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tinned-copper conductor wire

 

plain copper wire is ubiquitous and the standard for almost all electrical work.  copper is the second most conductive metal, readily available, easy to work with and resists galvanic corrosion.  on the negative side, plain copper easily oxidizes and degrades into a semiconductor becoming far less efficient in conducting electricity.

 

developed in the early 1900s, one of the solutions to this problem was to plate the copper with a very thin coating of tin.  this tinned-copper wire is equally as conductive as bare copper wire but is also highly resistant to oxidation.  as a then state-of-the-art material, tinned-copper wire was used extensively in early audio electronics and was an integral part of the hi-fidelity era that was to follow.

 

in the 1950s, however, PVC insulation was introduced which among other positive attributes protected copper wire from oxidation.  thus, over time conductor wire for most applications including hi-fidelity audio switched over to bare copper with a PVC dielectric, particularly, as tinned-copper wire was more expensive.  for many years now, the use of tinned-copper wire has been the rare exception rather than the rule it once was.

 

despite this being the case, there is no doubt that tinned-copper wire is as much a part of hi-fidelity audio DNA as is the vacuum tube or the transistor.  fortunately, this heritage was recently rediscovered by vintage electric guitar enthusiasts and then by audiophiles in japan.  these two communities found tinned-copper wire to have superb musical qualities offering a natural live-like level of resolution; exceptional dynamic response; an intense tone color; and a rich, beautiful sound...

 

this is where the modern story of tinned-copper audio transmission wire begins.



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