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Old 23rd January 2003, 12:50 PM   #1
RobPhill33 is offline RobPhill33  Canada
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Default PVC vs. teflon wire

I have been reading threads on the different types of wire and have noticed that PVC wire is not a very good choice. I am assuming that the PVC does not make as good of an insuator as the others (telfon, PP, etc.). Has any one tried internally wiring their amp with PVC wire and then changing it to a higher quality wire? What effect did it have on the sound?
Also, many DIYer's here use very nice braided wire for the small signal. I was wondering if the signals and the grounds are all braided together?
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Old 25th January 2003, 01:03 AM   #2
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Old 25th January 2003, 03:09 AM   #3
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Teflon wire has a higher melting temperature. If you are wiring it near hot components such as heatsinks and transformers you are better off using something that will not melt as easily as PVC. Also, the current capacity of a wire is defined by the amount of current that can be passed through the conductor at a certain ambient temperature before A) the conductor melts or B) the insulation melts. Many teflon coated wires are silver tinned copper which is good for corrosion protection and good conductivity.
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Making general assumptions about insulation and perceived sound quality is dangerous. While it seems generally accepted that PVC sounds bad and teflon great there are lots of exceptions. Unless you're dealing with a known brand of wire it's quite difficult to predict the sound. I have lots of teflon insulated silver multistrand hook-up wire which sounds so bright that can make your ears bleed.


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Old 27th January 2003, 09:10 AM   #5
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I have lots of teflon insulated silver multistrand hook-up wire which sounds so bright that can make your ears bleed.


Can you name those bright sounding teflon multistrands?

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