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In Reply to: RE: What speaker cables do you use with your Maggies? posted by FX35 on October 12, 2020 at 09:29:37
Whether or not you can observe a thing depends upon the theory you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. - Albert Einstein
Ok, I can understand curiosity and survey, but as a reference there's not much value in the reply's, too many variables come into play.
Termination is a different story though, in every situation "bare wire" is the ultimate option. In the old days, big chunky gold plated plugs were the fashion, then came the low mass hollow plugs followed by nylon body's with a minimum of high quality metal as a conductor. Of course, for marketing reasons cable manufacturers still put "pretty" plugs on their cable ends, bare wire ends are not exactly"eye candy".
There is a certain cable manufacturer, who is light years ahead of everyone in the audio cable business, that will only supply their speaker cable with bare ends, but they have taken every aspect of cable construction to a completely different level.
The big problem with bare wires is oxidation, copper oxidizes rapidly causing loss of conductivity, so you can't just cut off the connectors and shove them in you're speakers and think you're done, but there are methods to prevent this.
Don't silver or silver clad cables not have the oxidization issue re bare wire termination?
"Don't silver or silver clad cables not have the oxidization issue re bare wire termination?"
Yes, they do. Silver has the highest conductivity of all metals, thats why some cable manufacturers use it, but copper is a close second and much cheaper. Silver is often referred to as "bright sounding" and copper as "round" or "soft" sounding, but those days are long gone, cable development has evolved so fast since then, conductor material is just one of so many variables involved.
Gold + palladium are also good conductors but immune to corrosion, thats why connectors + pins are often plated with these metals.
I tried 5-6 different options with blind testing over the past few years.... and Kimber Kable 12TC biwire cables shined all the way to the top and I haven't looked back. Excellent match with my 3.6s.
Good luck with your search
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