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Lately I have try to dig into the area of jitter free network audio transfer, and best method to ensure that this is happening. Here the use of buffers came up as the holy grail.
 
I been told by a member here that jitter https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jitter can’t exist in buffers. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_buffer
 
And no one has said otherwise, so I’m assuming this is a correct statement. 
So whatever jitter was present in your network chain, a buffer in the last piece of your chain will clean or remove whatever jitter and phase noise and different gremlins that may exist previously in your chain. 
 
This lead me think, why isn’t then buffers the answer to how to clean up jitter in any digital transfer ? It can’t be that simple ?
 
As an example, if all the Rendu’s had such buffers, (maybe they have?), shouldn’t they offer equal quality in SQ ?
Then the choice of internal clock shouldn’t matter either ? (Maybe why latest version of microRendu doesn’t have same clock as the more expensive Rendues, but same buffer). 
 
I (or someone else) must be mixing things here. What have I misunderstood ? Maybe there exist so many types of jitter, and that’s the confusing thing. 
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1 hour ago, R1200CL said:
So whatever jitter was present in your network chain, a buffer in the last piece of your chain will clean or remove whatever jitter and phase noise and different gremlins that may exist previously in your chain.

 

This is where it goes astray ... changing the jitter characteristics at some point in the path is highly likely to change things, but is no guarantee that "all the gremlins" are got rid of  - you may merely add a new set of issues, by having a buffer, which effectively nulls the benefit of including one.

 

Jitter is not a universal evil - but in digital audio has become the great baddy, that has to be struck down at all cost 😁 - I've managed to obtain competent playback without being obsessed about the matter, 😉. As always, in audio the how well things are done is far more important, than merely ticking another box to try and convince oneself that things are under control ...

Frank

 

http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Over and out.

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