Why 16Switch?


The 16Switch is a two-zone, dual power supply, 16-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) device which has been optimised for music and video streaming. The 16Switch brings the proven benefits of the 8Switch to larger networks and features 2x independent rows of eight high-quality Gigabit Ethernet ports, which can be used as two independent eight-way switches or connected and used as one 16-way device.

The 16Switch has been designed to offer high noise-isolation and low electrical noise. It uses two highly accurate customised TCXOs (Temperature Compensation Crystal Oscillators) with an accuracy of 0.1ppm (far higher than normal crystals and higher than a normal TCXO), allowing the 16Switch to generate higher-accuracy network signals, which in turn, help provide more stable data transmission.

The clock source is isolated for each network zone, allowing the TCXO modules to remove power-related noise from the switch circuit. Power is delivered by two independent isolated power supplies feeding each of the eight-port switch modules; the clean supply allows better network signal quality, ultimately driven by the highly accurate TCXO clock technology. When run as two independent power zones, it allows the performance-critical audio/video equipment to be run independently from the more noisy digital equipment also present on the network.

The combined technologies and attention to detail in the 16Switch result in more stable and accurate network signals and clock circuitry, delivering significantly improved data transmission with measurably reduced jitter errors.



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16 Switch Advanced power supply

With data switches requiring high-speed power supplies, the use of linear power devices is negated, due to speed limitations. The 16Switch stays with this philosophy and each zone is powered by its own high-quality low-noise power supply. These advanced A/V-grade power supplies permit an optimum-quality network signal, with each zone being driven by high-accuracy clock technology which has been designed to reduce electrical noise from AC sources, and significantly reduce mains quality issues from affecting network signals. The 16Switch also boasts high power efficiency, a no-load power consumption of < 0.075 W, plus protection from short circuit, overload and over-voltages for each zone.


Listening to streamed music is not just about measurements and numbers.  We believe the 16Switch’s performance can surprise even the most hardened digital sceptic. The improved network signal quality can deliver significant benefits in music and video playback, whether streamed or via NAS drives.

The 16x 100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet ports make it possible to connect even the most demanding set-ups.

Each 16Switch is supplied with a free Chord Company C-Stream digital streaming cable 0.75cm.



16Switch unit only

  • Weight: 1969.5g
  • Width: 443mm
  • Depth: 170mm
  • Height excluding feet: 45mm

16Switch boxed with accessories

  • Weight: 2776.5g
  • Width: 510mm
  • Depth: 265mm
  • Height: 90mm

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