Maybe thinking more like what can I get for $200-$300 that is almost as good as the $1-2K cable.
The JMaxwell USB, http://www.jmaxwellusb.com/
, is in that price range, best sounding USB I have ever tried. I used the Schiit USB for years and the JMaxwell is clearly better One weekend I was troubleshooting my music server and switched USB cables. Once everything was working again the music still didn't sound right, it was flat with attenuated bass, then I remembered the Schiit was still in the loop, after replacing the USB with the JMaxwell the magic was back. That was a totally blind test and I passed.
I would definitely try many USB cables, every system is different. I demoed the Danacable TruStream USB ($895.00) for 10 days and it was not a good match for my system so price is not a guarantee of synergy. I did a review almost 3 years ago:
"The TruStream USB is well made with woven shimmering graphite colored jacket that is very flexible, it reminds me of a snake. I would describe the sound as laid back, with a rear of hall perspective. Highs are ever so slightly attenuated and bass is accented resulting in a warm rounded sound. Smooth too, with a refined presentation with no particular frequency given prominence.
"A little too smooth in my system. The first impressions most people have of Raal tweeters are they sound laid back but they are very clear. The Straightwire Encore 2 interconnects also effect my sound because I have heard better my system (a plug for ZenWave Audio D3’s here) so any cable that attenuates the highs make the sound a bit dull and unexciting, highs lose their shimmer and delicacy along with the bite some instruments naturally have, the leading edge of attacks are also diminished resulting in a decrease of the jump factor.
"The center image is also more diffuse with a wider soundstage, similar to sitting farther back in a concert. A friend borrowed the TruStream USB and it worked very well with the Nola KO speakers that already have a big soundstage because of their open back design.
"We compared the TruStream USB to a Nobility USB, Supra USB, Straightwire USB-Link, and a Curious Cable. Three different systems yielded three different preferences: I am sticking with the Straightwire, Ben likes the Curious Cable in his system, and Ken thinks the TruStream USB sounds the best at his house.
"In a bright, analytical or edgy digital system the Danacable TruStream USB will bring that certain magic. Classical music lovers will also love this cable. We played Fanfare for the Common Man by Copeland at lifelike levels and it sounded jaw dropping so if you listen to music real loud then the TruStream USB is the cable for you.
"It appears there is no one cable that is perfect for everyone, there are so many variables that the only sure way to audio bliss is to try out as may cables as you can. You will probably be as surprised as we all were at the results."
Ask Ken at JMaxwell what he remembers about the Curious Cable.