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Old 04-24-2008   #7
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Default Re: Gold connectors - a bad idea, make connections worse?

Originally Posted by Ken S View Post
If pure copper has a relative conductivity of 100 then silver is 8% higher and gold is 74% that of copper. If the connector whether mated with a connector made of the same metal i.e., silver-silver, gold-gold and etc. will not result in an electrolytic reaction. I agree if you should mate a gold male RCA plug with a tin plated RCA female receptacle, the result would cause a resistive connection over time, because of metal migration, electrolytic corrosion and etc. If the connectors on your gear are gold, there shouldn't be a problem using gold connector cables (which I prefer because of their non-corrosive properties). Gold plating is still the preferred metal for the transmission of low current signals. My guess is that Monster is down-playing gold because the current cost is high and they're looking to replace it.
I concur with you !
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Old 11-19-2009   #8
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Wink Re: Gold connectors - a bad idea, make connections worse?

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Ironically, in the following article, founder and head of Monster Cables, Noel Lee, admits "Gold connectors are a big fallacy." He goes on to state that "you're throwing your money away and asking for problems by using a gold-plated connector." This is because "When you put electricity through a junction of dissimilar metals, there are electrochemical migrations over time that can cause problems." I find this very amusing, since (someone please correct me if I am wrong about this) Monster cable connectors are invariably gold plated. Comments, anyone?
Munster Cables are run by opportunists of the 3rd order! They are just trying to rationalize their way into using an inferior metal on a new line of cables to get out of the high cost of gold. Any high school chemistry graduate can tell you that gold does not corrode so there is no chance of galvanic changes/corrosion being brought about by a copper/gold interface. The the fact that gold is less conductive than copper is also a moot point as the common solders used in virtually every piece of the audio chain are less conductive than copper! Copper to copper is the best but cleaning would be a weekly ritual, a gold/gold interface is the best of conductivity, convenience and predictable electrical behavior over time.
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