Better Audio Through Chemicals

Ciletti, Eddie
May 2005
Mix;May2005, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p132
The article presents information on the use of precious metals in the audio recording industry. Gold is most resistant to corrosion as it is the only precious metal found in nature in its raw form. It is also the most expensive. All of the other metals, including silver, attempt to return to their natural state by recombining with airborne agents, such as oxygen, sulfur, chlorine and fluorine. Silver is one of the more popular contact materials for switches and XLR connectors, for example. For visibly exposed contacts such as connectors, a cotton swab or cloth, alcohol and a little elbow grease will remove most oxides and sulfides.


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