Originally Posted by I.T.
I am planning to make some balanced audio cables. I would like to use Canare wire and Neutrik connectors. The plugs are available with gold or silver contacts. Which do you recommend? In terms of audio quality, are the gold contacts worth the extra expense?
Proel DieHard cables are verry hi.quality stranded OFC with air sealed gold plated connectors.
Ag pure 7N Silver 99.9999% has more conductivity.
Cu Copper 99.9999% OFC, has second best conductivity.
Au pure Gold has 3rd best conductivity, but its much more resistant to oxidation.
connectors will work better in the long run. will make better contact and last longer.
the new hype its nikel, that is cheaper than gold and 4th conductive, 2nd best anti-oxidation, and stronger.
Aluminium has also strong anti-oxidation properties, but less conductivity than gold, copper or silver.
verry hi-quality OFC copper could be better than bad/low-quality contaminated silver.
also there are combinations...
gold plated silver like HiFi Tunings fuses,
or silver plated copper like most: vovox & monster m1000 cables.
silver center arround copper, like Zaolla,
or pure silver like Oyaide Dr/b-510 or Acoustic Zen Silver Byte,
or pure OFC like Philips PXT-1000, RadioShack Gold Digital Series., Proel DieHard, teac esoteric, etc...
stranded vs. single conductor, they all sound diferent...not a big fan of zaolla sound.
when you say Silver its pure Silver? Ag or just Aluminium?
asuming both are 99.9999% Oxigen Free, and both have the same AWG size.
Stranded cable is more flexible,
Single conductor is verry hard.
Stranded sounds with more harmonics if its good designed, warmth,
the more stranded the more harmonics but... a bit less dynamic also a bit less louder than single conductor cables.
Single Conductor has less harmonics, making the sound thin & focused, but has more dynamic range, and its louder than verry stranded cables.