Solid core and braid-stranded wire differ in construction, how much electricity they can safely handle, and flexibility. Audio engineers debate where there is an audible difference in sound quality between the two.
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Solid core wire consists of a single strand of wire. Braid-stranded wire consists of several strands of wire braided together to form a thicker wire. The cost of constructing braid-stranded wire exceeds the manufacture of solid core.
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Resistance builds up as current flows through a wire. That resistance causes heat, which increases as the amount of power increases. Too much heat can cause a fire. Braid-stranded wire carries more power with less heat due to a greater surface area.
Braid-stranded wire is more flexible than solid core. Current continues to flow if a strand of braid-stranded wire snaps as the remaining strands carry the electricity.
Audio engineers debate the differences in sonic quality between these two types of wire. Many point out that braid-stranded wire is preferable due to its increased surface area and claim that higher frequencies are clearer as a result. Others argue that the larger number of strands create phase issues. Some claim the differences are negligible at the low power of electronics and inaudible.
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