Cat 6 is fine for streaming audio. Ethernet cables work or they don't. You will read all kinds of subjective opinions from night and day difference to none at all. If you're bored and want to try get 25 feet of expensive wire and compare just do the comparison blind and let your ears decide not your eyes.
Ethernet cables work or they don'tTrouble shooting. Pages 8 thru 11
Just one example.
An Ethernet cable may work but the receiving device may exhibit occasional errors.
One possible cause.
• Poor quality patch cords
Yes poor quality patch cables cause problems so it’s best to stick with cables that meet standards. I always make sure they have the appropriate labeling.
Little more info on choosing the right cables.
Your CAT 7 cable is operating like a CAT 6A with standard connectors if it is
In addition, the link impedance of this standard is 100 Ω. What’s more, there is no equipment that has connectors supporting the Class F (Category 7) channel and Class FA (Category 7a) channel. Category 7 and Category 7a are not recognized by the TIA/EIA.
When I switched from cat6 to cat7 cable I experienced significantly fewer dropouts@ kren0006
Just a guess the CAT6 cable is a UTP ( Unshielded Twisted Pair) and the CAT7 is a STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) cable. It’s the shielding that is making the differences you are hearing, imo.
Example of CAT6 UTP unshielded Ethernet cable.
Example only of a CAT 7 STP shielded twisted pair Ethernet cable.
Connectors are probably CAT6 or CAT6a shielded type plugs.
The biggest difference I have heard is with switch itself. I changed my Cisco SG switch to a Ubiquiti smaller switch and noticed a drop in crispness, separation, and clarity. I have come to realize this is all about clean power. The cable carries noise into the dac/stream. I haven’t tried Ethernet cables as much, though I imagine the better shielding and noise suppression the better the performance.
The cable carries noise into the dac/stream. I haven’t tried Ethernet cables as much, though I imagine the better shielding and noise suppression the better the performance.That's why different USB and possibly Ethernet cables have different sound. These cables causes some type of noise downstream that affect the clocking of the DAC circuit. The better the cable, the less the noise will get through and get suppressed.
Ideally you have a DAC that gets clocked exactly at the same period with no jitter or noise. But the clock gets corrupted with noise from other sources such as USB/Ethernet. Even with asynchronous and local clocking, clock can still get corrupted.