Not for objectivist or those who believe bits are bits


(Music and Shawarma Lover) #29

Some of these tweaks on a Windows-based RAAT endpoint could possibly be relevant. Any of this applied to the core, if it is not also the endpoint, cannot.


(Ged) #30

It’s a good job that Tidal, Qobuz and all of the intermediate carriers are also applying these tweaks or heaven knows what might arrive down that bit of copper that was installed by an apprentice at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon.


(Sean) #31

As one example only… point #8… if you chat with the designer of your DAC about audiophile ethernet cables, especially the shielded ones with metal connectors, I’m sure they will confirm these cables can potentially be a nice pathway for ground currents / leakage currents… and help pickup and radiate RF which may affect analogue electronics… so in this case, an audiophile ethernet cable certainly can sound different to a cheap Charlie UTP cable…

But as per my earlier post, here is one example where ‘different’ may not be necessarily technically better… different here may actually give the (false) perception of hearing more ‘detail’ but you may actually be hearing and enjoying the effects of more RF…

This kind of example has nothing to do with what happens at the Tidal server end but explainable potential mechanisms near sensitive analogue electronics… Thorsten (the designer of your DAC) is a good source for this kind of info if you’re interested, for learning purposes…