For me base material matters the most, then coating mix.
I always find that pure copper as base material and silver/rhodium plating as coating works great.
What is best, depends on your system, whether you want to push things, mellow or refine.
XLR & Spades: Which is best? Pure copper, plated gold, plated rhodium or ?
I’m building interconnects and speaker wires and looking for XLR connectors and spades. If copper conductivity is at 100%, why would manufacturers plate copper with lower conductivity metals like gold, rhodium, brass, zinc, etc? Shouldn’t they only plate with 105% silver?
|Material IACS (International Annealed Copper Standard)|
|11||Steel (Stainless included)||3-15%|
My preference is for silver plated copper - it provides better transmisson/clarity and faster dynamics
The tarnish does not bother me because
I am happy with my sound and see no advantage in obsessing over tarnish, because most of the connctors seldon tarnish in the atmosphere of my home
I have tried other types of metals and platings and prefer dynamics and clarity of the silver plated Copper
Regards - Steve