I have just ordered a new desktop PC, which I will be using for my Home Studio work with Cubase Pro 12, but I need to ask a question regarding USB cable length.
Currently I use 3 x 5m USB A-B cables between my PC and (1) a Dynacord CMS 600, (2) a Soundcraft Signature 12 Multi-track mixer, and (3) whatever other USB device I need to use at the time…
I have to say that I have never experienced any drop-out or failures with these 5m cables, but my new PC will be slightly further away than my current set-up, so I will need longer cables. I might get away with 6m but it would be more comfortable with 7m.
I understand from my searching, that 5m is the recommended maximum length for these cables, but has anyone here ever used longer ones successfully?
I look forward to your comments and any good advice.
Many thanks for the replies, all of them are very useful.
I think I will try and re-organise my workspace so the new PC will be within reach of my existing 5m cables. If that is not possible I will try just one 7m cable and see how/if that works for each of my devices.
I was hoping to avoid active/amplified cables if possible, but of course I may have no choice in the matter if the alternatives don’t work.
Thanks again for all your replies. They are much appreciated.