Sorry I'm not being difficult, honest. My ramblings are my concerns & unanswered questions & I was just trying to keep the fire going. I'm hoping that as I would really like to try this Cisco switch for myself but I don't have the room without a major upheaval, & maybe poking the fire might tempt another idea or two out of the mix. I'm tempted to consider the Cisco SG200-08, it's a small 8 port managed switch & it might be capable of gargling the TCP better than my little dumb Netgear; I need to look up the spec's when I get home later. And I do hear the difference with WAV & FLAC & thats one reason all my music is WAV (& DSD), the other reason is with WAV source codec the NAS does not have to share its CPU resources in transcoding, and that might (might) just add another SQ gain.