Is there a downside to cleaning up the signal right before entering your streamer? I have an inexpensive dumb switch from Amazon and cheap commercial CAT 5 in the walls of my new house. I couldn’t get the builders to upgrade the Ethernet cable. I added a Shunyata Sigma Ethernet cable from the wall to my streamer and it made a substantial improvement to the sound. Am I to expect that a $2000 switch will substantial improve the sound?
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@vonhelmholtz “It can”, but it doesn’t mean it will. It will depend on the amount of noise coming in as the Ethernet Switch UEF will do an incredible job reclocking and filtering the signal. For me, I had the EtherRegen a few years ago and it made minor to negligible difference. But then someone suggested for me to add a $600 Farad Super3 LPS, which then I added a $1K cable to. Noticeable jump in improvement. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I tried to use the Farad in another application and fried it. This drove me to sell the EtherRegen and upgrade to the SR Ethernet Switch UEF about 16 months ago. It was a substantial improvement for me. I’m now at a point where I cannot at all tell the difference between my streaming files and the ones stored locally on the Aurender N30SA.
I just became a Synergistic Research dealer as of last week, btw, so take this input with a grain of salt. But most of my loom and accessories for the last five years have used their products, so while I deal for them, I was already advocating for them before I went into the hifi business.
IMHO, the benefits of high end switch gear is not from the switches but from:
I'll be dead of laughter before I spend more than $50 on an Ethernet switch itself though.
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