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    Need Help with a Curious USB A to B Cable with Squeezeite Settings

    Hi all,

    New to the forum and wanted to see if anyone here has by chance encountered the same issue I'm having with a Curious USB cable.

    Set up is an RPi4B with latest Picoreplayer via the onboard USB output hooked up to a Chord Qutest DAC.

    I'm having problems when I plug in a Curious USB cable where under the Squeezlite settings the Qutest is not presenting itself as any of the control options. I only see options for "headphones".

    If I plug in the Curious cable from my MacBook Air to the DAC it works just fine so it appears the cable is working but not when plugged into the RPi4B.

    Using another USB or a generic USB cable from the RPi4B to the Qutest I'm able to see the Qutest as hardware options under the Squeezlite settings and can hear audio just fine only when I plug in the Curious is when the DAC is not being detected.

    Are there specific USB cables that may require different settings than others? I thought all USBs are pretty much the same when it comes to pinouts and wiring?

    Any help with this is greatly appreciated!

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    In my opinion all usb cables are the same, if they are complient with the respective standard

    Are you using the usb2 or usb 3 sockets on the pi

    I would suggest a couple of logs to start with, boot and dmesg

    One set with a certified usb cable (and hopefully working dac)

    One set with the Curious cable and non working dac

    Ask Mr Woodland about your problem

    good luck

    ronnie

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    I see their FAQ has something in it that suggests this is a known issue.

    Also - other content of their FAQ makes me think that this should be in the Audiophiles area.
    https://curiouscables.com/faq
    Paul Webster
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    I'm using the USB 2.0 on the Pi and tried both of them but no dice. Ok i read the Curious site FAQ closely this time and will try to go over some of the tips there tomorrow even though some are rather vague in what to do. Will see if I can figure out to log as well as suggested in my rather rudimentary expertise on this at the moment.

    Appreciate any other suggestions. Both my other USB cables a Vovox Textura and a BBQ Full Rack work perfectly fine with the Pi. Just the Curious looks to be rather finicky but works with the MacBook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    Also - other content of their FAQ makes me think that this should be in the Audiophiles area.
    Yes, looks like it. Maybe the Curious cable became conditioned to your Macbook already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scslite View Post
    Will see if I can figure out to log as well as suggested in my rather rudimentary expertise on this at the moment.
    pCP Main Page > Diagnostics > Logs


    zipping the logs up, is a good idea I forgot to mention
    Last edited by Man in a van; 2021-02-21 at 01:36.

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    I see those cables are a mere $350 for 0.8m. I guess if you can afford to pay that much for a bit of wire then you can afford to pay that much for one that doesnĺt work!
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    I have a USB type A socket on a PC where some cables work and some don't - I think it is just a mechanical issue where tolerance are just out or have become worn or perhaps the "springiness" of the contacts has gone.

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    Logs attached. Also tried to make sure pins have good contact.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    I have zero experience with pcp on the USB side. I only use optical solutions, so just making a suggestion. I wasn't even aware there is a Qutest USB setting. I thought USB Audio is the only option on the dropdown box for USB DACs, so total noob here.

    My suggestion is try powering on the Qutest with your MBA. Turn on your RPi. Unplug USB A from MBA and plug into RPi.

    I believe Chord DACs need the 5V VBUS (Thin orange cable on your Curious) to initiate a handshake to activate the Qutest. Maybe after activating, if it stays PWR ON, pcp will recognize?

    Maybe some setting not initiating the handshake? Just hope the Qutest doesn't PWR OFF or de-activate when you pull out the USB cable.

    If it's recognized, you can troubleshoot the setting from there...

    GL

    EDIT: USB Audio setting the same issue? Have you tried another OS on the RPI to narrow down?
    Last edited by LiFePO4; 2021-02-21 at 23:53.

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