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    Default Silver inter connect wires

    I have these things down to a science now, and am selling these to Polk members to help save some coin for you guys. They are 24ga silver solid core Teflon coated braid like PBJ's. I have used different RCA's, and XLR's. Let me know if anyone is interested.

    Prices are available on request. There are way to many options to post here, and I give Polkies discounts;)
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    Do you use pure silver or silver plated copper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Early B. View Post
    Do you use pure silver or silver plated copper?
    Pure silver. I have thought of using the plated do to strength concerns, but I have stress tested them, pulling hard, and the solid silver work very well.
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    Default Silver IC

    Hi,
    I have been making silver ICs for a year now and they do sound very nice. It would be cool for others to find out how good sounding diy stuff is. I have used silver coated copper and solid silver. The solid silver has tighter bass and a more open top end. The silver coated copper didnt seem to have as tight of mid bass or as low bass, more one dimensional. At least thats what I found with my system. Good to see others soldering their own.

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    Ben will you be making more silver IC's? what length are the ones in the pictures? How much would it cost if you built me a 1 meter pair?

    Al

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    BB Do you braid the wire like I did?

    DB It really depends on the termini nation. 3 feet , and the ones with the WBT's are 6 feet.

    The wire is fairly cheap, but to get a nice braid it takes time.
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    Oh yeah seeing I am braiding them you can pretty much tell me what lenght you want, and XLR's are cheaper than RCA's.
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    ok. i don't need WBT's, and 3 ft is long enough for me.. so are we talking $10 or $100? i'm just looking for a ballpark here.. i've used solid silver wires in the past... and they are very revealing, but in the right system, they can really sound good.

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    Hi Ben,
    I havent braided them yet. I bought wire from reference audio mods and need to get more to be able to try the other configurations. They sound so good I havent felt the need, but I know I will sometime. I have used both the .5mm(24 ga) and the .15mm(35 ga). The bigger(.5mm) does sound clearer in the vocal area and less tizzy in the upper range. I need to mod the jolida amp so I will get more wire to rewire the amp and make more ICs. Where did you get your wire? Are you using silver solder?

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    Yes I am using silver solder. Partsexpress.com has the best deal. Rat shack has small spools on the cheap. They really need to be braided with 3 wires, and don't connect one of the grounds on the other end(amp end). Don't ask me why, but I have definitely seen a positive effect of "shielding" using this technical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Early B. View Post
    Do you use pure silver or silver plated copper?
    This may or may not make a difference in sound quality. I have been using silver and silver/copper hybrid interconnects and silver/copper hybrid speaker cables off and on since 1988. The Signal Cable Silver Resolution interconnects (5N silver) I am currently using in my 2 channel rig outperform the copper based cables I previously used, but I would not be surprised if I ran across a copper cable that outperformed the Silver Resolutions.

    One thing I don't like about some of the silver audio cable manufacturers is that they hype up the "superior" conductivity of silver, but they conveniently "neglect" to mention that ultrapure 6N silver (99.9999% silver) is only 5% more conductive than 6N copper, but costs 6X more. If the 6N silver cable is not terminated with 6N connectors and high 6N silver content solder, another 2-3% in conductivity can be lost.

    The most common silver grade used in audio interconnects and speaker cables is 4N (99.99%) which is termed "laboratory grade". "Pure" grade silver is 5N (99.999% silver) and "ultrapure" grade silver is 6 (99.9999% silver) and above. 4N silver is only 4.4% more conductive than 4N copper. Again, another 2-3% in conductivity can be lost if the 4N silver cable ends are not appropriately terminated.

    I have been reluctant to invest in a pair of 5N or better silver speaker cable because of the cost. Furthermore, A copper cable of sufficent purity and gauge size can match the conductivity of a given silver cable for much less money. One of my "get-around-to-it" projects is to make a DIY pair of 6N silver 10 AWG speaker cables.

    Then, there is the matter of sound. Some listeners say they prefer the "more open" sound of silver cables. I don't know if the "more open" sound of some silver cables is a function of the silver alone or a combination of the silver, cable geometry, insulation type, and termination type.

    There are quite a few posts on silver cables on Audioasylum.com.
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    I get the silver, and silver plated wire for near the same price. I too am thinking of doing a silver speaker wire for my highs. Thanks for your post. The price of silver IC's are way to high to for the average guy. I am hoping to be able to hook some Polkies up with excellent prices compared to cables you find online.
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    Looks very good Ben

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    How much would you charge for two 3' RCA pairs and one 6' pair?

    Not braided.
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    You want them braided Sid.....
    Any reason why you don't??

