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Network Switch From Russ Andrews

Russ Andrews Accessories is launching a dedicated audiophile grade Network Switch. At its heart is a custom Trichord Clock, which is used to coordinate the timing of the digital signal

Trichord’s clocks are used in a multitude of CD and Blu-ray players. The unit found in the Network Switch is custom-built for the product, to provide, “…a more accurate transfer of data to improve timing, reduce data loss and hence minimise the use of error correction,” said the company.

Eight damped and shielded RJ45 gigabit Ethernet ports accompany internal wiring via Kimber Kable. 

The Network Switch features a separate dual-output PSU. One output feeds the Trichord clock and the other, on an isolated, dedicated feed, is linked to the switching side of the unit. The PSU connects to the Network Switch via a 0.3m lead made using Kimber’s PBJ cable and with locking connectors at both ends.

Both the Network Switch and the PSU are housed in matching custom designed ABS cases and each features a 4mm grounding terminal. The PSU has a 10A IEC mains socket to connect the supplied 1m YellO Power cable.

The Russ Andrews Network Switch is available now for £989 and is covered by a two-year warranty and 60 Day Home Trial with Money Back Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with the performance, you can return it within two months for a refund.

To learn more, click www.russandrews.com.

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  • Reply
    Leigh Hughes
    27th March 2020 at 1:33 pm

    I’m given to understand that Russ Andrews’ products are reverse-engineered from crashed flying saucers.

  • Reply
    1st April 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Yeah, and unicorns fart glitter rainbows.
    Even if a whole packet is lost due to collision, Ethernet transfer protocols already have data loss correction and retransmission built-in, so nothing can make the data in the packets arrive with any more ‘accuracy’.
    Ethernet networks conform to the IEEE 802.3 standard and use an isochronous, self-clocking data encoding scheme at the physical and data link layers of the OSI model. Only non-self clocking networks which use a non-return-to-zero encoding scheme, such as long haul, single mode fibre optical, need syncronised external clocks to prevent frame slippage.
    Buy a £50 10 port gigabit switch and glue a Swatch to the case. It will have the same effect.

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