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A lot of manufacturers are being shy on the 'in depth'. I think it is to not help copycats.
AudioQuest cables are all made in China. I am certain the metal they use is refined in China also
The actual cost to make something is a small percentage of the final cost. So that extra step may cost them less than a penny a foot, but they have a right to make a profit.
Also other companies have similar special wire claims. Kimber has 'Micro pearl'. and it too is a lot more expensive.
Agreed, they are absolutely allowed to make a profit. I am not questioning how much it may cost them to make these different metals or their cable pricing schemes. Or even whether it makes a difference in sound quality. My point is since they do charge more for various materials I would have thought there would have been some objective evidence already out there on what makes the metals different from each other.
Tom, good suggestion. I sent the following to AQ:
I wish someone with a lot of experience would discuss the difference between wearing a tin hat vs one made of aluminum?
I mean aluminum is just so much easier to acquire...
Is tin really better?
I bet Geoff would know!
Also is wearing a Faraday cage like a helmet almost as good?
A nice one for the whole body?
A suit made up of copper window screen...
Aluminum foil is often incorrectly called tin foil. Oft times by pseudo skeptics as fate would have it. 🤷🏼♂️ Lizzie is right, I should know. I sat next to Henry J. Kaiser III in school, I should know. I also make those Flying copper thingamabobs for Windows, kind of quasi Faraday thingamajiggers, as it turns out. Everything is connected! 😛
I received a prompt reply from AQ yesterday from a person in the Netherlands, no pictures though as Joey suggested. I thought this was interesting though. They also directed me to a white paper ("do no harm") on their website which says some of the same things. Here are some excerpts from an otherwise kindly and professional reply:
"All copper we use is Long grain copper. For PSC (Perfect Surface Copper) we polish the surface of the cable. For PSC+ we are using a higher grade copper. The benefit of PSC or PSC+ is a better conductivity especially for high frequencies.
When it comes to choosing cables, there's no one "right" cable - it's a case of going with the best cable you can. This is because cables cannot improve the signal they carry, they can only make improvements by introducing less distortion into the system and doing less harm to the signal. The less distortion, the better. The best cable therefore is the one that introduces the least distortion and affects the signal as little as possible. And this is true for all cables. And the further up the line you go, the better it gets."
Before you spend more crazy money on interconnects with fantasy ingredients try the following - I promise, it will blow you away!
- 16 gauge round dead soft pure silver wire from riogrande.com Use only ONE conductor per pole!
- Insulate with untreated cotton sleeve (ebay)
- Pure silver plugs from WBT or KLE
- 10 % silver solder
You can slightly twist the wires and use techflex as outer skin.
Due to the thick wire it will take a few hours to break in - but you will be shocked from the very first moment. I promise!
Once you have experienced the naturalness, explosive dynamics, abundant harmonics, tone colors and ocean of so much more information (if your system is capable of providing all of this) - you will ... start building more of these cables and walk around with a permanent smile that no plastic surgeon will ever be able to remove.