Originally Posted by WaxMan
I am curious as to what your opinions are on the sound of silver. I happen to love it. It fascinates me that a cable made of silver can have such a different sound than say a copper cable. Silver to me is a wide open airy warm sound. But a kind of fluffy warm sound, a smooth warm sound. I am speaking from experience gained from a couple of ipod line out docks I have used in the past. First I owned a Jumbo Cryo and I loved it. The sound was just amazing. I have since sold the Jumbo Cryo and now I use a Jumbo Cotton Dock V2. I am amazed at the warm sounds that the cotton dock produces, it is not bright or harsh in any way though, just warm and airy sounding. The thing I loved about my Jumbo Cryo was that it was so durable, I worry sometimes about my Jumbo Cotton cause I just know that silver is kind of soft, and not as resiliant as copper. I tote it around almost everyday, maybe I'm just being paranoid though. I'm sure it will be fine. Anyway just wondering what other people's opinions are on the sound of silver. Thanks!
I just did a comparison of pure silver RCA IC (RAL Paradise) v. pure copper RCA IC (Audioquest Columbia) and the difference was immediately obvious. Of course they weren't the same design with only different material, but here's my observation:
Warmth is what I'd use to describe the AQ. Good glowing warmth, vintage kind of feeling. Plenty of body, plenty of bass.
The RAL WAS brighter, there was more clarity, separation was better, and cleaner, airer. The tone was leaner and bass was leaner, but definite.
I chose the AQ because it is better for longer period of listening (but that's not saying the RAL is harsh). I like the sound and don't mind the slight sacrifice in clarity.
All that said, silver done right can sound warmer; copper done wrong can sound grainy - a lot of how the cable will sound still have to do with the design - the add-ons to each's nature. I guess that's why we see so many hybrids today.