Accessory of the Year

English Electric 8Switch

Hi-Fi+ Awards 2020


Audio Grade

8 Port Gigabit Streaming Switch

English Electric 8 Switch

Better quality streaming

Specifically designed

For audiophiles

English Electric 8Switch

Available now

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English Electric 8 Switch

Why 8Switch?


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!

English Electric 8 Switch

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English Electric 8Switch Technical Sketch
A C-stream cable produced by the Chord Company
A Technical sketch of the 8Switch Power adapter

Front panel & back panel:

A technical drawing of the frontside and backside of the 8Switch
  1. 1 - Power: Green light is on when power is on
  2. 2 - Alarm: Red light is on when error is deteced
  3. 3 - LINK/ACT: Light on when port link up, flashes when active
    • Operating as 1000 Mbps connection: Green
    • Operating as 100 Mbps connection: Amber
  4. 4 - DC IN: 5V DC at 1A max. (5,=.5mm x 2.1mm, tip carries +5V)
  5. 5 - IN/ 1-7 Audio Grade GbE streaming ports.
    • Port IN: Connect to LAN (Local Area Network).
    • Port 1-7: Connect to audio/video devices

Quick Start

A Technical drawing demonstrating the 8Switch Power Adapter
A technical drawing demonstrating the 8Switch LAN Set-up
The English Electric 8Switch

Contact The Chord Company to find out more about 8Switch