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5 hours ago, the_doc735 said:

what is it please?

see here posted earlier and in my signature below...:

 


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I guess this is as good a thread to ask this question as any.....

 

I have a HTPC that has a slot open to install my JCAT LAN card.  But I need to install a switch into the network at this point.

 

I have a Lumin X1 that has both Optical SFP module port as well as regular ethernet network input port.  I have decided that I want to try using the GigaFoil V4 inline ethernet filter and then go into the X1 Network input...not the Optical port on the X1.

 

My question is if the benefits of the JCAT LAN card are diminished when I install the Cisco switch?

 

These are the two possible options I am looking at.

 

Option 1:  HTPC > JCAT LAN > Cat 6 > Cisco Switch > Cat 6 > GigaFoil V4 > Cat6 > Lumin X1 Network Port

 

Option 2: HTPC > Mobo LAN > Cat6 > Cisco Switch > Cat6 > GigaFoil V4 > Cat6 > Lumin X1 Network Port

 

If I understand this correctly the Cisco switch would reclock the signal and the benefits of the JCAT LAN are no longer there.  Is this basically the case?  The JCAT is powered by an Uptone JS-2 is that is of any consequence...


 

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I'm currently using the Cisco 2960-8-TC Catalyst switch and with all the audiophile switches being released was wondering if one of these would be a worthwile upgrade over the Cisco.

 

Has anyone compared the Cisco Catalyst in their system with products like the SOtM sNH-10G or switches from AQVox, Paul Pang or TLS?  

 

Most comparisons of audiophile switches I have found seem to be with low cost consumer grade switches, see for instance https://audiobacon.net/2019/04/05/sotm-snh-10g-audiophile-ethernet-switch-review/3/ and https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-90-mergingplayer-pl8-page-2

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On 2/19/2019 at 3:52 AM, the_doc735 said:

back to topic please!

what is the best audiophile switch? 

 

..thread hijacked!

Direct connection.


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On 4/7/2019 at 6:45 AM, McNulty said:

I'm currently using the Cisco 2960-8-TC Catalyst switch and with all the audiophile switches being released was wondering if one of these would be a worthwile upgrade over the Cisco.

 

Has anyone compared the Cisco Catalyst in their system with products like the SOtM sNH-10G or switches from AQVox, Paul Pang or TLS?  

 

Most comparisons of audiophile switches I have found seem to be with low cost consumer grade switches, see for instance https://audiobacon.net/2019/04/05/sotm-snh-10g-audiophile-ethernet-switch-review/3/ and https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-90-mergingplayer-pl8-page-2

 

@McNulty @plissken

  notice the part in the AudioBacon assessment where the reviewer literally pulls the plug and listens....

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For those interested: in his latest video, Hans Beekhuyzen states in his opinion both the AQVox and the SOtM are improvements over the Cisco. 

 

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On 4/7/2019 at 6:45 AM, McNulty said:

I'm currently using the Cisco 2960-8-TC Catalyst switch and with all the audiophile switches being released was wondering if one of these would be a worthwile upgrade over the Cisco.

 

Has anyone compared the Cisco Catalyst in their system with products like the SOtM sNH-10G or switches from AQVox, Paul Pang or TLS?  

 

Most comparisons of audiophile switches I have found seem to be with low cost consumer grade switches, see for instance https://audiobacon.net/2019/04/05/sotm-snh-10g-audiophile-ethernet-switch-review/3/ and https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-90-mergingplayer-pl8-page-2

I will for sure compare it to the etherregen when available. The improvements I got with the Cisco were great not just with audio but also with image. For around 60 $ (second hand, new were almost 700$) it was one of best audio investment I ever made. If I may suggest try also a good LPS with your router and you will see a difference, again on sound and image.

cheers,

Jorge


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On 4/7/2019 at 3:45 AM, McNulty said:

I'm currently using the Cisco 2960-8-TC Catalyst switch and with all the audiophile switches being released was wondering if one of these would be a worthwile upgrade over the Cisco.

 

Has anyone compared the Cisco Catalyst in their system with products like the SOtM sNH-10G or switches from AQVox, Paul Pang or TLS?  

 

Most comparisons of audiophile switches I have found seem to be with low cost consumer grade switches, see for instance https://audiobacon.net/2019/04/05/sotm-snh-10g-audiophile-ethernet-switch-review/3/ and https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-90-mergingplayer-pl8-page-2

I have a Cisco catalyst 3750 and HP 2626.  These are better than a consumer Netgear switch.  But i also have an Aqvox Switch 8 that sounds better than the Cisco and HP. but an sNH-10G ultra sounds best.

For those of use with network shares or multiple systems a switch is a necessity.  At gig speed I'm guessing the switch behaves like an antennae and picks up RFI.  But I don't have any instrumentation to test this.

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57 minutes ago, TubeMan said:

Remember that the 3750 is a layer 3 switch that needs to be properly configured to operate optimally

my friend did this for me through his laptop.  i assumed he did this properly.  he is an HP network architect.

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On 2/27/2019 at 1:51 PM, TubeMan said:

I assumes that people is so smart
that they read the compatibility list before they buy the SPF

Hi,i just  ordered the cisco catalyst ws-c2960-8tc-s, and the optimodule from sonore ,sfp and optical cable from sonore as well.

i just realised this switch is not the gygabit version? Is it ok? Did i did wrong choice?

will it work?

i wanted go fiber from the cisco to optimodule then ethernet to streamer?

thks

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optical is the way to go - you might search up the threads started by @jabbr

 

who has been very generous with his very expensive time

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12 hours ago, sakso136 said:

Hi,i just  ordered the cisco catalyst ws-c2960-8tc-s, and the optimodule from sonore ,sfp and optical cable from sonore as well.

i just realised this switch is not the gygabit version? Is it ok? Did i did wrong choice?

will it work?

i wanted go fiber from the cisco to optimodule then ethernet to streamer?

thks

Most of the ports on that switch are not gigabit, EXCEPT the RJ-45 and SFP cage off to the side, they both work at gigabit. So if you connect the opticalModule to one of those it should work.

 

John S.

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Yes you can !!
That switch is one of the best Audio Switch to get,
without the Audiophile hype !!
Has been used for many years on Naim systems/users

 

and by myself as "Audio Switch"

 

use a good powercord  and that will be a nice upgrade

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Thk you very much !

i will!one isotek pc is waiting!

i experienced with few options one of them is the sotm switch.

i will report here my findings!

i

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How is the Apple Time Capsule rated here? I use it wifi to stream music files before and after HQP processing on main machine and then the data is switched to a NAA via UDP (no metal at connection) ethernet cable

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Hi, i received the Cisco Catalyst switch and the optimodule combo.

i used the last 2 input for sfp and ethernet.

i have trouble connecting to the internet,so need help here pls.

on the mac book, under settings it shows status: connected but ethernet is yellow and state: self assigned ip.

i tried manually typing the ip adress of the router supplying the cisco with no success.

i tried connecting a tv box to the other output of the switch, same, ethernet is in, but no internet.

thks

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3 hours ago, sakso136 said:

Hi, i received the Cisco Catalyst switch and the optimodule combo.

i used the last 2 input for sfp and ethernet.

i have trouble connecting to the internet,so need help here pls.

on the mac book, under settings it shows status: connected but ethernet is yellow and state: self assigned ip.

i tried manually typing the ip adress of the router supplying the cisco with no success.

i tried connecting a tv box to the other output of the switch, same, ethernet is in, but no internet.

thks

 

Not sure which model, but you can usually only have one uplink at a time - sfp or ethernet. Try connecting the ethernet in into one of the regular ports. 


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