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In Reply to: RE: Silver, bright? posted by Inmate51 on March 04, 2017 at 11:33:29
Silver does not oxidise easily.
The tarnish that appears on silver so quickly is silver sulfide and while silver oxide is a conductor silver sulfide is a semi-conductor.
Silver oxide is used as a switch contact for corrosive environments but it is really rather difficult to produce. Simply heating silver in the presence of oxygen doesn't work and silver oxide is produced in a reaction between silver nitrate and alkali hydroxide.
In the end silver cabling is rather pointless since silver is not that much better a conductor than copper. One could just increase the cross section of the copper cable by 5% and there will be no differences.
But I'm sure you knew all this! ;-)
Yes, I do in fact know all this (I am a chemist afterall). That 5% seems to make an audible difference. Changing the crossection is not all there is to cable sound. In fact I have found that for line level signals the thinner the wire and/or ribbon the better the sound and capture of low level information.
Hey Morricab, I was starting to think that you'd fallen off the planet, but then I realized that that would be very hard to do. :)
What do you mean by "low level information"? I'm serious, not being cynical. (For once.)
Anyway, my tinned copper speaker cables are fine, as are my no-name-brand interconnects.
I am always, and rightly so, suspicious of "cable comparisons". Unless there is a VERY controlled methodology, a person CANNOT attribute a difference to a particular type of wire.
Well, I do now.
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