[sdiy] Relays or reed switches for routing?

cheater cheater cheater00social at gmail.com
Tue Jun 1 02:08:11 CEST 2021

On Mon, May 31, 2021 at 9:56 PM Mike Bryant <mbryant at futurehorizons.com> wrote:
> > The fine layer of oxide on the contact that never gets wiped away and never gets "burnt through" because the current is too low.
> The highest quality relays can't have a layer of oxide as gold plating on silver nickel simply cannot oxidise - it's chemically impossible.   The thickness of the gold plating determines the lifetime of the relay, with ones available for over a million operations if you want.  But a typical 100,000 operation one will be more than good enough for any audio application I can think of.
> Or if you want something a little cheaper the hermetically sealed but unplated or rhodium plated silver nickel contact ones likewise won't oxidise as there is no oxygen in the sealed contact area.
> It's only the vented ones with pure silver contacts that do what you suggest as those have the lowest resistance and are designed for switching power lines or high current signals, not low level audio signals.

Given the "good" relays are so insanely expensive, would it make sense
to take vented relays, put them in a form / cast, flush them out with
something like argon, and pot them?

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