Topic 1: Network or Point-To-Point ?
A network is an addressable content delivery system, as opposed to a point-to-point connection system such as AES3 (‘AES/EBU’), AES10 (‘MADI’), AES50 (‘Supermac’) which knows no addressing – it just delivers the audio to whatever is connected at the other end. Addressability has huge implications, allowing systems to be more flexible, more powerful and more scalable against lower costs per connection. So, if it’s clear that a system will never change and has a simple topology, a point-to-point solution is OK. But, in many cases, a networked solution will be more cost effective, while also making the system easy to expand, change and combine with other networked systems.