Maybe you could buy a complete cord from Stage 3 & then re-use their parts to improve the design. That would tell you if you've re-invented the wheel, actually made any progress, or lost headway.
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If you use silver cables and silver plugs (which are no problem, BTW - very expensive and easy to bend) - then you need silver counterparts to these silver plugs, silver wires in the walls all the way to the "break box", etc. and the project becomes too expensive to justify :-)
Will such wiring sound good? Yes, most likely it will make a system sound better than the conventional wiring. Is the improvement worth the cost? It's possible, but not very probable :-)
Thanks for both of your responses. Bob, I have considered buying a Stage3Concepts cord for parts, but that would remove the price advantage of making my own. Although, having the silver connectors(if they do offer a major improvement) might offset the higher price. Nemo, everything you say is correct. But, it does seem that we are able to ferret out nice gains with power cords, despite what is in our walls. It seems every little bit helps, but I can not doubt your assertion that there is no substitute for having good cable all the way back to the box. And no, I canot afford to run silver all the way back there.
Being a Dental Lab Tech.I can tell you that making the IEC can be done.I make gold crowns out of wax, invest them,burn them out and cast them with gold, silver is no diff. Melting points are diff. but the same premiss.
Trelja Iam game to try it, all investigate some today and get back to you later.
Hi Trelja: I just pulled out my bag (knapsack) of extra PC's (got busted by the wife as I was in the middle of examining them:-) and found that both the IEC and the AC plug on the Stealth PC are modular in that they open completely up and expose the metal components which look to be replaceable. All of the contact areas look like they can be made out of flat stock though cutting it would stress the metal (silver) and perhaps molding and then polishing would be a better way to go. It might also be possible to cut larger and then grind to shape, though again I do not know how this would effect the metal structure. Don't know about connections either as silver screws would be hard to come by. As far as the IEC goes perhaps just a felt (is it conductive?) pad on one side of each of the silver blades (between the IEC housing and the blade) would supply enough "spring" for a tight fit and would allow the use of single (instead of a spring) blades. I have melted soft metal (a bullet proof padlock) with a cheap prophane torch, so that part is pretty easy.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't the silver tarnish and alter its conductivity at the surface? I thought that was why people used gold.
There are companies that will make custom power connectors. I know the fellow who runs Electra Glide has custom manufactured gold parts made for his wall outlets, IEC outlets, and power cord plugs.
Thanks for all the great input. Dekay, I am happy about what you have said. I have been meaning to take a close look at my IEC ends this week, just have yet to get around to it. Thank you for the heads up. I now see this project should be feasible. Jaykapur, in response to your valid assertion, perhaps the silver is treated or plated. I know that gold or rhodium(another of the 8 precious metals, silver in color) plating can be done at a jeweler for very little cost. I just made up a ring for my girlfriend, it was 18K gold, and I had it flashed in rhodium(which is many times more expensive than gold). My friend's father is a diamond setter on Philadelphia's Jeweler's Row. This is probably the largest diamond district in the US, outside of NYC. I needed him to set 3 sapphires in the ring, and flash it with rhodium. Total cost? $4 for the plating(plus $8 for setting the stones)! And those are his normal prices, he didn't give me a break. Evo845, I am definitely interested in us pursuing this. How interested are you in going down this road? What would be your lead time, and expected cost? Let's presume we would need 4 sets(IEC and male end) of silver connectors for me. Others may also want to jump on the bandwagon. I can possibly envision us making 10 in the first run. If we do have the molds made up, can we make them permanent(or sort of...), to ensure that if we want to make future runs, we would not have to reinvest in a mold? I should also check into the people on Jeweler's Row who do findings/castings/mountings. They do not really sell jewelry, they more do the actual work, and then sell to retail jewelers. The price of silver is very low($4.45/ounce yesterday), people in this hobby keep forgetting that. Or do they only want US to forget that?
I would also like to say that I want this project to be of the benefit of anyone who is interested. In pursuit of a great power cord, I may make a couple of designs. I would like to solicit the help of someone like a MegaSam or Brulee. Someone who REALLY knows cable. Those guys are stars. Send them off a couple of designs, and let the best one win. Then, we can offer a DIY project for everyone(at no cost, of course). Featuring sources for the materials, and plans. I have so much faith in our members here. I honestly believe that we can make a killer power cord, for not a lot of money. If anyone thinks they would like to get involved, just holler. Thank you.