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|Originally Posted by Ecpu8088|
|Originally Posted by kgveteran|
I made a six channel cable that goes from my three stereo amps to the processor.It is 20' long and is made from Audioquest multistrand install wire.I used radioshack end connectors (male). They sound woderful and I finally broke my need for exotic cables.
You too can join me and break the bond!
|It must not be too hard to justify, it's pretty common for standard hookup wire at electronics shops to be silver over copper. Perhaps there's an additional reason I'm not aware of.|
|The reason wire (and sometimes connectors) are often silver plated/coated is that silver oxide conducts electricity well and copper oxide does not. Silver plated copper wire then has most of the physical benefits of copper (cost, durability, maleability, etc.) while not suffering from poor conducting when it oxidizes. As mentioned, gold doesn't oxidize like silver and copper, but it isn't cost effective to gold plate all of your wire. Since plating connectors is more cost-effective, they are often gold plated. When cost (and durability) is critical, nickel plating is used on connectors.|