Value of a premium Ethernet cable

In my current setup, digital music from a Roon ROCK NUC server travels through an Uptone Audio EtherRegen and a short link of fiber, thence to a long stretch of ordinary contractor-grade Cat 5a cable, and finally to a dCS Bartók streaming DAC.


At substantial effort and expense, I could rearrange things so the final length of Ethernet would be replaced by a single run of something like an Audioquest Vodka Ethernet cable. I'm wondering if anyone has experience of whether this is worth the trouble and expense. Well mostly the expense; the "trouble" is the hobby part of it.


Any suggestion what other than a sine wave is being transmitted? The interference messes with the shape of the sine wave thereby changing both amplitude and midpoint; hence my comment on clocking.

Imagine a group of people talking about which airlines have the best 1st Class cabin service, food and seat comfort.  Then someone walks up and says, “You know, the Coach seats arrive at the destination at the exact same time as the 1st Class seats, so why spend the extra money?”

A cave man may not have understood the nature of fire but he learned that striking two hard rocks together made sparks and could start a fire and then he developed  the art of cooking.  I don’t understand the nature of transmitting data via the internet but I know audio.  Me like sound of silver plated Ethernet cables.  Ugh!


If you have already done comparison between LAN cables and found no audible differences then it shouldn’t matter what anyone else heard or believes. Just keep in mind, most of us here are only speaking from our experiences in the context of our audio system and listening skills.

Audioquest vodka is exactly what I am using between my Etherregen and my streamer.  I run a cinnamon 10M cable from my router to my switch.  Both are silver plated.  Excellent results.  Vodka is only .5M long (or so).

I recently swapped the vodka with a german cable of similar price, very similar results.

I recently loaned the ER to a friend for a week and when I got it back i was very happy.  Having the quality cable downstram of it seems to make sense.

Of course your mileage may vary.  In another thread people are posting they can't tell the difference between wifi and wire.  so it depends on your system and your ears.




I don’t think flaming you is appropriate.

‘However, like scientist; observe.

Try a cheap cable like Blue Jeans, a well reviewed $500 cable and a $1,000 one. And despite all the logic they are likely to sound sound very significantly better (depending on the quality of your system). This is the acid test. Then you start working on hypothesis as to why this might be true.

Starting from the logic that it can’t make a difference is a great way to get it all wrong. For the last fifty years of me trying that (to logic it out) and being proven wrong by observation every time has cured me of believing in that approach. Also, I was a scientist for over a decade.