When my second son was setting up his mobile recording studio we wanted an external RAID array for speed (more speed, more channels/resolution possible) and security. The fastest bus available was gigabit ethernet at the time. I tried a whole bunch of cables, short/long (from 30cm to 50 feet), CAT6, CAT7, Teflon, Polypropylene, litz/solid core. I was not able to hear any differences on the original raw masters. The quality of the hardware and the performances were not in the way of judgement. No DSP, EQ, anything. I listened through speakers and headphones.
We did not mess with switches.
| Romy the Cat wrote:|
I have no dog in this fight, in fact I have even no opinion on the subject. However, the subject is kind of fascinating and ridicules at the same time.
The guys who sell digital audio and all of those NAS storages for DAWs and network streaming hardware, they all insist that Ehernet cables wary by sound quality. Hmmmmm. I do not know.
We all know that digital cables between PCM transports and DACs do the same digital and we all make fan of the BS regarding "shaping the leading edge of the pulse". Still for one of other reasons no one would argue that coaxial all RCA , XLR and BNC do sound different. I would like to let aside the stories about dither and matching between the coaxial cable topology to the specific interface implementation. The coaxial do sound different and it is what it is.
Now we have the Cat6 Ehernet cables? Do those suckers sound different as well? I would like do not be explained why, I would like to be left in life some room for sanity, but I would like to be told that somebody in fact did this test. The most interesting is how to do the test? If I take a HH in NAS and locate it 1foot from PC and then move it 20 foot from PC then would I hear the sound of those 20 feet Ehernet cables? What would it be if I have a switch between it? Shall I hear it? Well, I truly do not know how to think about all of it.
Rgs, the Cat
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
There is always the argument that if you can't hear it, it can simply mean that your hearing sucks.......