@macg19 I can highly recommend the EtherRegen. Version 1 of it has just been made available again for a limited run. You'll have to move quickly to grab one.
Version 2 is still work in progress
I tried the Pangea Premier SE and the AQ Cinnamon this weekend. I was using a Blue Jeans (Belken) Cat 6 ($20).
I also had a closer listen to WiFi.
I REALLY wanted to send the AQ back, so if there was any bias...
The AQ Cinnamon is staying.
So, I definitely learned something from this thread; that everything matters EVEN ethernet cables and you don't have to have a $10K+ digital front end to hear it.
But no, I will not be trying the AQ Diamond.
Congratulations are in order but you also have my condolences as you go deeper down the rabbit hole. Actually it can save you money in the long run Streaming sounds so good now I don’t need to always buy the record or CD- or download
I always hope to be able to send back some new cable or component. It doesn’t happen often.
Cables just work. The cable makers know something but they hold their cards pretty close to their vest. They don’t give away much about how their cables work.
@macg19 interesting how cables perform differently in different systems. I compared Amazon cat 8 generic, BJ, Pangea SE and AQ Cin and could hear no discernible difference. Returned them all kept Amazon. I have a Bricasti M5 network streamer with an optical set up that might be the reason. I did hear a difference between Wifi and cabled on my prior set up. To each his own…