Originally Posted by 2MuchRiceMakesMe
There is a defiantly an audible difference in silver vs copper. If you haven't already heard the two side by side I suggest you hear for yourself before just saying 'there's no difference'
I did and there wasn't
My dealer where I bought my Magnepans and Audio Research tube preamp lent me a set of $600 Kimber KCAG silver cables for interconnects. I listened intently doing a/b comparisons between them and my existing (but also way over-priced) Monster M950's. Same recording, same amp & preamp, same volume levels. Those speakers are very high resolving & detailed so minor colorations I would expect be clearly audible.
I heard absolutely NO difference between them, none whatsoever. This plus an earlier experience with exotica speaker cables have caused me to conclude it's audiofool myth. If you choose to believe it, that's your choice.
And I've read no compelling scientific evidence why silver is "better". None
. In fact, the Kimber silvers have higher capacitance, considered "bad" for reproducing highs, than mere Blue Jeans cable, Belden wire-based standard interconnects. Prove it, you say?
here ya go -
Kimber KCAG pure silver cable (not silver coated copper) -
Cp parallel capacitance: 51.0 pF @ 20Khz / meter
Ls series inductance: 0.71 uH @ 20Khz / meter
Blue Jeans Cable LC1 cable -
capacitance: 12.2 pF / ft or 39.9 pF / meter
If you say that's not enough difference in capacitance to be audible, then you've defeated any objectivity you may have had & proved the point.
Cost difference -
Blue Jeans LC1 - 4 ft = $33.75
Kimber KCAG with WBT RCA connections: 1 meter = $1140!!!
That's a lot of music & movies I can buy for $1100.
I did buy Kimber Hero's with WBT's for that preamp but back then it cost me south of $200 (~150 or so) for a 2 meter pair from my dealer. That same pair now costs $310! Would I buy them today at that price? Hell no!
You are of course free to spend your own money anyway you want. But before you start posting abstractly in absolutes, it'd be nice if you could back it up with one shred of proof that silver has better sound characteristics...
Otherwise it's nothing but subjective opinion. I trusted my ears & returned the hyped silvers since they didn't "release hidden sonic capabilities of most systems. Expansive depth and resolution of the most minute details appear from an absolute silent background." (quoting Kimber's website)