I tried silver on IC and speaker wires, and found my tube system too bright, so I changed my speaker to copper, and now it is just right from top to bottom.
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It's all system dependent. I tried silver IC's in various locations only to find that I lost that midrange palpability. Yes, the top end was airier and even the bottom end tightened up, but the midrange is where you live and magic there is important. I decided to make a hybrid copper/silver IC and it worked somewhat - midrange magic along with top end sparkle and bottom end extension & tightness. But it only worked well from my DAC to preamp - nowhere else (especially bad on phono).
It's a trial and error thing, so don't jump to conclusions using a silver IC in just one place - move it around and definitely give it mondo break-in time (use a cable burner if you can) before you decide.
There are no rules that apply to everyone, whatever sounds best to you. Everyone has different gear and tastes and what sounds right in one system may not sound good in your system.
I own silver & copper ICs and silver & copper speaker wires and mix and match them all the time depending what gear I am using and what sound I am trying to attain.
Then we have AC cords........another variable.
Before I sold my pre 2 weeks ago, I was using all Luminous Audio cables, which consisted of Renaissance bi-wire spkr. (Copper), Synchestra Sig (Copper) to the amp & Silver Ref to the CDP. All my PC's & outlets are copper.
I found the one silver IC to the CDP added a fine bit of detail w/o brightness I didn't have before. The quality of the silver seems to be more critical than copper, as most silver cables I've heard I didn't care for.
As the other posts infer, you'll have to do some experimenting to get the right mix.
From what I've read, copper will will give you a deeper, fuller bass. Silver a more airy/detailed top end. (some silver cables may be to bright) For speaker cables I'm currently using a pair of Jena Labs Valkyre (copper) on the bottom (my speakers are bi-wireable) and Xindak fs-2 on the top. The fs-2's are a silver and copper sandwiched design so I'm getting the detailed and airy top from my tweeter's and the copper brings in the lower end of the mid-range drivers. With this s/c combo I've used both copper and silver i/c's with good results. Currently I'm using Shunyata Aries S i/c's (copper) and the sound is outstanding.
The Valkyre's are wonderful cables and when my budget permits I'll get another pair to try on the top but for now I'm very happy with this silver/copper combo.
Complementary colorations - I agree wholeheartedly. It is definitely best to get equipment wiothout colorations and mate them together, the room included. Unfortunately most of us don't have access to the funds, or the equipment or the dedicated room environment to pull this off. We have to make do with what we can afford and/or what we own (expensive equipment alsways seems to have their own voicing too, so that's not a good parameter to go by either).
That's why trial and error in cables is so prevalent. It is easier and less expensive to use DIY cables for these tests, but not everyone is so inclined. Yes, they are tone controls to make up for deficiencies elsewhere. Hopefully the deficiencies are minor enough to correct with a different cable though.
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