As a hobby there is no harm in trying anything. Some may say standing on your head makes things sound better. Speaker cables while I believe to be an overstated impact; do have a measurable impact as they are part of the complete circuit. Ethernet is a transformer coupled digital transport; not only is the benefit or drawback of any in spec Cat6a cable is handled in the spec. Even if there were a difference, it would because of this totally unpredictable - the cheapest or most expensive cable might due to expectation bias sound the best. Everyone should buy what makes them happy, but be aware what has some merit on empirical basis. There are companies like audio quest who make a great living off of selling snake-oil for obscene money. Take a step back, does anyone think a 10 grand ethernet cable, that meets the same spec as a 8 dollar one going to make the same difference as going from a NDX to NDS or other source improvement.
> On Sep 29, 2016, at 6:53 AM, Naim Audio Forums <firstname.lastname@example.org
There's nothing wrong with a healthy dose of scepticism but I'd suggest not writing something off as snake oil until you've tried it for yourself. I remember when someone on here (it may have been Harry) bought some Vodka cables and I was very negative about them, saying that they simply could not make a difference and that the owner was deluded. Then I realised that I hadn't tried them and therefore I had no sound basis on which to comment on them. The only way was to try some for myself so I bought a Cinnamon for £65 and had to eat my words. I now have Vodka which is much better again.
My take on these cables, and any expensive cables come to that, is that they are about system optimisation, the icing on the cake if you like. Of course they will not turn an NDX into an NDS. But they will help whatever setup you have to perform at its best, just like posh speaker cables and interconnects.
So I'd say to the cynics, try them yourselves, and then come back on here and tell us what you've discovered. You may find that you can't hear a difference, or don't like the difference. But at least you will know, rather than simply thinking that you know.