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Paul
December 8, 2015, 02:12 AM
Currently, I'm using the Frutech USB Pro cable and thinking to upgrade them. Do they make a huge difference in sounds quality?

If so what is the best cable you have/had so far?

The Audience, WW and Audioquest Diamond are on my list.

Thanks

Julot
December 8, 2015, 03:32 AM
It does, in my experience. The best I tried, and now use systematically for shows, is this: artisansilvercables.com/ussusb-double.htm

Great value too.

dlb2
December 8, 2015, 10:29 AM
They most certainly do. I've tried a few different cables. Sometimes the difference is very recognizable and sometimes it's very subtle. The best I've heard so far was the Wireworld Platinum Starlight. Of course, YMMV.

asindc
December 8, 2015, 11:01 AM
Though I use AES exclusively now, I've found bigger differences between USB cables more than any other types of cables, except maybe for power cords. I highly endorse Wireworld Platinum USB.

RLL1
December 8, 2015, 12:54 PM
Paul.....In case you are Curious!

http://www.curiouscables.com/media-reviews.html

Jim Smith
December 8, 2015, 01:42 PM
Here is an excerpt from a recent (last week) Quarter Notes newsletter I send to Get Better Sound owners. The previous (and expensive) USB cable I had been using was the Light Harmonic split LightSpeed:


Curious cable Ė including 200MM Curious REGEN jumper

I tried out the Curious USB cable that everyone has been discussing. I found that it continued along the path of less mechanical sound and more musical involvement. While it isnít exactly cheap, it handily outperformed the far more expensive USB cable that I had been using, in all of the ways that I value musically. I also picked up the special 200mm cable for the REGEN that I mentioned in the last QNs to replace the hard adaptor supplied by Uptone Audio. Another nice improvement! You can pick one up yourself at http://www.curiouscables.com.

Paul
December 8, 2015, 01:56 PM
Paul.....In case you are Curious!

http://www.curiouscables.com/media-reviews.html
I'm curious for sure. :) did you get your cable straight from them ? Any problem with shipping ?

Zero
December 8, 2015, 01:58 PM
Hey... speaking of Curious Cables... :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taI0OOZiRDE

Joe P
December 8, 2015, 02:04 PM
Does the 200mm Curious USB cable for the REGEN outperform the hard adaptor?

Jim Smith
December 8, 2015, 02:34 PM
Does the 200mm Curious USB cable for the REGEN outperform the hard adaptor?



Yes.

RLL1
December 8, 2015, 03:13 PM
I'm curious for sure. :) did you get your cable straight from them ? Any problem with shipping ?

Yes Paul, I ordered it directly from them. It took 9 day to make its way from Australia, arriving yesterday. I'm going to burn it in for 50 or so hours before I do some A/B testing with my AES/EBU cable.

Joe P
December 8, 2015, 03:23 PM
Yes.

I just my REGEN yesterday, if it makes an improvement in my system, I'll give the Curious USB cable a try.

Paul
December 8, 2015, 03:27 PM
Hey... speaking of Curious Cables... :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taI0OOZiRDE

Hi Sean, I'm at work can't watch the whole video yet. However I heard briefly you were mentioned about the Audioquest cable. Which model was it ? I'm very interested in their Diamond series. I heard them on Aurender N10 with PS Audio DAC and sounded wonderful.

Womaz
December 8, 2015, 03:52 PM
A very timely post for me to read as I have been thinking about some USB cable experimenting.
I currently use the Telleruim Q Blue cable and it does get very good reviews. Lately i have bought some GIK acoustic room treatments to help with the brightness in my system. They have worked. So this has got me thinking that maybe a different USB cable may also help. I was looking at the two mentioned here, the silver artisan and the Curious cable to try with my Melco and Devialet set up

Paul
December 8, 2015, 11:56 PM
Yes Paul, I ordered it directly from them. It took 9 day to make its way from Australia, arriving yesterday. I'm going to burn it in for 50 or so hours before I do some A/B testing with my AES/EBU cable.

Thanks Rick, Let us know how you like them after break in. :)

Zero
December 9, 2015, 12:45 AM
Hey Paul - The AQ cable I mentioned was the 'Carbon' - which is significantly more affordable than the Diamond. However, I believe there is at least one reviewer who compared the Curious to the AQ Diamond - and ended up preferring the former by quite a wide margin.

cyclopse
March 2, 2016, 04:07 PM
I noticed a difference between external hard drive and media player by adding a Kimber silver USB cable.

Alpinist
March 2, 2016, 10:49 PM
Here is an excerpt from a recent (last week) Quarter Notes newsletter I send to Get Better Sound owners. The previous (and expensive) USB cable I had been using was the Light Harmonic split LightSpeed:


Curious cable Ė including 200MM Curious REGEN jumper

I tried out the Curious USB cable that everyone has been discussing. I found that it continued along the path of less mechanical sound and more musical involvement. While it isnít exactly cheap, it handily outperformed the far more expensive USB cable that I had been using, in all of the ways that I value musically. I also picked up the special 200mm cable for the REGEN that I mentioned in the last QNs to replace the hard adaptor supplied by Uptone Audio. Another nice improvement! You can pick one up yourself at http://www.curiouscables.com.

Hi Jim,

I question if the Curious cable offers any material improvement over other similarly designed solid silver USB cables such as the Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7? Other than the separation of the copper power cable from the main silver cable, I see very little difference from a design standpoint. Has anyone A-B'd the Curious and WW Platinum 7 USB cables?

Best,
Ken

Audioseduction
March 3, 2016, 12:02 AM
I'm VERY happy with my WW Platinum 7 USB cable performance!

Mechnutt
January 17, 2017, 02:25 PM
I am a little late to the party but last year we did a shoot out with usb cables at my house with 5 guys with high end systems.
The cables used were a WW Platinum and Starlight Red, a $600 Lightspeed and a Pangea silver. We tried the cables with and without a Regen. The results were eye opening. What we found was that all the cables sounded different and that the cables are system dependent. The Regen also made just about all of the cables sound very similar.


Without the Regen-

We all agreed that the WW Platinum sounded the best. It was fairly neutral with a hint of warmth and plenty of detail.

The Starlight Red was very warm but veiled sounding.

The Lightspeed was way too bright and very irritating and sibilant. It was the most detailed however. ( interestingly, the guy that owns this cable, also owns the WW Platinum and prefers the Lightspeed in his system. I have heard his system and the LS does not sound bright and it sounds nothing like it does in my system)

The worst sounding was the Pangea. It was bright and thin sounding.


With the Regen, the veiled sound of the Starlight was lifted, most of the brightness of the Lightspeed was gone and all the cables sounded very similar with subtle differences. The WW Platinum still sounded the best. The Pangea still sounded bad, bright, thin but the sound was improved some.

EmiLiuZ
January 18, 2017, 07:37 AM
Personally i use the Ansuz USB Diamond. It's fairly costly, but provides such a big black background to the music.