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Old 04-14-2019, 08:17 AM
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Default LAN cable from Aurender to Router

Hi aurender users. I know LAN cables make a difference, but does any of you know if the quality of the LAN cable between the aurender and the router will make a difference? The reason I ask is, I am looking at the A30 and my router is pretty far away from the system and if the LAN cable will make a difference in the quality of streaming from Tidal, than I must add the cost of a long audiophile LAN cable to the total budget we are talking about more than 15 meters.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:24 PM
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Answer; most definitely!
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There are at least two other pathways to consider beyond buying a long expensive Ethernet cable.

- Install an Audio grade Ethernet switch close to your Aurender and then a short high grade cable.
- Install the Gigafoil V4 Ethernet filter close to your Aurender and then a short high grade cable.

Do the math. I can tell you from my experiments, a Gigafoil and upgraded cable definitely improves the sound in my system. That is with 30’ of a generic Belden Ethernet cable.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:24 PM
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There are at least two other pathways to consider beyond buying a long expensive Ethernet cable.

- Install an Audio grade Ethernet switch close to your Aurender and then a short high grade cable.
- Install the Gigafoil V4 Ethernet filter close to your Aurender and then a short high grade cable.

Do the math. I can tell you from my experiments, a Gigafoil and upgraded cable definitely improves the sound in my system. That is with 30’ of a generic Belden Ethernet cable.
Thank you for the valuable feedback. Much appreciated.
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I am newly streaming Tidal through my N100H - and am in love

Related to the question above on ethernet cable - does anyone know how the Aurender technically receives the streamed data? For example, if you play an entire album, how is the data being received and processed - is the entire playlist 'downloaded' at once and buffered in the RAM of the caching drive? Or is it being transferred continuously (and just a few steps ahead of what you're hearing)?

Just trying to get my head around the role of the cable from the router and how it makes a difference (technically).

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I wait for an answer from others who know. I believe most streamers gather a buffer of some sort and am pretty sure it just about the data stream and has nothing to do with tracks, albums or playlists. It’s all about the bits!
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This video by digital audio reviewer Hans Beekhuzen should help you understand. And, why fiber sounds better than a run of ethernet. it also explains why the Gigafoil referenced above works, too.

https://youtu.be/48oepwZgYRw

Hans is my go-to reference for all things related to digital audio and streaming, as well as things like streamer reviews, how to set up speakers, etc. A very objectively minded guy who understands that the perception of music is a subjective experience. Highly recommended.
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This video by digital audio reviewer Hans Beekhuzen should help you understand. And, why fiber sounds better than a run of ethernet. it also explains why the Gigafoil referenced above works, too.

https://youtu.be/48oepwZgYRw

Hans is my go-to reference for all things related to digital audio and streaming, as well as things like streamer reviews, how to set up speakers, etc. A very objectively minded guy who understands that the perception of music is a subjective experience. Highly recommended.


I like him as well.
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I like him as well.
He's great. A straight-up guy with decades of experience with a sound, pragmatic and real-world sensibility. Much like John Darko in that respect. I really like them both very much.
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An AQVox "audiophile" newtwork switch also works wonders.
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