Comparing Ethernet to fibre is not straightforward: much depends on the FMCs and their power supplies. Often fibre is accused of being somewhat bland relative to an optimal ethernet connection; conversely getting an optimal ethernet connection takes a lot more effort. If your streamer accepts it, fibre is the easier, but may not be the better solution. (btw, I do not understand where you use the ethernet connection, I assume from the end post FMC to the streamer?)
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@antigrunge2 thanks for your insight…my set up is: mesh router-ethernet-FMC-fiber-FMC-ethernet-Bricasti M5 network streamer-USB-Dac….both FMC’s on LPS and Bricasti has built in LPS. I have tried different quality ethernet cables within this set up and couldn’t discern any SQ difference. Is that due to fiber doing it’s job or just my system not up to the task? Thanks
I'm sure I'll get flamed, but...the file delivered to your streamer is bit checked and once the streamer has what it needs it plays whatever it was sent, no matter what cable delivered it.
Cables matter, I am not a cable naysayer, but if you can stream 4K video successfully over wifi, then an audio file is a piece of cake, so a decent quality ethernet cable (I use Blue Jeans) is all you need.
Power supplies, downstream cables, the DAC etc. all matter - more.
the bits are bits argument has been roundly defeated. Along with the bits travel ground level and EFI/RFI interferences that wreak havoc with the shape of the sine wave being transmitted leading to serious issues at the D/A conversion stage with deleterious outcomes on SQ. Cables and clocking matter.
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