I admire your dedication. I'm going to ignore the sheep part, and however you interpret that is okay with me. It's pretty obvious that silver is the most conductive metal, with copper coming in at a close second, which is why cable manufacturers won't usually go the extra mile to use silver instead of copper because there is almost not return on their investment. I do have some 10 awg cable (not speaker cable) that is made up of dozens of copper wires plated in silver because of it's resistance to oxidation, and in some of the extreme environments that it's used in, that actually matters, and it is also sheathed in PTFE, making it one of the most versatile and well built spools of wire I own, but I would never waste such an expensive piece of metal on something like speaker wires, where it makes no difference. I'll go on amazon and buy generic speaker cable, and get two conductors bundled together with enough copper to handle more than the power my system can draw. Back on track though, if someone wanted to show me, with a high fidelity microphone, the actual difference in wave characteristics, like do some Fourier analysis on the signal received by the microphone, with the cable type being the only system variable that was changed, if you could show me that it makes a difference, I would happily believe you. The problem is that no one has done this. And yeah, the argument will come up that "Oh your ears are more sensitive than the microphone because the bitrate on the microphone is finite" well so is your DAC, and that doesn't seem to be stopping you from believing that cables make a difference. You can spend a million dollars on the best DAC in the universe, and the bitrate will be fixed, and anything you play on it will have that bitrate, or it will be upsampled. Things that supposedly happen on the atomic level will happen soooo much faster than whatever bitrate you are using, that it will never be the limiting reagent. If, by some miracle, you could have your audio sampled and played back at some trillion samples/sec, then I would believe that it would make a tangible difference, however the resolution of the human ear is impossibly far from that limit, so it wouldn't even come close to mattering. I have designed and built speakers from the ground up, and that says nothing about my skills as an audio engineer. They were mediocre at best, muddy and bassy, without enough representation in the highs, and I knew they were bad, and I knew I would never be as good at this as JBL or Yamaha, but I had a lot of fun. In my various experiments with these things, I discovered something. I was using this monster speaker cable that I got at a yard sale for like $3, it was about 100' long and 12 gauge. Good shit, but it was old. I didn't have a lot of money or knowledge, so I used that to drive one half of my speaker system, the other half I used some generic car wire, 18 gauge I think. I plugged in the system, and started listening, and one half of it sounded awful. Like it was just crummy, and honestly it sounded like it was clipping. I check, and sure enough, one of the connections I had made with the monster cable was shorting out, the little treads of copper at the terminal had managed to touch in all the shuffling around. I fixed the problem, and then started playing music again, and there was literally no difference. It sounded amazing on both sides and I was happy as could be. The gauge was something I was worried about, so I cranked it right up and both sides sung like the Sistine chapel on Sunday. I have no reason to believe that wire quality makes a difference, gauge might, but I seriously doubt it if you are below the current threshold. I really, really want someone to prove me wrong, like actually prove me wrong with recorded audio. I would love to know what is actually happening, but I can't just take some guy's word on the internet because his feelings told him something that couldn't be proven true. It's like religion, I'm an agnostic atheist, I don't believe that there is a god, but if someone were to show me that I'm wrong, with good, hard evidence, then I'd be happy to believe them. Until then, I'm gonna stick to the laws of the universe, governed by things out of my control.