Quote Hugh Robjohns:Quote Gary M:
As for cat5 desks I was referring to desks that offer a cat5 solution.
I've had lots of converations and email exchanges with people who think that just because two items of equipment have RJ45 sockets on them, they can be connected together. This is clearly not the case and people need to be made aware of this. That's what I've been trying to reinforce.
Could not agree more but going back to the original question:-
What are your thoughts on using a decent quality multicore vs a CAT5 system for an install?
The answer would not be that there are problems with cat5 due to many different standards, or that if the desk breaks down then it's hard to find a replacement desk that could work over cat5 as this is not the case. It would also not be the case that one cat5 system would not interface with a different system as the OP has asked about copper vrs a cat5 system.
The thread went off on a tangent on the negatives of digital cat5. If we were to do this years ago in the early analogue age then we would have been fighting RCA, Bantham, tr/s, din plus what ever amount more.
I agree that standards need to be made but lets not start disregarding the next generation of interface yet. So far I have been overly impressed with Dante. It's amazing that you can use a standard Ethernet port with less than 1ms latency and so many channels of I/O. This should theoretically blow FireWire & USB out the water.