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Old 23rd February 2011, 03:08 AM   #1
cr0wl3y is offline cr0wl3y  United Kingdom
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Default Double blind test of cheap/fake phono connectors anyone?

Has anyone had any experience with fake Chinese copies of respected (and prohibitively expensive IMO) phono and other connectors? There are loads of fake WTB, Monster and other such products sold in China, which, although clearly counterfeit, share most of the mechanical and aesthetic properties of the originals.

Has anyone tried using any of these? Are they durable/reliable or do they break after a week of use? Have you noticed a difference in sound? Even better, has anyone done any blind testing?

I am aware that the conductivity of copper and copper alloys is what it is, regardless of the brand that is laser engraved on it. Still, cheap-o connectors could well be poorly coated, poorly insulated between the two poles and/or suffering from a number of mechanical problems through lack of quality control, so I wanted to hear your experiences.
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Old 23rd February 2011, 11:27 AM   #2
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Wouldn't also checking the insertion losses (RLC) of different connectors give an indication of quality, that is also quantifiable. You will probably find there are cheap copies (quality) and there are cheap copies (price). Again the cheap copies show up more when RF or high speed connectors are copied, or even a cheaper make chosen to cut a products cost.
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Old 23rd February 2011, 12:15 PM   #3
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I had WBT 144 RCA's that i got very cheap.They didn't feel/look as good as the original.After a while the paint actually started to peel off!
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Old 26th February 2011, 02:41 PM   #4
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I got them in the end, will try them out for a while and report. In true Chinese copy fashion, they got the model and logo wrong

Bought them from a shop that sold valve amps. They had a pair of 300B DIY looking mono-blocks for 250! I wonder how they do it...
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