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.