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Thread: Silver plated copper vs copper speaker wires ? What's better ? Help !!!

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    Default Silver plated copper vs copper speaker wires ? What's better ? Help !!!

    There's a long standing debate and I'm really confused.

    Some say speaker wire makes no difference at all and any wire will work well, even if it's a decent bell switch wire. Others say copper is better. And many say silver plated copper wire brings out the highs and makes the bass tighter.

    Please help, I'm confused !!!

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    Have owned silver plated copper and copper speaker cables, no real hard n fast rule one over the other imo.
    Pure silver cables are another league altogether though, but be prepared to sell a kidney!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Have owned silver plated copper and copper speaker cables, no real hard n fast rule one over the other imo.
    Pure silver cables are another league altogether though, but be prepared to sell a kidney!
    I've heard of pure silver being used from crossovers to the drivers. But not seen any commercially available pure silver speaker cables. Do you have any links ?

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    Go with PC-OCC copper and you can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Go with PC-OCC copper and you can't go wrong.
    Yup.

    Silver plated wires can sound brash and pure silver can seem bright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Go with PC-OCC copper and you can't go wrong.
    So pure copper is better or as good as silver plated copper ?

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    I've messed about with every type of wire, for speakers and interconnects and found I just don't like silver plated wire. Pure silver can be very good, but is system dependant, good pure copper is a safe bet and what I use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I've messed about with every type of wire, for speakers and interconnects and found I just don't like silver plated wire. Pure silver can be very good, but is system dependant, good pure copper is a safe bet and what I use.
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    Personally, it's silver or copper for me.

    Plating adds something at the top end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I've messed about with every type of wire, for speakers and interconnects and found I just don't like silver plated wire. Pure silver can be very good, but is system dependant, good pure copper is a safe bet and what I use.
    Thanks Geoff,

    You are always so quick to respond. When you say that you don't like it, is there anything specific that you find with silver plated wire which you don't like ? What's the difference that you find between silver plated and copper wire ?

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