Originally Posted by budgetphile
...The research I have done so far seems to indicate that the ideal insulator for the silver wires would be pure cotton, I started out trying to use cotton tubing, I tried to thread the wire using a needle, the cotton tubing I used had a hardish core, and the wire kept breaking before reaching the desired length, which made me settle for the Teflon tape instead. I am still looking for suitable cotton tubing, I suspect that the ultimate in sound quality in silver ICs would be to use AWG32 for signal, AWG30 for cold, the Eichmann silver plugs (which are ridiculously expensive) and insulate the wires in pure cotton tubing....
Pardon me for barging in, budgetphile or anyone else, but how does the Ag wire know whether it has a cotton, Teflon, plastic or nail polish insulation? All of those substances should be invisible to the electrons traveling along the surface of the wire, no?
Another thing I have always been curious about is that I read that silver oxide is not as good a conductor as unoxidized silver. If this is true, does the part of silver wire which is exposed to air slowly change the sound as it oxidizes over time?