Curious Cables USB Cable
$154 – $649
The Curious USB cable has been designed with one thing in mind – to improve the sound quality of your computer or media server based audio system.
All models are USB Type A to Type B connector.
- All curious USB cables feature the USB Type A to USB Type B standard of connectors.
- The Regen Link replaces the hard adaptor or fly lead supplied with Regen.
- The Hugo Link Improves the performance of the Chord Hugo DAC.
- The USB cable that connects external storage to a PC/Server is extremely important for sound quality. Feel free to ask for a custom build of the Curious USB Cable with a usb 3.0 micro 5-Pin connector.
What does it take to create a better sounding cable?
“Computer-based audio systems had the potential to offer incredible performance, but I was never happy with the sound – and much of the blame can be directed towards the usb cable”, said audiophile, and cable designer, Rob Woodland.
Twelve months and countless prototypes later – Curious Cables has released a usb cable that brings new life to computer audio.
Why does the humble usb cable make such a difference to sound quality in a computer-based Hi-Fi system?
When I started using a computer server, people said “You won’t have to sweat over usb cables – they don’t make a difference! It’s packets of data – it’s not analog.”
With this advice ringing in my ears, I continued to question why I was getting a flat, lifeless, edgy and uninvolving sound from my system – despite using the best processor, usb card, power supply and so on.
And yes, I did try a number of high-end, highly regarded usb cables – with similar disappointing results.
So, if you can’t get genuine audiophile quality from many commercially available usb cables, what’s a man to do?
This required investigation…
From a previous career as an audiophile cable and connector manufacturer, I had plenty of wire on hand to start the experimental process. And what do you know? Just about every wire combination I tested had an immediate, yet varied impact on sound quality.
So began a 12 month quest to discover a usb cable design that would deliver a truly three dimensional, musical sound – like the real thing. I left no stone unturned. I tested different diameters of wire, different metallurgy, shielding, dielectrics, ground techniques, how to deal with the 5V power leg and so on. All the time listening.
And after a while I built up a set of parameters for a usb cable that worked for the delivery of music, rather than just delivery of data.
The result? Music from my computer-based audio system sounded significantly better – in every way! Much cleaner than before, more open and spacious, more detailed, smoother, more dynamic – and more involving. Some may even use the word “musical”!
But hang on – usb cables aren’t supposed to make a difference.
All I can say is this. To my ears and those of experienced audiophiles – the new “Curious” usb cable offers a superior listening experience to many other usb cables.
Best results are attained when the cable is used:
- Between an external hard drive and computer/music server, and/or…
- Between a computer/music server and DAC
What you’ll hear with the Curious usb:
- Holographic sound stage with genuine depth and layering
- Clean, smooth and detailed sound
- Fleshed out, rounded vocals
- Deep, extended low frequencies with excellent definition
- Foot tapping involvement
- A step up in realism
Review from digitalaudioreview.com
Received Kock Out Reward from John Darko at digitalaudioreview.com
0.6 m, 0.8 m, 1.0 m, 1.2 m, 1.5 m, 2.0 m, Short Link: Regen Link (200 mm), Hugo Link (280 mm), USB including Regen Link 0.8 m, USB including Regen Link 1.0 m, USB including Regen Link 1.2 m, USB including Regen Link 1.5 m, USB including Regen Link 2.0 m, 5-pin USB 3.0 (280 mm)