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Old 12-30-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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Does anyone know the difference between Gold and Silver in HDMI cables? Monster uses Gold, while AudioQuest uses percentages of silver in their HDMI cables. Which is better? Which metal is a better conductor? I have been told that Silver tarnishes but that it doesn't change the conductance.
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:11 PM   #2
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Silver can be anything from silver solder to some silver in the wires. Many cables come with gold plating on the connectors...gold is not that durable but affords a tarnish-free surface with still good conductivity.
Others use nickel alloys, etc. Also retard corrsion, and still make good contact.
You can ask to buy cables on 'loan' and return them if you see or hear no difference.
Most of us just buy quality moderately priced cables from AR, etc.
I like www.bluejeanscable.com because they use recognized quality parts and are put together with care, and reasonable in price, with outstanding customer service.
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Does anyone know the difference between Gold and Silver in HDMI cables? Monster uses Gold, while AudioQuest uses percentages of silver in their HDMI cables. Which is better? Which metal is a better conductor? I have been told that Silver tarnishes but that it doesn't change the conductance.

AudioQuest has the best line of cables between the two companies. Silver with one valance electron is the best conductor. Use this to keep them clean and working well.

http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage....ctGroup_ID=177

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AudioQuest has the best line of cables between the two companies. Silver with one valance electron is the best conductor. Use this to keep them clean and working well.

http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage....ctGroup_ID=177

But the question always comes down to what difference will you hear or see? That's why it's best to get high end cables on loan.
Granted, differences may be apparent with more sophisticated audio/video systems.
Ironically, the advantage of better conduction would be less resistance. Less resistance in a cable is not a big factor except for long runs, making silver cables even less practical for long runs due to the high cost.
Other factors like impedance and shielding integrity could outweigh low resistance, not to mention contact resistance and pin retention (especially for S-Video, and other multi-pin connections).
Given all that, I would spend the money on an AQ or Kimber cable before a Monster. But have doubts either of the 3 is really an advantage, again, unless your own perception proves otherwise.

BTW periodic connector cleaning is good advice that's often passed over.

In the end, it is not too difficult to know when you have a bad cable, but may not be so easy to know when you have one that's good enouigh.

http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/artic...,121777,00.asp
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Ok, so why isn't it just as smart to buy a standard HDMI cable for $11 on Ebay (including shipping)? I'm going to have a real good 32" Samsung/Sharp/Panny in my bedroom. Why spend $40 when I could spend $11?
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Ok, so why isn't it just as smart to buy a standard HDMI cable for $11 on Ebay (including shipping)? I'm going to have a real good 32" Samsung/Sharp/Panny in my bedroom. Why spend $40 when I could spend $11?
Yeah, why not?
Read the PC World article. I think one reason some people do not buy generic is because there is a 'warm & fuzzy' associated with brand names, like AR, who makes reasonably priced cables, for example.
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