Gold plated optical cable

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  1. Sureitsoff?

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    To justify a higher price.
     
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    Idea is gold does not tarnish so always makes a good connection, however in real terms @Alec_t is correct, they can get more money for them, as clearly with optical does not matter if it tarnishes as not an electrical connection.
     
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    To make money out of unsuspecting consumers unfortunately!
     
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    No worse than audio power cables. 1.5m power cords selling for £££ yet they connect to the existing house wiring.
     
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    Its £5.59 - I doubt its real 24k gold plating at that.
    Reviews say the build quality is good.
    What's the problem if it matches other gold plated connectors being used? :)
     
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    BIB: I hope that's a tongue-in-cheek remark and that really you understand that optical is a light beam connection, so there's no electrical connection to benefit from any kind of metallic end connectors let alone ones coated with a few micros of gold plating :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Of course.
    The electrons will obviously choose to use the optical cable that has gold on it's mating moldings as it looks pretty. :)
     
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    The choice for looking pretty is bang on, but there's no electron mobility here darling. Well, not unless the gear has been hit by lightning. It takes a hell of a lot of potential difference to break the electrons free in PVC to get a current to flow. It's all photons; massless packets of energy. They still like shiny things though. ;) :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    We know this - but true audiophiles know better..... :)
     
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    Somewhere there is ( was ) a source of mains wiring cable that has ( had ) a lot of "pure gold" used in the conductors. Said to be far better than plain copper cable.

    I cannot find any links to it, maybe it has been discontinued, but the search did turn up some cable from Russ Andrews


    Quoting from Russ Andrews

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    When you’ve upgraded your mains cables and extensions all the way back to your wall socket, you’ll know how big the improvements in performance can be. The next logical step is to create a separate ring main to supply your Hi-Fi system; we have a special version of our woven mains cable for creating the ultimate mains circuit!

    Our Opinion
    Russ Andrews Standard mains install cable is our entry level cable for the job, using the high purity copper and insulation. Your system will sound sweeter and more natural, rhythmic and musical.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Number of conductors - 16 (eight Live & eight Neutral, colour coded brown & blue)
    • conductor size: 2 x 10 AWG conductors (2.55mm diameter, 5.26mm²>)
    • Conductor material - Copper
    • Cable rating min 13A
    • Central Earth wire - 2.5mm²
    • Total cable diameter - 12mm
    • Insulation - PVC dielectric

      The cable is supplied in single insulated form. For installation purposes and to comply with current IET wiring regulations the cable must be double insulated, which can be provided at additional cost.
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    Cable rating min 13A
    does this mean the cable will not work properly if the current is less than 13 Amp
     
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