Interconnects: solid or hollow core wire?

Which makes for better interconnects, all else being equal, single core or hollow core wire? Thin or thick gauge? Experience first, theory second!
I love the solid core sound. I've listened to many many IC's and settled on solid core for my system.
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Z, Which brand solid core? Compared to what else? How is it different from everything else you've tried?
Z, And are your s-c cables thick or thin gauge?
I'll email you to not promote my product.
But to answer your question about the difference.
Sonics are more open and and imaging is pinpoint.
The depth I've been getting is spooky.
Solid core has allowed me to reach the true three dim. soundstage that I've been trying to achieve for years.
I've heard IC's that come close, but the price has always been a factor.
I know what solid core is. I know what stranded is. I do not know what hollow core wire is? Isn't wire by definition solid as even stranded is made up of small solid core? Is there an audio cable that uses metal tubing?
Stranded is multiple stands of small guage wires to make up the core.
Hmmm, I thought Supra used hollow core wire but they just confirmed that the wires are wrapped around an hollow tube of PE. Their literature is vague about it. It seems to suggest they use hollow wire... a new one on me, too, hence the question!
A good compromise is bubble core. Electrons love a good bubble bath.
I'd like to hear from the electrons themselves, please, about whether they like a good bubble bath or not.
Solid Core ICs and speaker cables by Mapleshade or Audioquest. Two very different price points and design approaches but Mapleshade is the best cable bargain in existence.
Stevecham, you haven't tried them all.
07-18-11: Trebejo
A good compromise is bubble core. Electrons love a good bubble bath.
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07-18-11: Pmboyd
I'd like to hear from the electrons themselves, please, about whether they like a good bubble bath or not.
when's Audiofeil going to chime in with his opinion?? :-D
All Solid Core DNM Wire in my system. DNM HFTN IC's and the Stereo version speaker wire. Very natural and a good bargain. Do a search and read all about them.
I like a noise-rejecting braided or woven bundle of various gauges of solid core wire. Examples include Kimber, AudioQuest, Cardas, and the Zu I have, which even varies the metallurgy and dielectric among the individual strands, and PS Audio XStream which I also have, but is no longer made.

I also have a subwoofer cable by Analysis Plus, which is woven copper forming a hollow oval, and it sounds fine to me too. I am also impressed as hell by Transparent Cable, which uses network boxes on most of its products and I have no idea what its cable topology is. If I could afford anything, I'd probably have a fairly high level of Transparent. Lacking that I have a mishmash of PS AUdio and Kimber on my HT system and all Zu on my 2-channel analog system.
I just swapped out some unmatched stranded everything (off to my vintage cable museum!) for newer A'quest balanced and single ended ICs, solid core digital (coax) and solid core speaker. Nothing particularly pricey, and I did keep one old stranded Straightwire IC for a headphone amp because it looks cool (so sue's blue with groovy plugs). There is some synergy there now and somehow solid core makes sense to my addled brain. I think the electrons are happy and moving along properly and my system sounds better...the major "skin effect" issue I have now is attended to by my dermatologist.
For the money, if anyone knows of a better deal than Mapleshade I am all ears!
Mapleshade seems too obscure to find at a discount (used or demo) so I think A'quest (for solid core anyway) is a better deal if you are patient enough to wait and not pay retail. For example, I found some clean Diamondback balanced ICs for $65 a pair. Hard to beat.
cogan hall, years ago manufactured hollow core interconnects. in the recent past, legenburg manufactured hollow core cables. both companies are no longer viable.

if by chance there exists a company which designs and manufacturers hollow core cable, listen to them and compare them to your favorite solid core cable. there are several types of solid core cable, including, rectangular solid core, cylindrical or circular solid core and ribbon cable.
So who all makes solid core interconnects?
i believe tara labs has a line of rectangular solid core interconnects. call them to see if they are still in production.

or you can google "solid core interconnect" and see if a name of a company is listed.
i did a google search and confirmed two sources of solid core cable:

