- 40 posts total
- 40 posts total
You should care. Jitter is the #1 issue with digital playback and Ethernet enables the lowest jitter I have experienced in 15 years of doing this. This is why I abandoned my XMOS USB interface in favor of Ethernet. It will not matter how good your DAC is if the streaming interface produces too much jitter to achieve pinpoint imaging.
As with USB, the design and implementation of the Ethernet interface also matters. They are not all the same. In the best case, it can produce very low jitter. In the worst case, it could be worse than XMOS USB. And a Network player will not solve that for you unless it has a really good clock and interface design/implementation. Most of them have proven to have sub-par jitter performance using their S/PDIF outputs. They are better using an external USB interface. If that's any indication, you will NOT be better off with a network player. It's that last Ethernet interface before the D/A that uses the master clock that matters.
This is the whole advantage of Ethernet. You don't need to buy any fancy server or a computer with LPS powering it etc... Any computer on the network will do.
Bricasti, Berkley, Aeris....all good choices plus they have the benefit of really superior volume control if you need it. The Mytek Manhattan II which was mentioned is also a good option...I have the Manhattan I and it is great.
Among all, Bricasti would be my choice. The M1 SE can be fitted with an ethernet module as well which is Roon ready. One thing you are getting with Bricasti is absolutely top notch customer service.
I don't believe the Ethernet interface on Bricasti M1 SE is Roon ready. According to their website, it's DLNA, so it's compatible with Audirvana plus and Jriver, as is the Empirical Audio Overdrive SX.
Empirical Audio also offers a WIFI solution that sounds identical to the wired Ethernet.
Since these are similar, a shootout would be interesting, like this one: