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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by haujobbz, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. haujobbz

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    Im using component to my plasma and they are nordost optix component leads cost me 200.00:eek:

    The results are amazing with most movies,
     
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    bettercables silver serpent
     
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    BetterCables Silver Serpent
     
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    Supra Component - only 80 quid, but works for me!
     
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    I do not know the silver serpent cables, are they good and how much are they.

    Where can they be purchased from???


    I am about to buy my plasma, and am sorting cabling now, i basically need 2 component cables and 2 rgb scart cables.

    I was going to purchase QED cables, at £60 for scart and £100 for component. I thought these were about the best you could get, any comments??????
     
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    Silver Serpent are from BetterCables in USA (http://www.bettercables.com/ for detailed information). As vonhosen points out Joe Fernand is now the UK supplier of them, I got mine shipped from USA and was hit with huge import duty and tax bill for the pleasure.

    They are a custom Belden cable (silver plated conductors) terminated with crimped canare plugs -- top quality kit in other words.

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    I have never tried silver serpent cables they sound good though.

    Wish i could afford transparent audio component leads i think they cost about 3000.00 dollars:eek:
     
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    Solid Silver Component Video Cables from Home Grown Audio Co..

    None of this SOLID silver plating nonsense, actually solid silver conductors with all teflon dieletrics throughout; also with multiple levels of silver sheilding.

    I don't think there can be a better spec cable, and they cost much less than Transparent Audio at $180/m -- and they probably give much better picture too.

    I have Home Grown Audio Co.'s silver lace analogue interconnects (detail), which have an awesome spec for reasonable $200/m ($50 less if you solder yourself) that beats Kimber Select KS-1030 inteconnect that Russ Andrews sells for £1,091/m.

    These guys make great cables, and let you put the lsat parts together yourself (if you are so inclinded) to save money.

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    Why have solid silver when you can have diamond encrusted solid gold cables? Gold has lower resisitance than silver, and you can wear them round your neck!
     
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    hehe ==why not? as long as the price is right :clown:

    Err... not in this universe it doesn't... :lesson:

    Electrical conductivity of metals:
    Gold 446.4 1/mohm-cm
    Copper 595.8 1/mohm-cm
    Silver 630.5 1/mohm-cm

    Electrical resistance of metals:
    Gold 0022.1
    Copper 0017.1
    Silver 0015.9

    :smashin: bling bling

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    This may all be true, but component is a pretty robust signal and OFC copper, perhaps with silver plating to keep it that way, is good enough for most people. The QED one is pretty good, I have our component cables made by lecktropaks, get very satisfactory results from the silver range, you are looking at about £60 or so, don't actually know cos I order 15-20 at a time, they always go walkies at the end of a show! Perhaps you should all hang about aroung the stands with the most plasmas and get your cables for nothing.
     
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    Sorry for the mis-information, I always though gold was best since they used it to plate connectors and I thought I remebered that "fact" from school, but it appears my physics teacher was talking out her arse! it was a long time ago mind.

    I use copper because no dvd player puts out a perfect video frequency spectrum, so the cable isn't going to make a hellovalot of difference - as long as it's made properly and is adequately sheilded thats good enough for me, I believe it would make a lot more difference between DVD players than it will with different cables (over £20). I connect the DVD player to the Plasma (RGB scart) with a Monster scart cable (the £70 one that looks like it has metal plugs but they are actually plastic but they have copper shielding inside the plugs). The component cable between my set top box and the TV is a cheapo one.

    The one time I did see a cable make some difference was when I was called to look at a computer monitor (LCD via D-Sub anologue RGBHV) that had ghosting/smearing of the picture. The ghosting went away when I replaced the cable for a half decent sheilded one.
     
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    Gold-plating is used for connectors because gold does not corrode. And any corroded metal surface will conduct far less successfully than any metal surface.
     
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    Do copper and silver corrode?
     
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    No they oxidise. The more reactive a metal, the better conductor of electricity it is but the more it oxidises. Interestingly silver oxide is still a better conductor than gold, so you don’t have to worry too much about cleaning silver plugs. Super-nutter-end audiophile hi-fi uses silver instead of copper, even in transformers.

    Oxidisation is one of the reasons for using a more inert metal like gold for connectors and plugs, it doesn’t oxide (so quickly) and need cleaning (removal of oxides with polish); also gold sounds expensive so one can charge a premium for “gold plated” plugs.

    Aluminium is a better conductor than gold – could there be a new AV/hi-fi trend? Solid aluminium plugs! Better conductors than gold, but they just don't sound so expensive do they?

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    Stoomonster, I think you've hit the nail on the head, some people believe that by paying huge sums of money they will guarantee to have a better cable. Looking the part is 1/2 the game. However, don't think aluminium will catch on, cos I can tell you from practical marine experience that aluminium oxide is not a good conductor, nor is it easy to plate with something that is. Shame.
     
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    But what it really boils down to is performance:lesson:

    I know how sceptical some can be, like myself i used to think it was all in peoples minds, until i borrowed different cables and tried them and bamm i was converted to being a tweaker geeker:rotfl:

    last part jus joking ;)
     

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