Not trying to start a war here, but I got myself some Wireworld Starlight Ethernet cable, and I like the results compared to the generic Cat6 I had. My perception is that improves the detail and the resolution on my setup (headphones).
Most of WW dealers allow for in home trial, so no risk for you guys to try. If it does not work / improve things on your setup, return it. You’re out only the shipping. PM me for a good WW dealer that gives a very nice discount.
I am now looking at ethernet switches that are discussed extensively over the CA forums.
Again, just my opinion. Please no judging. We all “vote” with our money.
Yes, the jacks on all my S/STP cable are all metal. All the other Cat 5e and 6 cables I have are plastic. I didn’t find much info or discussion on the female receptor jacks on switches and routers and whether they are shielded or not. Some have metal casing around the female port, others have plastic. Maybe I’m being dense and not grasping it.
Anyways, I did briefly compare my S/STP 6a against the 5e I had been using previously. This is for the whole chain wherever ethernet is used and not just the last link. I had been using the SSTP for a month exclusively.
Based on the sighted and brief listening tests, I’ll be sticking with S/STP with the combination of components I have so far. It’s the same thing I heard (or rather not heard) when I got them first after having been using UTP for the entire duration.
Thank you! That’s what I needed to know. I took a look at my BDP-1 and it does have the tabs. The spare router and switch I had been using for the closed system in the audio room didn’t have the tabs. I have another older Trendnet router that does have the metal tabs. I will give that a try as well.
I find it strange that between all the discussion of various Cat ‘X’ cables and shielding or unshielded, there’s rarely any discussion or concern whether the devices themselves support the shielding or not.