TAS had a recent article on different configurations using optical. Pretty interesting stuff. One option was to use an FMC (fiber media converter). the converters seem relatively inexpensive so I'm interested in giving it a try. Has anyone tried this? I should mention that I'm getting my ethernet thru a power outlet. Just wondering if there would be any added benefit or does going from a power outlet to ethernet to optical sound too "noisy".
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I think it all depends upon your connection bandwidth. When my connection went from a DSL line that posted ~3.6 Mbps to a fiber optic one that posts ~250 Mbps I did notice an important sound quality improvement with Tidal streaming. This surprised me. And even more importantly, I no longer run into drop outs and tracks stopping spontaneously.
I believe the optical thrust is to get galvanic isolation to remove electrical noise that could be feeding into your DAC. I guess that might be good, regardless, but I can only guess, since I haven't tried that yet.
I’ve been streaming qobuz hi-resolution files with so-so results (the quality is somewhere between MP3 and CD). I want to upgrade my Sonore ultrarendu to the opticalrendu but for that I need a fiber connection.The file quality on Qobuz is 16/44.1 minimum, so it sounds like something else is wrong with your system. You should be getting much higher quality and I don’t think a fiber connection will make any improvement for you.