My experience as well. I'm skeptical about everything and USB cables were no exception. I use Uptone's products with Curious Cables. They sound better than the silver Pangea cable I had prior. The Pangea and the Curious Cables sound better than all the cheap USB cables I have laying around. Night and day better? No. However, it is undeniable to me that their IS a difference in sound quality. The Curious Cables have a fuller, richer and smoother sound to them. Sad....but....true. The Pangea had the same qualities but not to the extent of the Curious Cables. Right now I'm checking out the USPCB hard adaptors from Uptone and so far they are promising. This weekend gonna do some comparisons. Guys that keep talking about 1's and 0's.......there's gotta be more to this. Too many people are claiming they are hearing the same things/differences. Perhaps going a little overboard, though.