Originally Posted by Tequilasunriser
All due respect, but I highly doubt it makes a difference whether it's plated or not. I mean the connections are joined with lead an tin within the amp and the cables/connectors are made with gold plating over some other metal, the headphone jack is nickel plated. Best not to get involved in cable dogma.
I thought the same and I still don't know one way or the other (so not trying to convince anyone of anything). I first started wondering when I bought an upgrade cable for some SE535s and I found that my experience with it went in reverse of my expectations. Placebo effects go in the direction of our expectations so for it to go in reverse means that something was going on - I just don't know exactly what that something was.
After further tests of other cables, I continuously find that plated cables sound worse to me than pure copper or pure silver (although I tend to prefer copper). As I said, the plating thing is still just a theory and I don't know how anyone might measure it because it's so subtle and despite the human ear's relative insensitivity in some areas (such as volume level) it is insanely sensitive in other ways that may be more subtle than what we can / know how to measure (hence all the debate about headphone measurements, cables, etc.)
To summarise (before we go way off topic) I have no idea what the truth is and can only say what my experience is knowing that it is often different to the experiences of others so I'm just sharing, not preaching or convincing.