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The theory, as I understand it, is not that solid core sounds better, it's that stranded wire can sound worse. Multiple strands bound together carrying signal on the surface of the wire interact with each other smearing the time relationship of the signal (proximity effect), something that solid core wiring doesn't have to address. This can be overcome by using Litz configuration where each strand is insulated individually before being woven together and the advantages of multiple small gauge wire (skin effect) can be fully realized.IME there is a definite advantage to either solid core wire or true Litz construction (often Litz is misused) in sound quality. There's an ease or relaxed nature to the sound that's very inviting. However that's a broad generalization as all things are never equal in audio cables and other factors can swamp construction type.The guiding factor in all audio cable is that wire can never, ever improve the signal, it can only degrade it. So you're always looking for what does the least damage to the signal.
that was sarcastic, i just want an answer.
first thing i see when i come back to my mail box here is a huge member complaint about the lack of civility here, sadly as well, from one of the most respected and admired audio engineer's here or at 6 MOONS.
Suggestion: stop thinking about it, go take a nice long walk. You'll soon realize how ridiculous it is to get stressed out about strands of speaker wire.
I ask this because power flows on the outside of the wire, not inside. So wouldn't more strands mean more power/clarity? Why do people put solid core wire in speaker wire?
I am going to pretend the two pages of 'stuff' between the op question and my response does not exist.The first point is to cover a slight misconception of "because the power flows on the outside of the wire". That is a partially correct and partially incorrect idea. There is complex math of exactly how the electromagnetic wave move in a wire.. much on the surface, but some depth which is FREQUENCY DEPENDENT, and AMPERAGE DEPENDENT, More power, lower frequency/deeper. Less power, higher frequency/more on surface.. and the deeper, slightly slower. There are also math formulas for how deep the current flows. Basically the higher the frequency, the more it stays on the surface. Why Silver plated copper works great for VIDEO and digital signals... (higher frequencies).For audio frequencies the whole skin effect is not very important. Other factors such as signal jumping between strands, type of insulation, wire geometry, and wire purity matter more.I would suggest some folks prefer solid core because the specific bit of wire they tried, sounds better in THEIR setup than the exact other stranded wire they tried. Now maybe if they had tried some other stranded wire, that would be even better. But as it is, they found a solution for them, in their system they like.Naturally, many folks think they discovered a 'universal fact' and proceed to 'tell the World' the 'truth' as they discovered it. So we get notions that 'Solid is better than stranded' and others wonder WHY??? The fact is, it is all relative, and one solid wire, or another type of stranded wre.. may or may not perform better IN A SPECIFIC SYSTEM than a different wire.I ihope this hopes in some tiny way.
I left this forum do to its lack of "Manic Depression Control" While the mod here has tried some what to return this thread to a semblance of adult maturity, I see no ones listening.First rule when entering a forum is to recall, many who come here do so with some real dark psychiatric agendas and not music, and would love to see a young sincere fella like you stumble cause they have issues walking up right them selves,
not really, you're the one trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. Anyways, 'who' says it sounds better ?
Upon occasion this circle becomes a problem child and there are discussions behind the scenes as to whether it's wise to continue on with it. I point out that because of the quality of the membership it's one of the only places on the web where you can have a civil cable debate. We have a firm and unbending rule that all opinions are welcome, but denigration of those posting opinions is not. Our illustrious founder of the circle put in an addition rule, no jackass comments. Basically snarky comments that fall short of a personal attack, but can still generate arguements, are also not allowed. The quoted text are examples of this. This requires a heavier hand in moderation than I'm comfortable with in other circles, but one that I feel is critical in maintaining the level of respect and civility we have all come to enjoy here at AC. Facilitator guidelines suggest that the first step in moderation be a post saying 'cut it out'. Consider this that post.
I'm a bit confused as to what defines solid core
Maybe some examples of solid core vs stranded products, be it PC, interconnects, USB etc.. would be helpful (to me)
I had no idea this was still active, looking at all the answers I got, it's clean that there's a lot that I don't know or can't understand
Who and where is that please?
yes, and how charming it is to meet a person who can say in public "I don't understand" I am sure Edison and Einstein did it all the time, till they were the only folks who understood.Frankly Professor Husky I don't have the brains god gave a monkey wrench, I don't care either, cause i am a nice guy and thats more important, but i do know there are folks who do wonderfully beautiful things to music, that my very nervous system tells me is a elegance and really a form of nurture , let alone my ears -when I hear certain system parts added to a system like inter connectsOften i let my senses tell me what I need to know, and wowie zowie did that work and turn out good when i met my BEAUTIFUL wife.I also know with no small painful memory that there are folks who can not hear the difference between a wire, or a warmed up system versus a just turned on one, and these folks will slander you into the ground with "numbers, laws of this and that, and the big bang theory to make up for their sensory incompetence and at the cost of your sense of literally- Spiritual Existentialistic Validity- as a human being, boy oh boy oh boy do the hyper sensory dead, resent having their disability pointed out.Jesus warned you.I need to compliment a kindness here, my producer friend who left me a wonderful PM taught me the most important word I have ever found to describe a good system---ELEGANT, and elegance comes in a million forms of sound, and trying to measure it by numbers IS A GOD D-------D FOOLS ERRAND, like comparing beautiful women, none are equal, there is no equality, each one is priceless, special and unique unto them selves and you can not profane them by trying to make love to one in a laboratory. "Mr. Jeff Rowland, is it true none of these amps produce sound spectrum above 16,000 Hertz, yes that is exactly true." these are horrific words to some folks, don't be one of them Professor Huskey.Prof. Husky, a good system, no mater what it does in the numbers will stone stop time and hypnotize you, heal you and make you remember you are a human, its a lover's and poets errand to measure this, only the romantic will ever get it, not a ding dong with a multi meter.Lets please raise our glass to the many folks who have the brains to build a elegant system, but lets refill and raise our glasses to the poets adoration for beauty that gives us the ability to hear it.(this is private -Thank you R., the birds have returned, you have done so very much good for the world, see it. know it)I am not very smart, I do not understand the following-Eddy currents(also called Foucault currents) are loops of electrical current induced within conductors by a changing magnetic field in the conductor, due to Faraday’s law of induction. Eddy currents flow in closed loops within conductors, in planes perpendicular to the magnetic field. They can be induced within nearby stationary conductors by a time-varying magnetic field created by an AC electromagnet or transformer, for example,or by relative motion between a magnet and a nearby conductor. The magnitude of the current in a given loop is proportional to the strength of the magnetic field, the area of the loop, and the rate of change of flux, and inversely proportional to the resistivity of the material. That the person who wrote that is a kind pf poet too, goes with out saying, but i am stupid so I have to watch the movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkYqfiOVOVY GRACE RUBY
I have a small reading disability, so i wasnt able to understand that complacently, but what i got from that was that every system sounds good to someone and that its not all numbers and readings, so i thank you for showing me that
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