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Old 20th August 2019, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hi Guys

Which cable type would you prefer using for signal transfer between pre-amp and power-amp (RCA plugs).

One of them is a cobber shield with silver plated cores (i guess).
The other one is cobbershield with a solid cobber core.

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Old 20th August 2019, 12:46 PM   #2
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The cable on the left is maybe tin plated, not silver unless the dielectric is teflon.
IME all copper and single core centre wire is best, as per right side pic.
Be sure to wire both channels in same cable direction.



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Old 20th August 2019, 02:33 PM   #3
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Whether solid silver, silver plated, tin plated copper or copper there is no difference in an analog audio interconnect.

Because the coax on the right has a heavy braided shield, it's the better analog audio interconnect.
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Old 20th August 2019, 02:50 PM   #4
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Be sure to wire both channels in same cable direction.

Dan.
What is the direction of such a coax cable
The biggest difference will be how flexible the interconnect will be.
 
Old 20th August 2019, 04:16 PM   #5
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I usually put an arrow on the connectors for identifying the direction...when I can't reach the back side of the stereo.
 
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What is the direction of such a coax cable
The biggest difference will be how flexible the interconnect will be.
Take a listen with one cable in 'normal' direction and one cable 'reversed' and you will usually find that there is a center imaging issue that the balance control does not cure.
You can also listen to each channel individually and you will form a preference with one channel sounding more 'realistic' in terms of depth information.
According to elementary theory cables should not exhibit directional differences, in practice I find that cables are at least subtly directional.


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Old 21st August 2019, 09:50 AM   #7
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Audio cable directionality is a popular myth.

It is unlikely that you could hear or measure any difference between those two cables, so use whichever is cheapest or you have most of. Personally I expect cables to be flexible.
 
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Chrborup make one of each cable and let your ears be the judge, seriously.


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^ Good idea, and swap them over from time to time for never ending improvement
 
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Why and in which terms should a solid core cable outperform a stranded one? Flexibility rules, unless you decide to anchor your gear and nail down the interconnects.
And what is the Ľrightę direction of an audio cable?
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