Nordost - QNET Precision Network Switch

The QNET is a significant upgrade sonically to any serious streaming audio system. Combined with Blue Heaven Ethernet cables, streaming Tidal thru the modest Bluesound Node2i was impressive. The detail throughout well known tracks was revealed to a much higher level. Nordost does it better than anyone. Mike @ Audio Two
  • Nordost - Made in the USA
  • Audio optimized, Layer-2, five-port Ethernet switch
  • Auto-negotiated and fixed Ethernet ports
  • Internal noise-reduction
  • High speed internal layout
  • Low-noise, high precision oscillator
  • Audio Two is an authorized Online Nordost retailer in Canada

The QNET is a layer-2, five-port Ethernet switch that has been specifically designed with audio performance in mind.

Internally, the QNET uses a high speed, multi-layered, impedance-controlled layout, which optimizes signal routes, minimizing reflections, interference, and crosstalk. It also boasts an extremely low-noise, stable oscillator for the main clock of the device, which allows for minimal jitter and phase noise. It is equipped with six dedicated power supplies, which provide unencumbered current to all parts of the switch, while minimizing noise cross-contamination and ensuring clean, interference-free operation.

Externally, the QNET is manufactured using an extremely durable aluminum housing. This housing not only acts as a heat sink and shield for the device, but also provides physical separation for the five, independent ports, each accommodating an 8P8C (RJ45) connector. The physical separation of each of these ports is a critical and unique design element, ensuring minimal crosstalk and interference within the device.

The QNET is provided with its own DC power supply. However, to achieve the best results, the QNET should be powered by Nordost’s QSOURCE Linear Power Supply and connected with Nordost’s award-winning Ethernet Cables.

Whether you stream music and/or video from a local server, a NAS drive, or from the internet, upgrading your digitally-run system with Nordost’s QNET will make all the difference. This premium network switch will deliver enviable dynamic range, extension, and clarity to your system. As a result, the voices and instruments in your music will stand out against a surprisingly black background, giving you the fluid, life-like performance that you are looking for from your digital experience.

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