Ethernet cable is probably the most controversial cable in HiFi. Many here (cable naysayers) chime in shortly stating off the shelf Belkin cable is just as good as AQ Vodka....it’s digital bits, 1’s and 0’s blah blah.
My personal favorite is Purist Audio Design CAT7. Very neutral, detailed and smooth sounding cable for the money.
@joecasey It will be helpful if you state a budget and length.
@lalitk conducted a direct comparison between a few LAN cables and ultimately chose the Purist (though I think he also liked the SoTM). And I believe he had some fellow audiophiles over to help with the shoot out and they also preferred the Purist, so his recommendation is vetted and a good one.
I like SoTM. There are many other good choices like Wireworld, etc.
@doug_schroeder also conducted a LAN shootout (his review is on Dagogo) and I believe he preferred Wireworld.
AudioBacon is another site to look at for in-depth LAN reviews. Audiostream would be another site to check.
Test a few options within your system to see what works best for you.
PS. I have had success with longer runs using more Cost Effective options like Supra CAT 8 and Oyaide.
The Synergistic Research UEF Ethernet transformed my system. I'm sure having the grounding plugged into the SR Active Grounding Block SE had a significant impact. Being able to voice the cable with the UEF Tuning bullets was very helpful. This cable retails for $3K though.
Supra CAT 8
arrived yesterday placing order just 3 days ago. It's much much quieter than AQ flushing out more details and resolution. Superior cohesion and 3D with well defined images. ~5 hours on it so far. Very happy with purchase.
is shipping from Japan scheduled to arrive mid March. So far so good :-)
Ethernet cables do not have a sonic signature as Jinjuku here demonstrated:
made a claim in that thread, not a demonstration. There are no details on how the test was conducted, no one monitored the process and the sample size wasn't stated but for the instance where it was just one person. So it appears this matter remains unresolved.
I have received my Oyaide IS-707 RJ Cable today. Right off the bat, nice build quality, flexible and high quality locking connectors seen only on uber-expensive cables. I will allow burn-in time between now and the weekend before I sit down for some critical listening / camparison.
Just installed 3 runs of Supra CAT8 in place of Terra CAT7. The music is noticeably more alive with no loss of body and soul. I almost never hear an undeniable improvement with cable changes. Not a component level upgrade improvement for sure; nonetheless, it justifies the cost of the Supras.
An Ethernet cable is one of the most common forms of network cable used on wired networks. Ethernet cables connect devices within a local area network, like PCs, routers, and switches. https://mcdvoice.me/
I just got into streaming Tidal music with my Aurender music server. I have to say the Tidal music quality is very good. Much better than Spotify. But when I compare the same songs between the WAV files stored in the unit and Tidal, I can still hear some minor differences. The WAV files still sound better than streaming. So, the question is, would the Tidal music sound as good if I upgrade the ethernet cable (between the Aurender and the router)? I am currently using the generic ethernet cable that comes with the router. Thanks.
I encourage you to 'treat' your router as you would any major audio component. In other words, apply proper isolation and make use of an upgraded power supply and power (DC) cable. This WILL enhance system performance as well.
@david_ten Thanks! I may give the Wireworld Starlight CAT8 a try first. It seems to be a popular cable for the Aurender owners. In my experience, I've learned that every single cable makes a difference, so I can see that ethernet cable matters too even though I struggle to comprehend.
Just replaced Supra with AQ Diamond from wall to DAC and improvements in ALL parameters. AD Diamond is expensive but well worth it.
I encourage you to 'treat' your router as you would any major audio
component. In other words, apply proper isolation and make use of an
upgraded power supply and power (DC) cable. This WILL enhance system
performance as well.
Agree! Sbooster LPS improved my Verizon Fios router performance.
Since a few weeks I use the Revelation Audio Labs CryoSilver Reference CAT8+/RJ-45 i2s Ethernet cable between my North Star Design cd transport and NSD extremo dac. It beats every ethernet cable I used before. A perfect match. I used the cat 5 of Revelation audio before. It gog broke because of thd cheap connectors after a few years. I tried several other cables. From cheap to expsive but it didn't work out well. I great soundstage and 3 dimensional experience didn't got back. It was very frustrating. Even tried a used White Gold of North Star. At the and I bought the new Revelation Audiolabs Cryo Silver Reference Cat 8 Ethernet cable. Good Price as compensation for the old broken one, good communication and fast delivery. The sound is incredible even when it will take some time more for totaly break inn. I am very happy.
All Ethernet cables serve the same basic purpose — to connect devices to networks, like the internet. Not all Ethernet cables are exactly the same, however. If you’ve ever found yourself in need of an Ethernet cable without any idea of which one you should pick, you’re not alone. Ethernet designations, like many things in modern networking standards, can be difficult to interpret and understand. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out which cable is right for you and your situation. mysubwaycardmygiftcardsitemcdvoicetutuapp
denialwade123"All Ethernet cables serve the same basic purpose — to connect devices to networks, like the internet."
Wow, that is amazing thank you for sharing this eye opening information so you are saying all ethernet cables do this every single, solitary ethernet cable ever made by every manufacturer in every factory in every country was specifically intended, designed and manufactured for this purpose? Please tell us more were they also designed for other purposes such as use as an AC cable, transatlantic cable, fiber optic cable, or speaker cable you sound like a qualified, informed, educated expert so please tell us!