The Advantage of Silver Cable

“What is it that makes Zaolla different from other cables?” That’s a question we get when people discover Zaolla Silverline. Why make cables with a solid-silver conductor when most cables on the market use copper?

While there is nothing wrong with copper conductor cables, silver has much more conductive properties and interacts with impedance* differently. Most times when people compare a copper to silver conductor cable, their ears immediately pick up that the silver seems audibly brighter. It’s also why Zaolla uses a thin layer of copper around the silver conductor, to add back a bit of the “warmth” most people expect and so the brighter peaks are better controlled.

You may then be asking yourself, if we know that silver is 7% more conductive than copper, why don’t all cables use silver conductors? The first reason is that silver is a much rarer material than copper, hence the components make for a much more expensive cable. The second reason is silver’s more sensitive to oxidation. While you can go a long way with copper cables being exposed to many environmental changes, silver cables require more mindful consideration.

So, why choose silver cables in the first place if they are more prone to oxidize and more expensive? The answer is where it matters most: in the audio quality. You can listen to the sound sample below to hear that difference for yourself.

High end recording studios that invest thousands of dollars on rare and boutique audio equipment, such as Neve preamps, naturally want to get the most out of their audio gear. The conductive advantage of silver becomes much more important when you consider that any studio with outboard gear is likely using hundreds of feet of cable when you add them all together. The more they can preserve the integrity of their signal, the more they can get out of their equipment, and the more meaningful that silver-to-copper difference becomes.

Electronic DJ and music producer Bad Boy Bill said it best: “I started using Zaolla Silverline cables a few years ago when I really wanted to upgrade the sound quality in my studio. I use Zaolla Silverline for every single connection in my studio… In terms of sound quality, what I put in is exactly what I get out – the music sounds rich and full.”

So, while a lone Zaolla guitar cable will make a noticeable difference, chances are other cables with copper or aluminum conductors are also part of the chain. Using solid silver in shorter runs across lots of outboard equipment has a cumulative effect that makes the result worthwhile.

To learn more about what our Zaolla Silverline cables are made from, visit the downloads page or FAQ section on the Zaolla website. You can purchase these unique and world-class cables through zaolla.com or on our Reverb shop.

*Impedance is the effective resistance of an electric circuit or component to alternating current, arising from the combined effects of ohmic resistance and reactance. For a more detailed synopsis, Sound on Sound did an excellent writeup that can be found here.

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