Note silver connectors
have developed a small range of connectors, primarily
for use with our own cables, amplifiers, loudspeakers
and digital products. Unlike our wires and cables that
are made from solid 99.99% pure silver, silver is generally
too soft and brittle to be used as a connector.
looked for a solution to this for several years, because
making the finest silver cables only to connect them
to the amplifier or speaker via a thinly gold plated
plug and socket seemed counterproductive to me, yes
gold looks very nice and enhances our impression and
sense of quality and finish, but it sounds dreadful.
solution came to me after I tried some home made solid
solver banana plugs, which promptly snapped, perhaps
if the silver plating was made really, really thick,
not the usual 7 - 10 micron traditionally used, so I
have some of our standard sockets, connectors stripped
of the gold plating and plated with 60 - 70 micron of
high grade pure silver.
first they were almost impossible to use, the thicker
layer of silver made the diameter of the hole in the
socket and the pin on the RCA plugs too big, so the
connectors would have to be their dimensions recalculated
in order to work, once that was done, it was obvious
that this worked, the sonic benefit of silver without
the cost and immense drawback of weak and brittle connectors.
they tarnish, you will now ask? Yes they do, and they
will need to be cleaned occasionally for the very best
sound, however, even silver oxide has far better sonic
properties than any other material, so most of the sonic
advantage is still present even when they are black