wire. The DHC "Peptide" wire is only available here and is a custom type 2 litz construct.  It features more than 100 ultra-fine strands of individually enameled ultrapure Ohno continuous cast copper, with multiple sub-bundles in a type 2 "bundle of bundles" arrangement.  This strand arrangement and individual strand insulation is thought to reduce AC losses and minimize skin and proximity effect, offering an improvement over conventional stranded wire.  A practical benefit of DHC "Peptide" is that it will stay beautiful forever as each strand is sealed in clear enamel and thus the conductive surfaces of each strand maintain their integrity.  In the context of USB cables, such a wire maintains its impedance throughout its length and losses are minimized.   "Peptide" has a unique rope-like appearance from the complex of strand bundles inside, with a flexible polyethylene jacket that keeps the type 2 litz construct inside rigidly locked in its configuration, ensuring a lifetime of reproducible service.  

The Metagenome2 features a reproducible, computer-controlled central core rather than a hand-twisted assembly, keeping electrical performance consistent throughout the length of the cable.  Every aspect of the Metagenome2, from the twist rate to the insulation profiles to the dampening materials layout has been agonizingly pored over for the last year.  

Twice the typical amount of textile dampening has been employed in the Metagenometo prevent microvibrational energy from interfering with the signal. This approach also prevents static buildup as this dampening material is triboelectrically neutral - it will not build a charge when it rubs against something.

A newly developed carbon-infused composite is directly applied onto each strand of Peptide wire, providing further protection against a wide bandwidth of interference.  The individual carbon shielding on each wire takes the place of the single carbon fiber shield used in the original, less-effective design.  The material is highly compliant, absorbing mechanical energy and draining static buildup by acting as a semiconductor.

Super-thin custom mylar foil shielding against low-frequency interference and a non-magnetic super-high-coverage copper braid for iron-curtain isolation from high-frequency noise - don't let your cable become an antenna for signals traveling through the air! The Metagenome2 is the most protected USB cable on the market today, and provides a sense of quiet, black space - an empty canvas for music.  The foil layer helps to compact the inner layers and prevent vibration.

To make the Metagenome2 the best performing cable from end to end, we use DHC's custom gold USB connectors which ensure a lifetime of consistent service.  We can offer other USB configurations at no charge, at your request.  If you do not specify otherwise, the standard USB A to USB B cable type for home audio DACs will be used.

Extensively tested by hand and broken in, guaranteed for life - no questions asked

We now offer our true flagship USB cable...the Metagenome3 is the most advanced digital solution we have ever offered.

It features a 22awg "Fusion" design with many unprecedented features adding refinement and detail.  There are seven OCC silver litz bundles and seven OCC copper litz bundles arrayed in a cylinder around a core of semiconductor material, which disperses and drains excess energy and static buildup, converting it to heat.  Each wire has a conductive carbon secondary insulation for wide-bandwidth noise protection and dampening, with additional cotton dampening stabilizing the internal braid.  There are dual foil shields instead of one, around a OFC copper braid shield.  Like the Metagenome2, data and power braids are isolated into their own independent cables.  For more information see the Complement3 headphone cable - here!  To order just pick Metagenome3 under wire type below.

Want the most compact Metagenome possible?  With the Micro layout, no problem.

Check the box below and we rebuild the Metagenome in a single-cable configuration.  This works for Metagenome2 and Metagenome3 with any of our USB terminations.  The carbon insulation on each strand of wire significantly protects against interference between strands, which are arranged into two balanced pairs.  Additional cotton dampening is added and an ultra-light nickel Kevlar shield protects the entire cable.  A special ultra fine microfilament clear sleeve - one never seen before at DHC or any other brand - covers the cable.  This cable is substantial yet extremely light & flexible.  It will travel well, just don't ask us for right angle terminations!


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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 15 January, 2010.