Product Summary:The 8switch by English Electric (a Chord Company brand) is an 8 port GbE Ethernet switch modified and upgraded to meet the specific audiophile requirements for high-performance music streaming networks.... Click To Read More
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In the world of streaming music, there is a belief that digital signals by their nature are immune to the failings of analog transmission – but it’s not that simple – and even the most hardened digital skeptic may be surprised at what can be achieved with a high specification Ethernet switch. The 8switch low and high electrical noise isolation begins at your source and lowers the noise floor of your entire system while the customized clock reduces jitter by 90%. With the English Electric 8Switch significant audible improvements can be experienced in music playback via streaming services or music stored on a NAS (see the video below).
- A customized TCXO (Temperature Compensation Crystal Oscillator) generates higher accuracy (0.1ppm) network signals.
- Eight audio grade 100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet ports enable even the most demanding streaming setups.
- The power supply and clock generation circuits each have two electrical noise isolation circuits ensure stable network signals, while an EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) absorber further reduces the digital circuit noise.
- Includes Chord’s audiophile Ethernet cable.
- Jitter measurement of the 8switch is 90% less compared to that of a general network switch.
- The AV-grade power adaptor is designed to greatly reduce the electrical noise from AC power and prevent mains quality issues with high power efficiency (no-load power consumption < 0.075W), and protection from short circuit, overload, and over-voltage.
Note: A linear power supply is not recommended with the 8Switch. Switches require a higher-speed power supply to achieve optimal performance.
The 8Switch has been named a Best Buy by the-ear.net.
“you have a product that anyone with a streaming source will find enhances their light entertainment. The fact that it has so little competition means that the English Electric brand could once more become a household name, at least among audio enthusiasts.”
- Ethernet ports: 8 audio-grade 100/1000 Base-T gigabit.
- Port IN: Connect to LAN (Local Area Network).
- Port 1-7: Connect to audio/video devices.
- Clock: Customized TCXO with accuracy rated at 0.1ppm.
- Power supply: Advanced medical-grade 5V DC at 1A max. (5,=.5mm x 2.1mm, tip carries +5V).
- Accessories supplied: 75cm Chord C-Stream streaming cable.
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 35 x 152 x 83mm (1.4 x 6.0 x 3.25in)
- Weight: 422g (15oz)
- Finish: Matte black