On my side i do not believe of such things as ethernet hifi cable. I can not understand why it can improve sound. But if you are happy with it and find difference, only your feeling matter and it’s the most important
I’m working in computer science with real time business (million of transactions per second, worldwide), in high frequency trading done by robots. We are working with specific linux OS (fine tuned and we remove some error protocol to be faster), with overclocked processor and network card. In our Datacenter (one of the biggest in Europe), we are not using fancy cable, and we are working with 10Gb network, with less error correction than everybody at home, and we are sub microsecond process (and less now) and with an ultra ultra low latency. Dual power supply, no EFI shield etc … A very polluted environment.
Ang guess what ; We never lost a deal, everything arrives in the right order etc …
So at home, with less pressure, very few client (only one, you streamer generally, not hundred or thousand clients), just a few megabits of bandwidth, error correction protocols, you are nearly in a perfect situation
If the trick is to remove noise coming from router/switch to component, how do you do that ? The shielding is use to provide protection fro external perturbations. But if you have noise in you data wire, the shield will not help you so much.
This electrical noise can provide a sound degradation, i can understand that. So why not using Wifi ? Or even better an Optical network ! I hope Auralic will provide some day a SFP connector. With this, no more issue. But i’m pretty sure that manufacturer cable will sell you some finer glass with a level of purity etc … Hifi is a business after all Same thing for Lightning link, an optical one will be the ideal, we can do 10Gbs with fiber optic, even if 1Gb is enough for Audio.
But it’s a different story you know.
Enjoy music on your system, this is the most important !