Seen it worse than this ....
That looks like it would provide limited protection from ingress of external air, but even if it did, there is a lot of air trapped inside to interact with the copper.
Oxidation on surface of cable under clear jacket
Wondered if anyone has had this problem. I have a pair of “Oval” cables I was going to reintroduce into my system. They’re 15 years old. I noticed that green oxidation had formed over a length of the cable under the clear jacket. Since there is shrink tubing over the spade connector, so I can’t tell if the oxidation has reached the connector. Problem is the manufacturer’s warranty was over many years ago. They weren’t inexpensive. Seems others have had the same issue. I guess I’ll give them a call to see what can be done, but I’m not optimistic. I do have another manufacturer’s cables I can use if this can’t be remedied.. Your thoughts?
When I started building my first Hi-Fi system, decades ago, I built my own speaker cables. They had clear shielding, and eventually noticed the same oxidation problem that you experienced. So, I started searching for a replacement...
I agree with the first half of williewonka's comments, but not the second half.
You see, I replaced my DIY cables with Audio Envy cables then realized I had made a mistake. After a break-in period (over 100 hours), the Audio Envy cables were noticeably unbalanced sounding (thin, harsh treble, average mid-range, anemic bass).
When I called the owner of Audio Envy to relay my concern, I was told that the 'brand new' cables that I bought a few weeks ago had already been replaced. Apparently, he was cleaning-out his stock of OLD cables, which he sold to me. I asked to upgrade these old cables, for the new ones, but he refused to give me credit for the ones that I just purchased!
I turned to Anti-cables (Level 3), which were just a little more money at that time, and I really like Anti-cables as an entry-level solution. Much, much better balance, coherence, and all-around more 'believable'. Please know that, other than making full-retail purchases, I have no affiliation with Anti-Cables.
Furthermore, the Anti-cables website states:
Products may be returned for a full refund up to 30 days after taking delivery. The ZEROs are a full 60 days.
I had one customer-service issue (and exchange) with Anti-Cables and it was promptly addressed. I recently upgraded my speakers, and the Anti-Cables are performing great. Though inexpensive, I believe that they are NOT a limiting Q factor in my system.
I hope this helps,
Inagroove Good advice. The 12TCs I have areindividually insulated single strands. I’ll give them a close exam before I connect them. And they’re about 3 yrs old I’m out of town for about another month. And then another listen. I was also looking/not ready to buy, Straight Wire and the other recommendations. But not till I reevaluate the 12TCs
BTW. Now I’m also wondering what shape my Oval interconnects are r in? They don’t have a clear outer sheath. I’ll give them a look when I get back ANC’s Kimber Hero interconnects
Lastly, if this is a problem with many cables (affordable and expensive), do we go into this knowing that down the road it’s not a long term investment?
I’m looking for my 10 Ga. Zip cord. LoL