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    You want them braided Sid.....
    Any reason why you don't??
    so he can blow them up. LOL



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    Make it easier on Ben :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vr3MxStyler2k3 View Post
    Make it easier on Ben :)
    The braid is part of the desingn One wire is tip to tip
    One is ground to ground
    One is ground from source to nowhere.
    I tried the 2 wire twist, and it picked up noise.
    I do not understand how a deadend wire likks noise, but it does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarqueKnight View Post
    This may or may not make a difference in sound quality. I have been using silver and silver/copper hybrid interconnects and silver/copper hybrid speaker cables off and on since 1988. The Signal Cable Silver Resolution interconnects (5N silver) I am currently using in my 2 channel rig outperform the copper based cables I previously used, but I would not be surprised if I ran across a copper cable that outperformed the Silver Resolutions.

    One thing I don't like about some of the silver audio cable manufacturers is that they hype up the "superior" conductivity of silver, but they conveniently "neglect" to mention that ultrapure 6N silver (99.9999% silver) is only 5% more conductive than 6N copper, but costs 6X more. If the 6N silver cable is not terminated with 6N connectors and high 6N silver content solder, another 2-3% in conductivity can be lost.

    The most common silver grade used in audio interconnects and speaker cables is 4N (99.99%) which is termed "laboratory grade". "Pure" grade silver is 5N (99.999% silver) and "ultrapure" grade silver is 6 (99.9999% silver) and above. 4N silver is only 4.4% more conductive than 4N copper. Again, another 2-3% in conductivity can be lost if the 4N silver cable ends are not appropriately terminated.

    I have been reluctant to invest in a pair of 5N or better silver speaker cable because of the cost. Furthermore, A copper cable of sufficent purity and gauge size can match the conductivity of a given silver cable for much less money. One of my "get-around-to-it" projects is to make a DIY pair of 6N silver 10 AWG speaker cables.

    Then, there is the matter of sound. Some listeners say they prefer the "more open" sound of silver cables. I don't know if the "more open" sound of some silver cables is a function of the silver alone or a combination of the silver, cable geometry, insulation type, and termination type.

    There are quite a few posts on silver cables on Audioasylum.com.
    I have tried copper, and it didn't sound as good. I guess it is like different woods. 'The copper wire was the same gage, and also teflon. Silver is definetly better on my system.
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    Are these stranded wire or solid core conductors?
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    so what would it be for a 2 foot and a 3 foot? or two 3 footers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    Are these stranded wire or solid core conductors?
    Solid :)
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    Back in town. I will be selling cables again. Let me know what you want, and I will work on a price according to connectors, and length.
    Thanks Ben
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    New pics of completed cables in post #1
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    I have tried copper, and it didn't sound as good. I guess it is like different woods. 'The copper wire was the same gage, and also teflon. Silver is definetly better on my system.
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    I like Brass and Aluminum wire the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABX View Post
    I like Brass and Aluminum wire the best
    that is because you are an asshat
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    TRY Aluminum wire sometime ?
    If you don't like it's sound,. you can always melt it down and make beer cans.

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    Sorry I had to post it here. The other thread is closed for some reason.
    Quote Originally Posted by ABX View Post

    I am new here, and do not believe in wire and capacitor differences.
    I have been insulted more then once, and called an ******* already.
    Well, the guy called me an asshat, but you get the idea.
    I said it with a smile:p
    and I used to agree with your opinions on wires, and caps. Thats why I had to pick on you;) But with an open mind I figured I would try out some different IC's. I bought some used PBJ's, and the a fellow Polkie came over with some Encore II's, and there has been no looking back. If you lived near by I would love to show the differences between wires on my system. Maybe a fellow Polkie in your area with a nice system would be willing to demo the differences.
    BTW I never welcomed you to Club Polk
    welcome to Club Polk:)
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    Anyone who claims cables don't make a difference hasn't tried anything decent.
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    Just to let you guys know --

    Received my cables from Ben...

    At first I was kind of taken back by the fact they are so small... literally like 1/16 that of my other cables as far as size --

    They seem pretty durable, I've never been trusting of small cables -- however, they seem to be very durable/strong and overall a possible long lasting cables

    Plugged them up, and heard an immediate improvement in the top end. (I love silver cables! lol)

    All in all, for the price of a copper cable, you cant beat it -- Ben is making a good product.

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    Thanks for the review. I also had concerns about the strength of such small diameter cable, but I assure you that I have brutally tested my prototype before sending out the current desgn. If anyone ever has a problem with the I will fix them for free.

    They will sound even better as they breakin;)
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