What Is the Difference Between Solid Core & Braid Stranded Wire?

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What Is the Difference Between Solid Core & Braid Stranded Wire?
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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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Construction

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.

Safety at Higher Power

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.

Flexibility

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 Quality

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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