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Advantage to the use of gold (Au) plated audio connectors

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  • Advantage to the use of gold (Au) plated audio connectors

    We have all seen gold (Au) plated audio connectors in various configurations ranging from RCA type, 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch TRS (TIP Ring Sleeve). The advantage of these connection materials in audio interconnection systems is reduced corrosion at the junctions between the gold plated surfaces. Non-gold plated tend to corrode (a chemical galvanic reaction) over time and become noisy. Generally, it is worth the extra expense to use gold plated connections between low-level (line level on down to phono level) interconnections. Also, because of the conductivity of gold, ground loop noise injection may be reduced by using gold interconnections.
    Last edited by Craig Maier; 02-03-2024, 06:38 PM.
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