I have a SOtM SMS 200 Network Audio Adapter which is ran from my Lenovo Laptop using Audirvana. This goes into my Matrix SPDIF 2 via USB and then PS Audio I2S into my GCD. Right now, the NAA is connected to my router using a Bluejeans 6a cable…and I enjoy the sound.
That being said, with ALL of the potential problems posed by ethernet connections and the subsequent products offered to solve such problem…I asked myself…why not just circumvent this problem and switch to WiFi?
My SOtM has a usb adapter on the back that can accept a WiFi dongle and I can do it on the cheap - probably $20. I might just give it a shot and see how the sq compares to my current ethernet cable solution.
Any thoughts? I’m SURE I’m over simplifying things, but nonetheless it makes sense to me. I have fast internet speed, the router is close, and this way I can forgo galvanic isolation, expensive ethernet cables, an expensive router, etc., etc. And by the way…those upgrades can soar, no surprise, into the thousands.
Finally, I should add I’ve a/b’d my Bluesound Node 2 using WiFi and direct Ethernet connection and never noticed any difference between the two. However, I’ll readily admit this is a relatively lower-cost all-in-one unit so that could be part of the issue there.
Why not just WiFi? Seems like I’d need a very compelling reason not to. Thoughts?