Just before a concert at the symphony, flawed music flows from the orchestra pit. This chaos of phrases, isolated from sheet music, and cacophony of instruments being tuned, soon turns into colourful and atmospheric form, harmony and order.
The main objective of an audio system is to play music as near to the artist’s intentions as possible; preserving the natural timbre, dynamics, sustain, stage depth and width, as well as loudness. When listening to music saved to files on a storage medium, it is necessary to connect the computer to a Digital-Analogue Converter (DAC) using a USB cable.
This “link in the chain” is often overlooked and neglected. After all, the transmission is digital, so there is no way of improving or losing anything – all you need is a CD converted properly into FLAC format (a lossless, bit-stream format), right? But have you heard of the EmDrive engine designed by NASA, which works even though it breaks the laws of physics? Moreover, have you heard of a quantum tunneling effect?
All it takes is the presence of a conductor who skilfully takes control to guide the musicians. Skilfully – because a weak conductor is a weak orchestra. In simplest terms, a USB cable acts like an orchestra conductor.