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Old 08-27-2006, 04:52 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Unabomber
What about gold connectors?...Gold is the best conductor of electricity...
this is commonly thought to be true, but the reality is that silver is the best conductor of electricity - at least for metals - followed by copper. Gold plating is often used over the silver or copper wire because unlike those two metals gold does not oxidize.

high end audio cabling is sometimes made with "pure" silver wire, and the slightly less expensive stuff often uses "6-nines" copper, which is supposed to be 99.9999% pure copper. You will often see gold plated connectors - and you're right, they are mostly for bling - but some of the best and most expensive connectors from makers such as Cardas actually use rhodium instead of gold plating because it is harder and has better erosion resistance:

sorry to pick nits in an otherwise excellent piece of work done in typical Unabomber style. reading it brought back memories of working with my Weller soldering station many moons ago on various home audio projects. I used to be a product trainer in the audio/video business and spent years trying to debunk various myths that were popular with salespeople and reps
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