Hi - FYI really. I’ve just added a Netgear Switch after the Ethernet output on my CX to go the my speakers directly. The Dutch & Dutch 8c’s are roonready so all my system consists of is them and a AMS-CX server. I’m effectively using the switch as a splitter for the two IP addresses needed; one for each speaker.
Much to my surprise there is a significant gain in sound quality by using the above method.
@MarkCole do you know if doing this has been experimented with before and if it’s OK or recommended to split the direct ethernet output out via a switch? I can still access all the controls and room correction software of the D&D 8C’s via the dedicated app, so everything is working 100%
The power to the switch comes from the CX’s ‘power on’ USB port, so is probs the best supply it can get.
I also have a Plex HD 300w (surplus to requirements) Linear PSU which I’ve not tried, but that’s also an option - albeit a little overkill for a 5v 0.6A (max 3w) draw.
So now I’ve got a fair few familiar albums listened too, there’s a distinct improvement; it sounds warmer, more analog / realistic / tangible, the soundstage has improved and layering’s better defined. I’d recommend this little tweak to anyone who’s using the Ethernet output.
There’s plenty of reports of switches making a difference. CISCO 2960 being a 25$ example. I consider myself a scientist. I know my knowledge is limited in this field, so I view reported evidence with more credence. There’s no doubt in my mind, it can make a difference. It doesn’t cost much to find out fortunately.
Thanks for that. Will you be using it with an LPS?
I see there is a TP-Link TL-SG105S. Do you know what the difference is? They are both about £15 so well worth a play for not much money.
All I can say is that I hear very clear differences in sound with my K50 when connected to my router using different switches. The two ‘audiophile’ ones I tried were the EtherRegen and the PhoenixNET and they were also quite different in sound. The latter one was the only one which to my ears was the same sound as not connecting the K50 at all to the ethernet (ie pulling the the ethernet cable mid track). The ER had an effect that I could see some people liking but to me it was a coloured sound as opposed to an accurate one. All the non audiophile ones I tried (a mixture of various Netgear and Cisco) gave various degrees of hardening to the sound.