Is it just WiFi performance that's with the Airport Extreme? Or does it even apply to it's wired performance?
I'm currently using it as a router with WiFi switched off (I've moved into a small apartment recently and generally have WiFi switched off, using my Surface Pro 4 as my Roon Core via ethernet connection to the AirPort Extreme.
So the chain for my headphones setup is: SP4 > USB to ethernet adapter > Apple AirPort Extreme > DirectStream DAC & Roon Ready Bridge II > Oppo HA-1 Class A Headphone Amp > Sennheiser HD800-S
I think the Airport Extremes use all Broadcom chips inside so I thought the build and performance should be top notch.
The Roon recommended Asus RT-AC5300 looks to be using latest generation Broadcom chips so I was even considering that as an upgrade. The GT model uses even better chips I believe, especially for the switch chip.
I don't like that I can't reduce the 2.4Ghz transmission power of the AirPort Extreme but I could with the Asus, so I'd then switch on the WiFi to the lowest power setting, for use around the apartment, as I don't need full strength in this small apartment.
Appreciate your thoughts.