Ethernet opinions

Hello everyone, I finally got my system setup. I had a few setbacks the past few months. My mom had lung cancer and passed away a month ago. It has been a journey getting my system set up which is part of the fun. I am running Pass Labs XP-12, pass 250.8, and Bricasti M3. My original plan was to run the Bricasti with a EERO mesh network since the modem is on the opposite end of the listening space. Needless to say the EERO mesh would not work and Roon could not see my M3. I was on the phone with Bricasti trouble shooting the issue. I removed my M3 from the system and double checked everything with it hard wired to the modem which worked. I was told I could really use any Ethernet for the most part as long as it’s cat 5 or 6. Well, I returned the EERO and got a 25 foot Ethernet cable from Best Buy for 10 dollars. The sound is much better then I was guessing running a 10 dollar cable, for me it’s deff a temp fix. Especially since I bought two audio quest vodka cables. I am using one of them now connecting the room nucleus to the modem at the moment. I have read a bit about blue Jean cables which seem to hold spec. I don’t see me buying a longer Audio quest vodka cable given the cost. In some ways I feel like I spent more then I should have on the Vodka cables at this point. Opinions please ?



@fredrik222 morning, one of the techs at Bricasti told me he uses generic Ethernet pretty much. He also said in his experience Ethernet is not an audio cable, it just passes information. There is so much out there these days. Seems the only way really is for someone to try it on their own. I have to admit the cable I do have sounds pretty good. I am curious to how much it would change. 

@shtr74sims yeah, there is a lot of people who wants you to waste money out there. 

on a different note, I am researching new streamers, so thanks for adding Bricasti to my list!

My house is fully wired with Ethernet, and it's all cat 5, which still works fine at speeds of 1GB, and will almost certainly work fine with 2.5GB when those switches come down in price.

In addition virtually every wall outlet plugs into a relatively inexpensive hub which feeds the receiver, the apple tv and one or two other things.  Everything works fine, there is no packet loss and changing cables around, particularly with the short cable run in most houses (300 feet is a short run) won't make a difference unless one of the cables is broken internally.

Remember, your DAC does not directly consume the output of Ethernet (which is an analog signal).  Inside each piece of equipment with an Ethernet jack is an Ethernet chip that decodes the signal and converts it to 1's and 0's.   So changing wires won't make a lick of difference.

If the sound isn't quite where you expect it in your equipment, it probably has a lot more to do with the acoustics of your room or the recording than anything.

@fredrik222 I got mine from a dealer off this site. I would most definitely do business with him again. It shipped directly from Bricasti.