Originally Posted by tourmaline
Gold cables?! Some silver cables are almost 18.000 dollars, imagine the cost if these were gold!
Gold sounds harsh!
Pure silver can sound softer, if it's a new designed silvercable. Some older pure silvercables in those days had sibilance in the highs and extreem low, so it was out of proportion and sounded unbalanced. new good silver cables don't have that anymore!
Silverplated copper gives the best sound for me. Smooth natural sound with extended highs and lows, but not any sibilance over the spectrum, good balance.
Copper sounds smooth and sometimes somewhat dark or warm. It missed the last detail in the upper regions. Therefor some might prefer the coppercables, since it is capable of hiding imperfections in a system.
My experience is very different on the gold. I have a pure gold mini-mini from Qables and this is the best ipod interconnect I have had - very smooth, very coherent, balanced, fully body, and most importantly, without loosing details. My experience with Gabriel Gold Extreme and Revelation (not pure gold, but gold and silver alloy) also display similar qualities. Very pleasing to the gear. More recent, I try AweSound Simply Gold - a XLR pair. Again, same rich, resolving sound, and extends very well at both end of the spectrum.
And yes, gold is expensive (especially when the dollars are weak today).
"hybrid" copper-silver is said to have the best of both worlds, but to some extent, it can also be seen as a compromised solution. Nonetheless, it is a safe pet and copper-silver hybrid (either in alloy form or plated) is less sensitive to component character.