Testing Ethernet switch

If you have bought an "audio" Ethernet switch, don't bother with this thread 

If you question Ethernet switches, here is one test of one brand. 

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I tried an audiophile switch back to back with a cheap off the shelf switch and couldn't hear the difference. My system is fairly resolving and I would have gladly paid the price but I couldn't hear a difference 

but I'm not emotional about it- if you can discern an improvement, that's great, go for it. Definitely a good idea to test an expensive switch in your system before dropping the cash but if it improves your experience good for you, just didn't do anything for mine. 

@kerrybh +1

I tried a Melco switch then returned it.  
A lot of the these arguments apply to many other facets in audio as well.  If people want to spend their money on perceived improvements, it’s their choice.  As long as reasonably priced alternatives remain available for the rest of us, no harm, no foul.


"The point I am making is no one should trust their brain to be objectively accurate."


This garbage is so old.

Go save the world somewhere else.


I enjoy this forum and have learned a lot- especially from the good folks who have responded when I've asked for advice. I'm amazed at how much passion this hobby brings. The descent into personal invective over the relative importance of posting photos of your system a few weeks ago was entertaining, comical and vaguely disturbing all at the same time. 

the switch discussion is similar. I couldn't hear a difference and have a hard time understanding how it could matter- kinda like fuses. But if someone finds it's an improvement it's not for me to deny their experience- maybe my old ears aren't good enough. On the other hand, I thought I could hear improved sound with higher end cables- not ten grand cables but better than stock. So I bought them

was the improvement real? Imagined? Confirmation bias?

I don't know. Don't really care because it sounded better to me. And it's listening to music, not a physics test. 

measurements can be useful and are objective 

what somebody considers to be pleasing sound is inherently subjective


Folks  may wish to stay naïve, Folks may wish to learn. Folks may read my posts, Folks may choose not to. 


Quick Amazon search:

Budget 50' CAT6e  $8.75  Budget twin fiber  $29.49

Budget fiber switch $375, Budget copper $21.99   

You can use fiber to copper converters if you have fewer clients for a little less. 

As I keep saying and one particular person does not seem to read, Fiber works just fine. Passes the same IP traffic but just costs more. A solution in search of a problem.