Ethernet opinions

Hello everyone, I finally got my system setup. I had a few setbacks the past few months. My mom had lung cancer and passed away a month ago. It has been a journey getting my system set up which is part of the fun. I am running Pass Labs XP-12, pass 250.8, and Bricasti M3. My original plan was to run the Bricasti with a EERO mesh network since the modem is on the opposite end of the listening space. Needless to say the EERO mesh would not work and Roon could not see my M3. I was on the phone with Bricasti trouble shooting the issue. I removed my M3 from the system and double checked everything with it hard wired to the modem which worked. I was told I could really use any Ethernet for the most part as long as it’s cat 5 or 6. Well, I returned the EERO and got a 25 foot Ethernet cable from Best Buy for 10 dollars. The sound is much better then I was guessing running a 10 dollar cable, for me it’s deff a temp fix. Especially since I bought two audio quest vodka cables. I am using one of them now connecting the room nucleus to the modem at the moment. I have read a bit about blue Jean cables which seem to hold spec. I don’t see me buying a longer Audio quest vodka cable given the cost. In some ways I feel like I spent more then I should have on the Vodka cables at this point. Opinions please ?



@shtr74sims  I am sure he has, until you start putting out those pesky things like facts, then the name callings comes.

I'm in the camp that the upgrading the ethernet connection will not help or have anything to do with sound quality.  Just make sure it's Cat5e or Cat 6 and that the cable is well terminated and you will be fine. 

The best solution, if you can swing it, is to run an ethernet drop from where you modem/router is to where you streamer/DAC is.  If you are in a single-story house, you can probably run the cable through the attic and down the walls to ports on both sides.  Nice and clean.

Just FYI, 96/24 only needs around 6 MBits /s of Ethernet, 128/24 only needs around 8 Mbits. Any Ethernet cable made in the last 20 years would work. and still have plenty left over. :)

Cat 5 at 100 Mbit/s has 13x more capacity than you'd need at 128/24, while 1GigE 130x more. 



I wish I didnt hear marked differences between high quality cable A, high quality cable B and the excellent linkup/Amazon cable. While my own experience is far from scientific, I found streamed Qobuz/Tidal music over the Linkup sounded excellent but several considerable steps behind the same tracks stream from the internal storage of my server/streamer. High quality cable A sounded better but still behind those streamed from the internal drive and high quality cable B (my current reference) streamed files sound virtually indistinguishable from the files on the internal drive.


Try things and if you don’t hear a positive difference then don’t keep them. Don’t believe anything or anyone but your ears.