I have replaced the ferrite bead on my audio cable with new ones that I just bought. But I have tested them and they aren't magnetic, it's just like a cylindric metal inside it, but I thought it has to be magnetic to perform it's task.

Does the choke have to be magnetic, or a more magnetic choke works better? Should I buy a more magnetic one? Please explain it to me how it relates to magnetism?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Please explain it to me how it relates to magnetism - Do you want a university-grade course (or even couple of them) to be given in the answer? \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Nov 3 '16 at 14:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ The ferrite bead will not be a permanent magnet. \$\endgroup\$ – Andrew Morton Nov 3 '16 at 14:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ No i just want to know if a ferrite bead is supposed to be magnetic or not. \$\endgroup\$ – jack79 Nov 3 '16 at 14:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ It it supposed to be a permanent magnet? No. \$\endgroup\$ – winny Nov 3 '16 at 14:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ You would expect it to be attracted to a magnet, but not as strongly as iron would be, so a thick coating of plastic might prevent you getting a magnet close enough to have an effect that could be discerned with an unaided hand. \$\endgroup\$ – Neil_UK Nov 3 '16 at 14:34

Yes, ferrite will be ferromagnetic. A strong magnet should glomp onto the core that's inside the plastic snap-on housing. It should be visible when you open the housing since the two halves of the core must be in contact for the core to work properly.

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There will be negligible remanence so it won't be attracted to, say, iron filings as a magnet would be. It also won't be highly electrically conductive (certainly not like copper or aluminum).

If it isn't ferromagnetic (attracts a magnet) maybe it's fake or something.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I have checked the inside, and it does attract a magnet, but not metal, so the metal itself is not a magnet. I guess it's just a ring cylindric of iron, is that ok for it? Or it is supposed to be magnetic? \$\endgroup\$ – jack79 Nov 3 '16 at 14:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's not metal, it's ferrite or powdered iron, but looks somewhat metallic. It won't be conductive. Sounds like all is as it should be if it attracts a magnet. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Nov 3 '16 at 14:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes it's not conductive but it attracts a magnet, thanks for answer. \$\endgroup\$ – jack79 Nov 3 '16 at 15:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Just curious, have you ever encountered a fake ferrite? \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Nov 3 '16 at 15:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EugeneSh. No, and offhand I don't think it would be economical as a component, but I've seen some surprising fake things. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a fake molded bulge on a cable without a core inside it. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Nov 3 '16 at 15:22

Spehro already gave you a good answer. I'll add some points worth noting, since you seem to have some misconceptions on what a magnetic material is.

First, let's clear up the terminology you are using: when you say "magnetic", you really mean "magnetized" (permanently, i.e. without an external magnetizing field). A magnetized object is an object which generates a magnetic field.

So called ferrite beads are made of ferrite materials (or, sometimes, sintered iron powder). Ferrite materials, often simply called ferrites, are a class of magnetic materials (in particular, they are ferrimagnetic materials, whereas iron and steel are ferromagnetic materials – I won't go into further details and differences between ferrimagnetic and ferromagnetic materials).

Magnetic materials are materials which are heavily influenced by external magnetic fields and become magnetized under that external influence. This leads to an enormous increase of the net magnetic field in proximity of the magnetized material. When the external magnetic field is removed, some magnetic materials return to a non-magnetized state (iron and most ferrites do this), whereas some ferrites and steel sport a residual magnetization.

Some excerpts from the Wikipedia articles I linked above:

In physics, several different types of magnetism are distinguished. Ferromagnetism (including ferrimagnetism)[1] is the strongest type: it is the only one that typically creates forces strong enough to be felt, and is responsible for the common phenomena of magnetism in magnets encountered in everyday life. Substances respond weakly to magnetic fields with three other types of magnetism, paramagnetism, diamagnetism, and antiferromagnetism, but the forces are usually so weak that they can only be detected by sensitive instruments in a laboratory.

And also:

Permanent magnets (materials that can be magnetized by an external magnetic field and remain magnetized after the external field is removed) are either ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic, as are the materials that are noticeably attracted to them. Only a few substances are ferromagnetic. The common ones are iron, nickel, cobalt and most of their alloys, some compounds of rare earth metals, and a few naturally-occurring minerals such as lodestone.

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