Audioquest FLX/Slip speaker cables - a scam?

Category: Cables

I recently purchased a pair of FLX/SLIP 14/4 from Future shop and have run them in for over 50 hours.

Before that, I used to use a pair of Audio-Technica OFC speaker cables purchased from a chain electronic shop's hifi department, which cost me about 10USD (one pair of 2 meters). I used them as a temporary while watching out for good deals out there.

Obviously, the Audioquest cables are a few times more expensive than my previous ones. Based on price difference and the raving reviews from people on various forums , esp the recommendations from WHAT HIFI, I had a great hope that they would bring significant improvement to my system.

Arriving in my place directly from The FutureShop, at first use, I noticed immediate improvement in detail, imaging and stage. Yet, the sound was dull, lifeless, the dynamic is gone! So I thought maybe they just need some time to run in. After 50 hours + of running in, they sound pretty much the same- dull, veiled, lifeless, lack of dynamic!

I feel being cheated. Anyone has an experience with Flx Slip please give me advice. Should I go back to my previous cables, though very cheap, sound much more lively and dynamic?


My hifi equipment:

CD player: Kenwood R-k711 CD receiver
Pre amp: Transcendent Sound Grounded Grid
Power amp: Aragon 4004 MkII
Speakers: KEF C30

Interconnects: Audioquest King Cobra
I've used several audioquest cables and they've all been sold. Didn't like a single one of them. They're the only cables other than an inexpensive set of chord interconnects that made a negative impression. To my subjective taste at least, they sounded muddy for lack of a better term. I'm sure there are some that sound ok or even better, but based on the three I've had, they're not for me.