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Silver vs Copper Interconnects

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Hi all,

 

Very debatable and touchy subject to get into but I want some opinions on the differences between the 2.

 

Hope to gain some knowledge and also get some different outlooks to either echo my view or to either open myself to new ideas.

 

Cheers everyone!  

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I have used copper, silver plated copper, and now silver-gold alloy from Anticables .Level 6.2.

 

Silver plated copper I found bright and a little harsh in my system. But the proviso is that these were not expensive cables so this may have been more to do with the overall quality of the materials.

 

Copper is nice with warmth IMHO.

 

The Anticables silver-gold alloy is very nice, well balanced with good bass and extended highs.  I can recommend Anticables highly. I started with the Level 1 (copper), then progressed to Level  2 or 3 (cannot remember, it was a long time ago) and then to Level 6.2 which is top of the line.

 

ICs are very much system dependent so the truth is  you will need to experiment.

 

Good luck with your quest.

 

Paul

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Hello,

I went through this process a few years ago so I hope this info will help you.

Silver does tend to sound brighter/brittle. The one I had were also directional so flow went from source to next down the chain.

I tried several interconnects from cheap to mediocre to high end (but not over the top.) During these tryouts I changed preamp, power amp and speakers (quality leads DO make a difference.) To all this I added a power conditioner. My findings are that you will experience a difference in sound quality whether good or adverse with each change of equipment and brand.

Power conditioner was eyeopener and would recommend this to you.

I was using single ended interconnects both silver and copper but preferred copper. I switched over to balanced interconnects (copper) and quality of sound went to another level.

HiFi is not all equal but it's a great journey to be on despite the blood, sweat and tears associated with it - not to mention the budget. I ended up with Shunyata speaker leads, Shunyata and JP Labs balanced copper interconnects. But you will have to try in your own system. Your preference will NOT be the same as mine in spite of the fact that most of us are after accurate reproduction of sound. And different brands are, er, well, different.

Enjoy the experiments.

Soundnut

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On 16/09/2020 at 8:38 PM, Athanasiophile said:

Hi all,

 

Very debatable and touchy subject to get into but I want some opinions on the differences between the 2.

 

Hope to gain some knowledge and also get some different outlooks to either echo my view or to either open myself to new ideas.

 

Cheers everyone!  

What is your view?

I have used many types of interconnects over the years, pure Sliver, pure Copper, combinations of the two and for the last 10 years have mostly been using cables that use a blend of Silver, Gold and Palladium.

Only way to know is to listen yourself and I would suggest there are far too many variables in any given system to reliably generalise.

Good luck!

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30 minutes ago, Aperalim said:

What is your view?

I have used many types of interconnects over the years, pure Sliver, pure Copper, combinations of the two and for the last 10 years have mostly been using cables that use a blend of Silver, Gold and Palladium.

Only way to know is to listen yourself and I would suggest there are far too many variables in any given system to reliably generalise.

Good luck!

I have not necessarily had years of experience but i do find copper interconnects to be slightly warmer that silver. Silver for me tends to be slightly brighter sounding but with slightly more detail in the upper mids and highs. Have not tried many silver plated copper interconnects as of yet but i find that they tend to provide the benefit of both warmth and detail (from experience with headphone cables).

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All I have to add from my experience is that results can depend on the source of the metals, different levels and types of impurities in the metals and the annealing and drawing process are all factors.

 

I have had silver that is in no way bright and could be described as slightly warm.

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