Is the metal material of the connector also important for sound quality, not just the headphone upgrade cable material?
In the previous post, we briefly introduced common plugs and headphone pin. In this post, we will delve into the impact of their materials on sound quality, as well as the production process and material selection. Common materials include brass, phosphor bronze, tellurium copper, and silver, while gold and rhodium are common electroplating materials. OC Studio's plugs and terminals use a non-nickel plating process to provide high-quality sound performance. Additionally, cryogenic treatment is an essential process for high-end audio and Hifi headphone cable, which can improve the physical properties and sound performance of metals. Furthermore, this post will also introduce how to differentiate nickel and non-nickel gold plating terminals by color.
Quickly understand the advantages of different terminal and plug production processes
high-quality sound. We also individually plate each part, which is more expensive but results in higher quality, such as in our terminal joints and TCGP-CM products. Non-magnetic plating is widely used by Hi-Fi audio brands, and many prefer it over nickel plating. Note: non-magnetic is sometimes referred to as low-magnetic. Some brands use nickel-free plating for rhodium-plated materials, but the plating layer may peel off or cause wear and tear. In summary, while nickel plating improves strength, non-nickel plating provides high-quality sound. You can't have your cake and eat it too!
Cryogenic treatment is a method of cooling a substance to "as close as possible" to absolute zero (at least -185 degrees Celsius). In this process, the substance will reduce the stress caused by the production process from the inside out, thereby strengthening its physical properties. Cryogenic treatment is widely used in the aerospace industry.
The crucial : metal materials
Next, let's talk about the materials. Unlike wires, pure copper is too soft. To balance processing, durability, and usage, a series of copper alloy materials with different characteristics have been developed.
Most of OC Studio's headphone pins and plugs use brass and tellurium copper, especially as much tellurium copper as possible, to provide excellent sound performance and affordable price for audiophiles.
Common plating materials is gold and rhodium plating
Both materials can provide excellent anti-oxidation, but they have completely different sound performances.
In this post, we explained the deeper knowledge of Headphone pins and plugs, hoping to help audiophiles choose the right product. You can refer to the instructions to choose the right product based on price and sound considerations. In the next post, we will teach you how to order an upgraded headphone cable~
Q: Does the material of plugs and terminals affect sound quality?
A: Yes. Different materials have different effects on sound quality, so when choosing connectors, you need to consider the impact of materials. For example, the production process of metal conductors, electroplating materials, and cryogenic treatment will affect sound performance.
Q: What materials does OC Studio use for plugs and terminals?
A: OC Studio mainly uses brass and tellurium copper for plugs and terminals. To provide better sound quality, OC Studio's terminals and plugs use a nickel-free electroplating process, first plating pure copper and then electroplating pure gold, and increasing the thickness of the gold plating to greatly enhance the durability of the electroplating layer and provide high-quality sound.
Q: What is cryogenic treatment? What is its impact on sound quality?
A: Cryogenic treatment is a method of cooling a substance to "as close as possible" to absolute zero (at least -185 degrees Celsius). In this process, the substance will reduce the stress caused by the production process from the inside out, thereby strengthening its physical properties. Cryogenic treatment has a significant impact on sound quality and can provide a quiet background and high-resolution sound performance.
Q: What are the common metal materials for pins and plugs?
A: Common copper materials include brass, phosphor bronze, beryllium copper, tellurium copper, and silver. Each material has different sound performances and needs to be selected according to actual needs.
Q: What is the difference between gold and rhodium plating materials?
A: Both gold and rhodium electroplating materials can provide excellent anti-oxidation, but they have completely different sound performances. Gold plating has a natural, wide, and balanced sound with a charming tone, while rhodium plating has a clear and linear sound with a distinctive grainy feel, bright and high resolution.