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#275529 - 2018-04-27 10:27 QNAP and NIC Bridging
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I have heard some improvement on an Innous Zenith Mk II (running Roon Core) using it's dedicated ethernet port for an 818 and recently saw this on CA:
Originally Posted By CA
John, QNAP supports NIC bridging out of the box which I hear is a : A novel way to massively improve the SQ of computer audio streaming.
As I am still using/enjoying what is still stored on my QNAP/Sooloos server, does anyone know about this bridging option and has tried it? Sure makes a change from the anti-MQA threads...

Richard


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#275530 - 2018-04-27 10:37 Re: QNAP and NIC Bridging [Re: RGraham]
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Originally Posted By RGraham
A novel way to massively improve the SQ of computer audio streaming.
Hmmm, the superlatives seem to outweigh any technical reasons why it could be the case.

If anything, network bridging and/or link aggrigation could degrade the quality due to:

1. Potential issue with multiple ground/earth routes
2. Adding additional points/antennas that EMI may be injected into the device
3. Incorrectly configured such that data packets are either lost or misrouted

However, if correctly configured, I cannot see any reason why it should not be any different to a single link connection. Bridging is to increase data bandwidth and potentially add resilliance - no reason why increase bandwidth is necessary as audio streaming is a fraction of even a 10Mbs connection and if you need resilliance then just fix the underlying problem.

But hey, if you think you can hear a difference, and don't mind complicating matters, then why not.

imho.


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#275531 - 2018-04-27 10:53 Re: QNAP and NIC Bridging [Re: Ian]
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Thanks Ian,

If Meridian offered us anything regarding the possible developments for end points, let alone their ambitions (if not a road map), I would not be forced into reading about rubidium clocks for network switches eek

More seriously I have found using Roon ROCK on an NUC, or Roon Core on Innous Servers, sounds better to my ears than using Sooloos, counter-intuitive as it may seem (end points being the priority). Wondered if some of the developments elsewhere were worth trying.

And it's raining.

Richard


Zone 1: 861v8+ID41, 818V3, HD621, DSP7200SE, DSP5200SE
Zone 2: 818v3, DSP7000, Cavalli Liquid Gold, Hifiman HE-6
Zone 3: 818v3, Roon ROCK/NUCi7, Densen B-330, Monitor Audio PL 200
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#275533 - 2018-04-27 11:03 Re: QNAP and NIC Bridging [Re: RGraham]
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And as you say, it’s raining, which of course could improve the SQ for properties that use an earth rod...


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#275534 - 2018-04-27 11:16 Re: QNAP and NIC Bridging [Re: Ian]
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Knew I should have got an earth rod...


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