Chord Co - English Electric 8 Switch

  • Chord Company - Designing and hand building in England since 1985
  • 8 Audio grade 100/1000 Base-T gigabit Ethernet ports make it possible to connect even the most demanding streaming setups
  • Features low and high electrical noise isolation, reducing data issues that can often be apparent during the playback of high-resolution material
  • Powered by a customised TCXO (Temperature Compensation Crystal Oscillator), accuracy is 0.1ppm – far higher than normal crystals and higher than a normal TCXO, allowing the 8Switch to generate higher accuracy network signals
  • Power supply and clock generation circuits each have two electrical noise isolation circuits which ensure stable network signals
  • An EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) absorber helps to further reduce the noise from the digital circuit.
  • 8Switch jitter measurements indicate an improved network signal performance of up to 90%.
  • Machined aluminium enclosure offers excellent protection from both acoustic and electrical noise
  • Minimal LED display on the front panel includes power, alarm and the link status/speed for each of the 8 ports
  • AV-grade power adaptor has been designed to reduce electrical noise from AC power and prevent mains quality issues from affecting the network signals
  • Boasts high power efficiency, a no-load power consumption < 0.075W and protection from short circuit, overload and over-voltage.
  • Dimensions: W54 x D85 x H36 mm (incl. feet)

In the world of streaming music, there is a belief that digital signals by their nature are immune to the failings of analogue transmission – but it’s not that simple – and even the most hardened digital sceptic may be surprised at what can be achieved with a high specification Ethernet switch.

Listening to streamed music is not just about measurements and numbers. While both elements have important roles during product design and development, the real test for music lovers is how it sounds…

The 8switch by English Electric (a Chord Company brand), is an 8 port GbE Ethernet switch modified and upgraded to our specific requirements for high-performance music streaming networks.

Have a listen and test it yourself!

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