If Audiophile USB cables are valid, then …

… surely we need audiophile network cables — CatAudiophile, perhaps? — to make sure the packets of precious audio digits are streamed without degradation from server to client.

But, OMG, what about wireless! If you’re streaming over an IEEE 802.11n WiFi network, then surely the air between the wireless access point and the WiFi device must be treated!

And what encryption protocol should be chosen? After all, those fragile digital bits are transformed by the security system into quite different digital bits. And they have to be transformed back before they can be heard. Shouldn’t WEP, WPA and WPA2 be evaluated for which best preserves the musicality of the source? The encryption also depends on the specific key chosen. Should one use 64 or 128 bits? The digital transport is quite different if one uses E489E3AA0A as the key instead of E489E3AA0B. Should not all the possible key combinations also be evaluated for their impact on the music?

Or maybe it’d be better to just go naked, to avoid this unnecessary tampering with the purity of the signal.

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2 Responses to If Audiophile USB cables are valid, then …

  1. Simon Reidy says:

    Excellent points. I’ve often wondered how digital delivery must degrade the sound quality.

    This also explains why when I download an mp3 from America it sounds much worse than one from Melbourne, as the signal is such a long run under the ocean and probably picks up the all sorts of crap on the way.

    Must be why my John Williams Star Wars soundtrack from Amazon has dolphins and whales clearly audible in the background 😛

  2. James says:

    Make sure it’s gold plated

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