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    Are there any real advantages to gold plated USB cables? I can't imagine there really would be. A salesperson conned my mother into buying some gold plated cables with which you can feel the "fastness."
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    They say the performance is is "better and faster" when the contacts are made of gold plating.
    Technically, this is true because gold is a better conductor, but in practice the difference is not noticeable enough to actually see a performance increase, at least in my experience.

    Depending on who you ask, some say that gold doesn't oxidize the way other metals do so you will get lower resistance and maintain max speeds, and it's supposed to last longer because gold doesn't tarnish.
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    • #3
      The information is digital, so it is bull to buy gold plated usb connectors etc. It is handy for non digital sound or for coaxial connectors, but not for ethernet or usb or things like that. You don't actually improve stability of the connection or go faster then light or something

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      • #4
        Haha, I figured that would be the case. The guy said you could feel the "fastness" and I knew he was full of it. I feel bad knowing she got screwed out of a couple more dollars. I assume Staples employees are commission based.

        Thanks for the info.
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        • #5
          A lot of headphones come with gold-plated jacks now, for this very reason.
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          • #6
            Floris is correct here... gold plate is best used on analogue systems eg: stereo jacks, synths, other music devices. Gold plate reduces signal loss significantly, but only really on analogue systems.
            John

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CeleronXT View Post
              Are there any real advantages to gold plated USB cables? I can't imagine there really would be. A salesperson conned my mother into buying some gold plated cables with which you can feel the "fastness."
              If you're spending more than $5 on any length of USB cable, you're throwing your money away. CompUSA actually marks up their USB 6" cables by 855%, no exaggeration. Best Buy probably buys their cables from the crappiest supplier ever to form on the planet (Monster Cable) and then sells them at a billion percent markup, with some exaggeration there.
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                Hey filbert, I've told you a million and one times not to exaggerate...
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                • #9
                  May be he was referring to the "fastness" of your money going in to his cash register
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                    Originally posted by filburt1 View Post
                    If you're spending more than $5 on any length of USB cable, you're throwing your money away. CompUSA actually marks up their USB 6" cables by 855%, no exaggeration. Best Buy probably buys their cables from the crappiest supplier ever to form on the planet (Monster Cable) and then sells them at a billion percent markup, with some exaggeration there.
                    USB cables are another issue, however Monster cables are actually good cables. On a high end systems, there is a clear & noticeable difference when using Monster versus generic cables, so you are definitely wrong there.
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                    • #11
                      Maybe for analog connections with very good equipment. However, with digital coax cables where 3' is $70, then that's a bit much.
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