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Announcing -
a usb cable that delivers a new level of musical performance!

Cracking the code of the humble usb cable...

 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

Curious usb is designed by Rob Woodland


How it began...

Rob Woodland is an audiophile and music lover who from 1999 to 2005 licensed technology  from inventor Keith Eichmann – and manufactured the Bullet Plug (a  better sounding RCA connector) as well as a range of affordable high-end  cables.  

Rob also designed the CablePod and Bayonet Plug – the first breed of better sounding connectors to hit the market.


So, it comes as no surprise to see Rob at it again with the Curious usb 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 Rob. 

Twelve months and countless prototypes later – Rob has released a usb cable that brings new life to computer audio.

The cables are manufactured under license by Mike Lenehan from Lenehan Audio - Queensland, Australia.