At least in terms of interconnects, the relatively “poor” conductivity of gold has no role in determining performance, considering input impedances. Right?
Well, all reviews I’ve read of interconnects with pure gold conductors have been positive, and distinct in their descriptions - gold apparently has a very unique effect on the resulting sound. Spatiality, smoothness, mellowness, relaxed, forgiving but not subduing detail are the commonly described attributes. Surely a LOT of people with sibilance issues would love gold!
There’s just a handful of manufacturers selling pure gold cabling…
Ummmm… A few more.
They’re not especially expensive, generally.
Dual-Connect’s “theory” on why gold imparts the sound it does, is that the outermost free electron is farther from the nucleus than silver or copper. (1 orbital farther from silver, 2 from copper)… Thus it displaces with relative ease in comparison. Doesn’t translate to lower resistivity, it’d be something else.
If you have experience with any cables with gold conductors, please tell us about your experience and do comparisons.
Speculation on gold’s attributes in terms of signal conduction is encouraged!