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Innuos PhoenixNET Review – Revolutionizing Digital Music

Setup

  • Headphones
    • Audeze LCD-5 with Danacable Lazuli Reference balanced headphone cables
    • Abyss AB-1266 Phi CC with Danacable Lazuli Reference balanced headphone cables
    • Meze Empyrean headphones with stock cables
  • Speakers
    • Gershman Acoustics Grand Avant Garde Loudspeakers
    • JL Audio F110 V2 Fanthom subwoofer
  • Amplifier
    • Emerald Physics 100.2 SE in dual mono
    • Benchmark HPA-4 headphone amplifier
  • Digital
    • Innuos PhoenixNET
    • Innuos PhoenixUSB
    • Innuos ZENith SE MKII music server
    • Chord Electronics DAVE
    • Chord Electronics Hugo TT2
    • Chord Electronics M Scaler
  • Power Cables (for digital)
    • 3 x Snake River Audio Cottonmouth Signature (now named SS1451 – Signature Series power cable US/IEC 3m…I think)
    • Furutech DPS-4
  • Digital cables
    • Danacable TruStream USB
    • Final Touch Audio Callisto USB
    • Dual Wave High Fidelity STREAM BNC cables
    • SOtM iSO-CAT6 adapters
    • The Linear Solution Reference CAT7a Ethernet cables
  • Interconnects
    • Iconoclast UPOCC XLR and RCA interconnects
  • Speaker cables
    • Audio Art Cable Statement e SC Cryo Speaker Cable
  • Isolation
    • Gingko Audio Cloud22
    • Synergistic Research Tranquility UEF base
    • Symposium Svelte Shelf
  • Network
    • Dell R510 PowerEdge with Unraid for NAS
    • Custom firewall with pfSense
    • QNAP QSW-M408-4C
  • Software
    • I used Roon with Tidal for the entire review.
    • I’ve used a few music files upscaled to 705.6/768 via PGGB. Review coming soon.

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Jay Luong

Mr. Audio Bacon himself. An open-minded electrical engineer and software developer by trade. I have an obsession with the enjoyment of all things media - specifically in the realm of music and film. So much heart and soul (and money) go into the creation of this artistry. My aim is to find out which products get me closer to what the musicians and directors intended.

View Comments

  • Thanks Jay for the detailed and wonderful review. I also am considering adding this device to my streaming setup. One question, did you ever have the opportunity to try the Gigafoil v4 Ethernet filter in your system? If so, any comments on how it compares to the PhoenixNET?

    Thanks again,
    Seph

  • I wish Innuos would add SFP to their switches. This is the game changer, and without it I will not now consider a product.

  • Hey Jay, have you compared the QNet? I own the PhoenixNet, and I love it. But Nordost Qnet with their Qsource PSU has me wondering...how it would compare. Thanks for your amazing work as always!!

  • Hello
    what would you rather recommend?SOtM switch with clock connection and main clockVS INNUOS Phoenix switch?Libe greetings, your tests are awesome

  • How were you powering the SOtM sNH-10G for your comparison Jay?

    Personally, would be very curious to hear the relative difference between the Innuos, and the SOtM at a similar price range — say the sNH-10G + sCLK-OCX10 with with a similar level of power supply (DC3/DC4 etc)!

    • Powered with a Paul Hynes SR7. Generallyn speaking, the Innuos is denser and richer. With the sCLK-OCX10, the resolution is matched more closely but the tonal color is still very different (SOtM being closer to neutral).

  • Jay, great review. I was wondering if you have any experience with the Uber popular Etherregen switch?

  • its always nice having reviews for these very niche products, thanks!
    It drives me INSANE that i can hear the difference in hard drives for music. Do you have any recommendations for ""music drives""? Im too broke for a streamer haha

  • As an electrical engineer how could you recommend such scam? Basic electronics, 100Mb, and you said it, 0 and 1...
    And people are buying these...

  • It passes an exact digital copy. The music isn't fuller, richer and in anyway different than a $100 switch.
    Sorry to disappoint you all. If you know networking protocols and have sniffing hardware you can monitor the error rate to prove that it isn't any better. The timing of the digital music is not controlled by the switching hardware, the data is buffered and the DAC at the end of the digital chain times the data conversion.

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