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RE: Sound Quality: USB HDD vs. Ethernet NAS/HDD

An Ethernet connection to a NAS has the potential to be better than a spinning hard drive because of the lack of mechanical vibration, noise, and EMI. Ethernet runs over balanced twisted pair cabling terminated with transformers at both ends, so it doesn't conduct much noise. But a USB SSD might be better still. This is all theoretical though. There are so many variables that make it system dependent, so you'll get all kinds of different opinions.

I use a NAS and the main reason why is convenience. My music collection resides in one place. I am constantly adding to it and I have playback devices all over the house. Keeping multiple copies of my music up to date is not something I want to do.

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