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Letters to the editor: A matter of give and take

  • Are you a giver or a taker?

    In the wake of articles going up on these pages comes a slew of reader emails (that were once comments – RIP). The majority of emails request opinions on hardware not included in – and so implicitly beyond the scope of – the review or news piece. (Would be) takers for whom I have no answer.

    Givers are more interesting. And of more value to all. They return the gift, sharing their own experiences with the matter at hand.

    Last week, I YouTubed and wrote about how network streamer connection methods – WiFi and Ethernet – can influence sound quality in different ways.

    Conventional audiophile wisdom that says Ethernet always sounds best. I don’t find this to be true. As with everything in hi-fi, the end result is implementation dependent.

    In that post’s wake, Ihor gives:

    “Agreed that Ethernet vs WiFi is not clear-cut. When I had a Logitech Squeezebox Touch. Ethernet was the CLEAR way to go. Fuller and more robust sounding midrange and bass – and better snap to rhythm were convincing to anyone who listened.”

    “Then I found a Logitech Transporter and that [the result] was flipped! Wi-Fi was easy going and had great flow while the same Ethernet set up made it edgy, grainy and much less airy and much less spacious sounding. Go figure.”

    So too does Victor:

    “FYI. When you insert an Ethernet cable into a Sonos Connect, the Wi-Fi does not switch off and continues to look for a connection even though the Ethernet gets it online. This can cause problems with your whole network and on occasion can slow down your download speeds across the board.”

    “If you research “Disabling the WiFi link on a Sonos” you will see links on this subject. I have made the changes and it is another step in cleaning up a network.”

    What these readers give me, I can share with you.

    Let us celebrate the givers.

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

    Darko.Audio is a member of EISA.

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