1) tara labs

2) parts connexion--legenburg cable
Tempo Electric - Joe Levy. Single solid core pure silver. I use his IC from pre to amps, and SC.
Except for some flexible stuff for in-wall or something, I think Audioquest is all solid core.
Alpha-Core is a ribbon -- in my world a technically different critter than single core or hollow core.
Stereovox makes hollow core interconnects in their Studio Line. Yes, a single, HOLLOW-CORE wire: be careful bending! Anybody compared it to single core ics?
A ribbon isn't solid core?
A ribbon is "flattened core".
A ribbon isn't hollow?
isn't a ribbon cable considered a solid as opposed to stranded conductor ?
Well, yes, it's solid. We surely could include the category, although it's not what originally I had in mind.
What do you have in mind?
I've expanded my mind.
So now it's "Expanded Core?" Most of my cables, according to the mfgr description, are "soft core". "Hard core" cables are tawdry. Note that silver plated carrots can be used as "veggie core" and plated animal parts strung together are "meat core". Avoid "molten core" as they can burn a hole in your rug.
I've experienced the most emotional connection to music in my home with solid core wire. DNM, Crimson. Those cables beat out the Kimber Select, and Nordost Tyrs that I USED to use.
Devilboy, interesting. What specific sonic qualities have solid core given you that stranded haven't been able to?
I agree with Devilboy, the Crimson musiclink cables are one of the very best bargains on the market right now !...
Hifi: Glad to see I'm not the only one who had the pleasure of experiencing Crimson cables. Truly a revelation.
Pmboyd: I've enjoyed the solid core cables more than others because of this: the solid cores made me think less about analyzing and more about feeling emotions of music. You know that feeling you get when you stop analyzing the music and you just listen. Then the moment hits you when you realize you haven't criticized anything for 30 minutes. 30 minutes go by and you haven't asked yourself, "am I getting enough bass? Is the tone accurate? Do I need to move the speakers?
So my answer has less to do with detail and more about raw musical emotion. The other cables impress in the 10 minute demo, but show their true annoying colors over time.
OK, gonna try the Crimson MLs. Several people have recommended 'em. Hard to imagine they're gonna beat my Huffman SX, though. Report to come.
Devilboy, Have you tried the Crimson speaker cables?
OK, gonna try the Crimson MLs. Several people have recommended 'em. Hard to imagine they're gonna beat my Huffman SX, though. Report to come.

I still keep a set of Grover interconects and speaker cables around just in case.
I'm a veteran professional musician...whenever I hear a cable description using the term "rhythmically accurate" I cringe. If a cable is not rhythmic, it's because the dog is chewing on it or somebody with no sense of musical timing is yanking it out of its socket.
Clio09, Do you now have all Crimson cables in your system?
No, I use Q and TelWire cables.

Disclaimer: I am a dealer for TelWire and Q.
I believe TMC are hollow core - aluminum tubing bonded with a copper jacket for carrying the signal.
I have used DNM solid core speaker cable. This design is 1mm in size and fixed in a spaced configuration. There was a jump in clarity and pace compared to traditional stranded copper cable.

The only downside has been a lack of bass in the last octave.

For the money (around 60 pounds for 8 feet terminated), it would be hard to beat. If cost in not a consideration, I do think ultra thin ribbon cabes are the best for IC and speaker cables.
After using various solid and stranded cables over several decades of audio madness, I recently found a synergistic match to my current pile of electron manipulation gear in a recent iteration of relatively inexpensive Audioquest solid core speaker wire...I'm not sure why people want to spend 3 to 10 times the price of this stuff on anything else as it lacks nothing except quasi entertaining mysterious voodoo...if a cable is light on the last octave of bass and musical "pace" (meaning timing I suppose) I can only imagine it's as thin as a polyester microfibre, or the designers blended condor guano into the metal formula. I'm not a cable luddite and if I had unlimited cash I might buy some extreme $26,000 per inch cable just to marvel at how it looks (and engender geek cred in spades, as well as disdain from sane people), but otherwise I remain in the world of the actual, and welcome others along for the ride.
Pmboyd: I use Crimson throughout my system...interconnects and speaker cables. You can see them in my "virtual systems".
To address the bass issue that Agisthos mentioned, DNM has developed two different solid core speaker cables. The Precision Speaker Cable (the thinner of the two) is designed to be used for speakers above 90db. I used this in my old 300b to Lowther speaker set up with great results. The Stereo is designed to be used in speakers that are under 90db. This is a "thicker" cable that DNM made for high current amps and harder to drive speakers. DNM found through customer feedback that the Precision wire wasn't doing all it should in this configuration. I am now using the Stereo in my curent set up and have no desire to change it out.