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#29703 - 01/04/04 11:08 AM solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
rcvecc Offline
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Registered: 04/17/03
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Loc: east haven ct
just wondering what the difference between the two is-any benifits from either one?thanks...ron


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#29704 - 01/04/04 05:56 PM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
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Ron, the stranded wire is more flexible and can be easier to handle in some cases. Neither of them has an audible effect on the sound if an adequate gauge is used.
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#29705 - 01/04/04 06:09 PM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
BrenR Offline
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Registered: 12/10/03
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Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
But solid wire can be bent into fun and interesting shapes.

... look, a bunny!

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#29706 - 01/04/04 06:19 PM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
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look, an inductor! :-)
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#29707 - 01/05/04 12:32 AM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
BrenR Offline
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There's always a trade-off to art!

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#29708 - 01/05/04 10:51 AM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
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Two words, SURFACE AREA.
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#29709 - 01/05/04 03:09 PM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
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and?
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#29710 - 01/05/04 07:42 PM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
BrenR Offline
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Oooh, can I play, too?

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#29711 - 01/22/04 04:57 PM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
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Registered: 09/18/02
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Skin effect is a non-issue at low frequency and everything audible is low frequency.

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#29712 - 01/23/04 10:39 AM Re: solid or stranded wire-whats the difference?
cblake Offline
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Registered: 07/21/03
Posts: 80
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Some people do think it makes a difference: because of the skin effect in speaker wire, especially when you go thicker than 20AWG, significantly more current flows on the outside of the wire for sound in the treble range. Here's an excerpt from TNT-audio: Speaker cables

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For all it is worth, the Skindepth for a round Copper Conductor at 20 kHz is about equivalent to the Diameter of a 20 AWG Conductor. At this depth from the conductors surface the current density is 63 %. Hence a 20 Gauge conductor should not experience skin-effect related problems below 20 kHz.




According to this article, the current on multistranded conductors will end up hopping between the various strands, which can be impeded by oxidizing and "grain boundaries" between the strands and affect the sound.

As for the subjective magnitude of the issues: I am sure some people would not notice. However, there are very real differences between various cables, from an electrical standpoint as well as from a subjective standpoint. I am sure that a specific feature like "solid-core," is less important than the overall build quality, and other considerations.

-Cooper


Edited by cblake (01/23/04 10:40 AM)

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