I am really looking forward to this evolution of the Rendu platform and improving my SQ. In anticipation, I did a couple of experiments: 1) I purchased a Startech USB to Fiber converter. I hooked it up to my Intel NUC ROON ROCK server and then using a short Startech fiber GBIC to GBIC cable, hooked it up to my Cisco switch that has 2 10G fiber ports. I wanted to make sure that the ROCK server could communicate to the switch and in turn to the Internet. It worked! Success #1. 2) This first experiment was a step to this one. I read in another forum post that a member had the best SQ using a dedicated Ethernet connection to their Rendu from the server which had a second separate connection to the switch and in turn to the Internet. My idea was to do the same, but with fiber. My Rendu is about 50 feet from my ROON ROCK server. So, using the Startech USB to fiber converter on the server, I purchased a 50 foot fiber cable, and at the Rendu end, used a TrendNet fiber to Ethernet converter to connect to the Rendu. Note that I then needed a short Ethernet cable from the TrendNet converter to the Rendu. I used a 3 foot cable. It worked! Success #2. 3) Now I’m almost ready for the Optical Rendu. I just need to run the fiber under my floor instead of across it. Then, once my Optical Rendu arrives, I will be able to eliminate the TrendNet converter since the fiber will go directly into the Rendu. Nice!
Oh, forgot to mention that during this last test, seemed to me that a veil had been lifted from the music playing on my system as well as better transients. I’m convinced that this is a result of the fiber which replace the 50 foot length of Ethernet and because the fiber is not subject to ANY EMI/RFI. This implies, of course, that the Ethernet (Copper-based) is subject to this interference, which it is. I’m excited for this next evolution and I’m already on Jesus’ email list.