Simon-in-Suffolk posted:likesmusic posted
How do you know? Have you established that with any kind of controlled, blind, listening test? Who says a packet drop necessarily causes a loss of sq? It doesn't have to. It surely isn't supposed to. Why is it allowed to in some pieces of (expensive) hifi.
Likesmusic, I have, as I have posted previously on this forum undertaken controlled and measured evaluations, and indeed notice subtle SQ changes based on TCP segment flow patterns and timing ... not dissimilar to differences I hear between WAV and FLAC,. In short I say this accounts why many people hear differences between Tidal FLAC and locally streamed FLAC, and why Tidal SQ can vary. Tidal, by its nature of being carried via the internet, has a more dynamic set of TCP dynamics to deal with than local streaming.. if you like the RCP state machine is working harder or at least differently. The same happens with wifi
Naim are entirely aware of this, which is why it takes a long time validating firmware and its impact on SQ when the TCP/IP stack is changed.
But yes theoretically there should be no difference, but system coupling means there are often interactions in closed systems in the real world.
Can a big increase in RAM help? I suspect it does.