I’m not sure what thread I was perusing, but I saw a recommendation for Audioquest Ethernet cables saying how it really improve the soundstage. So, I bought a Cinnamon to give it a try. It’s their mid-level cable at $100 for 0.75 meters. The Vodka is the next step up at $449 for the same length. That’s just to pricey for me without some measurements to back it up. I replace a non-audiophile cable that is my standard for my network:
I let the Audioquest cable break in for 3 weeks with it running almost continuously. On a whim, I switched back today and was surprised how much better my old cable sounded! All of the qualities people ascribed to the Audioquest cable I perceived in my affordable no-name cable. I got better soundstage, clearer bass, less jangliness, and an overall better sound. So, the Audioquest is going back.
The ones I’m using are excellent cables. They have great shielding and high purity copper. I really didn’t expect to hear a difference between the two, and I was surprised how much better the regular cable sounded than the audiophile cable. Well, that’s $100 I can put towards a set of Gaia II feet fir my speakers.
You might give the network cables a try. They aren’t expensive and you may find similar results to what I experienced. Even if you favor an audiophile network cable over the last hop, you may try this between routers, switches, or whatnot.
I still wish manufacturers would post graphs of the sound differences. What I believe I heard should be easily measurable.