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 ?



@jafant thank you, the search is on hold at the moment. I just finished training with the military and I am leaving at the end of the week to go to Mexico to visit my wife’s family. I will receive my butcher block tonight from ikea and I had a friend install brass inserts so I can use the iso bands from butcher block acoustics for my DAC. 🙂



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@jafant thanks for the support. I am probably going to do acoustic panels first. I will get more out on everything that way too. I have talked to GIK a bit as well as @audphile1 about them. Just need the time to sit down and decide what I want to get at this point. 

AudioQuest is known for producing higher-end cables, including their Vodka series. These cables are designed with specific construction and materials that are claimed to improve performance. However, whether the improvement in sound quality justifies the higher cost is subjective and depends on personal preferences and priorities.

Blue Jeans Cable is another popular brand that offers Ethernet cables at a lower price point. Their focus is on providing cables that meet the necessary specifications while maintaining affordability. Many users have reported great results with Blue Jeans Cable and have found them to be a cost effective option.

Ultimately, the decision to invest in a high-end cable like AudioQuest or a more affordable alternative like Blue Jeans Cable depends on personal preference, budgetary considerations, and the importance you place on potential sound quality improvements. It's worth noting that in some cases, the differences between cables may be imperceptible and inconspicuous in a given setup.