Category: Network

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How to create a great network for streaming audio?

Check out a sneak peek of this content! Alpha Audio has been heavily involved in streaming audio for (well over) a decade. Once started with a Logitech Squeezebox and – yes – a Sonos Zoneplayer (later Connect), we have now arrived at two Metrum Acoustics Ambre’s and a homebrew streaming-pc and some Bluesound solutions. All […]

Streaming systems – order in the chaos!

Anyone searching for what streaming systems (protocols) are all about, will have a splitting headache within ten minutes. There is, in fact, a great deal of systems and protocols…. or so it seems. But know that many “custom” systems are a derivative of another, existing technology. We list all the major, relevant streaming protocols for […]

Make your own high-end network cable – shield it baby!

We’re back in the swing of things with networking. A short while ago we looked at a total of ten network plugs to determine how they install. We haven’t gotten around to a listening test yet, but that’s still to come if all goes well. Before we start that, however, we wondered: what if we […]

Why a good switch does matter for streaming audio

Keeping an open mind is important. Both in our lives and in our profession. If we as a human race don’t keep an open mind, we are basically at a standstill, as we would be dismissing everything we don’t know. However, at Alpha Audio we also think it is important to understand things. We like […]

SSD Caching with network drives – including measurements

NAS systems are incredibly convenient. They are the – quite indispensable – data tanks of today. Your own cloud. In the electrical room, the server rack or maybe just on the desk. In many cases, a NAS full of mechanical hard drives is fine. Not everyone needs super fast access times. However, for those who […]

Play from anywhere in the world – with ROON!

Roon is great software. It is user friendly and the sound quality is just… ‘delicious’. But there is one drawback: it is only available in the network where the ROON server is running. But we wouldn’t be Alpha Audio if we didn’t try to work around that. Because suppose you are on holiday and want […]

Measuring Ethernet cables – Part 1

Ethernet cables. Since streaming has entered the world of high-end audio, we see ethernet cables from almost every manufacturer: Audioquest, Supra, Nordost, Shunyata, Chord, et cetera. But Ethernet is digital. And also package based (in contrast to spdif, for example). That can’t go wrong, can it? How is it then possible that we hear differences? […]

The influence of Quality of Service on streaming audio

Networking is already a tricky subject. After all, it’s just 1’s and 0’s traveling the digital highway. And yes: they are. We’ve already written a lot about it. And also our conclusion is that the data arrives undamaged at the entry-port of the streamer. Still, we hear differences in cables and switches. So, we have […]

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Everything you need to know about streaming audio

It’s time for an overview. We have already written a lot about streaming. Types of streamers, apps, servers, services, networks… We’ll list everything we know for you. In short: it’s time for the ultimate Streaming Audio Guide. All in one place! Have fun reading!

The Reader Question – A special switch for audio?

We get quite a lot of questions in our mailbox. And that’s nice. Because that way we know what’s going on with you! Some questions we get more often. Think about questions about networks and switches for the audio installation. In this “Reader Question”-series we try to clear things up for you. This time: a […]