Although not silver, MeiCord of Germany appear to have quite a few fans.
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So let me get this straight:
You're using a wireless signal from your source to 2 ft from your DAC and then have your DAC connected by the last 2 feet by a solid silver ethernet cable?
It seems to me that you would be better off selling the silver ethernet cable and using the proceeds to wire your house for ethernet, eliminating the need for the wireless connection. It will be more secure, not subject to interference and signal degradation with distance, walls, etc.
My semi-managed 24-port ethernet switch shows me that the number of successfully transmitted and received data packets over all ports number in the millions, and the number of errors is zero. There's no silver involved in my home's network wiring, and the wires are much longer than your 2ft cable.
I personally have a hard time with exotic materials in digital data cables that transmit data in packets when we have very proven conventional cables that do this flawlessly.
Just my 2 cents.
From a technical standpoint, given the packetized and buffered nature of ethernet data transmission, and given that the timing of D/A conversion is inherently asynchronous to the timing of the ethernet data, as I see it there are only two means by which an ethernet cable that isn't defective could affect sonics:
1)RFI (radio frequency interference) that is emitted from the cable affecting downstream circuit points.
2)RFI that is picked up by the cable somehow manages to bypass the ethernet interface at the receiving end and affect downstream circuit points.
Were those effects to have any significance in a given setup, cable shielding and cable geometry could conceivably make a difference. But not silver vs. copper.
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Setup. Ethernet for me is just to use Wifi to my Ipad to direct my library and router.
Direct connection is allways best for performance,streaming is nice for casual listening. Maybe some day it will be equal
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The responses here are still valid today (2020). As for the metals used, I am impressed that they do make a difference, even in Ethernet cables.
J-Cat makes one with a small percentage of gold, similar to interconnect cables made by Silnote Audio. I did not see Ethernet cables on the Silnote site (not yet anyway).
As usual, the prices are all over the place.
@bazza: I just purchased a silver USB and a silver ethernet cable from Walter Wegryzn. WOW. These cables are the real deal at an affordable price. I was previously using a generic USB cable and a Supra CAT 8 ethernet cable in these positions. Walter is one of the good guys in audio. Very knowledgeable and helpful.
The whole point of the Ethernet is its error-correcting protocol. Packets of data are bundled up, sent down the cable, and unbundled into identical data at the other end. There is no such thing as one network-compatible Ethernet cable sounding different to another, whatever you think your ears are hearing. Any actual difference you are hearing are due to something other than the choice of Ethernet cable.
I’ve been a professional network engineer for 20 years. I started when Arcnet was hip. Spent the majority of my years reading packets traces from Arcnet, BNC, source routed token ring to current. Cat 5 or 6 cable is sufficient to pass far more data than one node could ever send. It’s not sound traveling over the wire, it’s data packets. Provided that you don’t have defective devices, ports, cables, or interference that causes drops/retransmissions….it would be a complete waste of resources to use rare metals for this or any other reason.