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  1. #1 Silver instead of Copper 
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    With Silver being a better conductor than copper is there any other reasons besides the cost that it isn't used in generators to produce power?


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    I think not.


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    If you have lots of cash you can even use gold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c186282
    If you have lots of cash you can even use gold.
    Although it is sold for this reason: using gold wires does not improve the quality of a sound system. Gold even has a higher resistance.

    The difference between silver and copper in conductivity is so small that it's very rarely worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bender
    Quote Originally Posted by c186282
    If you have lots of cash you can even use gold.
    Although it is sold for this reason: using gold wires does not improve the quality of a sound system. Gold even has a higher resistance.

    The difference between silver and copper in conductivity is so small that it's very rarely worth it.
    Cool you are right! I always though gold had a lower resistance.
    Check out Table of resistivities
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    It is just more cost-effective to make the copper wires that small amount of ekstra copper to get the desired condutivity.

    When volume is not an issue, they use aluminium as it has an even better conductivity/$.

    As for the use of gold, it's only used to cover conectors because it is the most corrosion resistant of the materials with good conductivity. I wonder if it would be possible to make some alloy with really good conductivity, and high corrosion resistance
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