would innuos mk3 streamer benefit from network filter

I just got an innuos mk3 streamer.  The sound is not as good as my lumin u2 mini or aurender n100.


Sound is  a bit harsh to me, could just be my system or hearing, maybe it is more detailed, experienced as harshness.


Might it benefit from a network filter?




Not familiar with a mark3, but have a Pulse which sounded very good out of the box connected to my DAC with an Audioquest Carbon usb and using the supplied mains lead. After a week or two of adjusting to the superb sq I switched the mains lead to an Audioquest NRG z3 mains cable and the sq deteriorated. Quickly switched back to the supplied lead (uk) and sq restored. A mystery as I use  Z3s for my DAC, SACD and Luxman amp with good results. 

You can tweak the Settings for better sound :-

Go to Settings

-> Audio -> Select low latency

-> Advanced Settings

-> Compact music library database

-> Clear queue cache


Yes, the filters, cables, etc offered by Network Acoustics do a great job on the ethernet side of things. What usb cable and dac are you using. Also, ensure that your settings in Roon bypass the dsp, etc.

Thanks for the responses.

I bought the unit used so break in shouldn't be an issue.  But I will give it time,  maybe it wasn't used much.  The Lumin u2 mini improved greatly with time.

I am using it with a Schiit Yggdrasil.

No power conditioner.  Decent cables but not real high end.  But the Lumin and the Aurender both sound great with this setup.  I was thinking maybe the Lumin and the Aurender somehow did a better job filtering the ethernet,  in which case a filter would help?

I am sure I could get better cables, switches, routers etc.  but since the Lumin and Aurender both sound great I really don't want to go down that road.  

These are all being used with a Raven Audio Blackhawk which has never been a bottleneck with anything I have used so far.

Thanks for the tips on tweaking the sound. Tried low latency, didn't seem to make much of a difference , I will also try the other tweaks,


Maybe it is just a bad system match or just my particular hearing proclivities.




Thanks ro all who replied.

I had a similar problem

The quality improved by adding a very decent USB cable (FTA sinope), Innuos Phoenix USB and power filtering, but was still too digital.  Too hard.

What fixed it was the ethernet stage, namely adding an Uptone EtherRegen, then further expansion of its secondary components:  LPS, fiber input into its SFP slot, and finally a clock.  It now sounds smooth, rich, detailed and very musical.  What sibilance previously existed has now gone.

Given I'm reclocking the Zenith's output already, it's remarkable how also reclocking the ethernet stage improves things further.   

With the new EtherRegen out in June you should see plenty of v1 on eBay etc