There was a few discussions here about Siltech, but from what I've seen and heard, even chinese fake looks and works like real.
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I know. Wires are the easiest component to fool you. There are fake AudioQuests and Harmonic Tech that look exactly the same.
Its now a larger question to where these wires or cables are being manufactured. The price to purchase equipment capable of properly dressing and terminating wires plus materials turns out to be even cheaper than single set of such PLUS the sonic differences are so minimal that you won't be able to hear.
Having in hands original wire of any manufacturer, it's very easy to replicate it and it's the most profitable to replicate ones for a few kilobucks per piece rather than going an affordable line.
My perception on this is not to use expensive wires anywhere. I'm wired balanced with Mogami. Going wired cheap I see the only way to avoid being scammed... Another way is to get new fake for a-lot less from China from the respected seller that accepts credit cards and issues refunds if your product isn't satisfying you.
To my beliefs wires should never be reaching high hundreds and should be at or bellow $100 per stereo pair at most.
No matter how you calculate labor, design etc etc, It never comes up for such large amount just per wire or cable which brings me to thinking: Who's fake after all?
And finally, I see things OK with fakes that are 10 times cheaper the authentic and look and perform the same because the authentic ones will become closer and closer to the actual reasonable price because there's no other way to fight this grey wire market.
I did test man of them. the only thing they do well are there digital cables. I am from Holland were Siltech is made. To be unnest they are not that special. Even wenn I would get them for free I would not use them. We call it slisssstech. At shows we were alway fooling around with the people. We were not taking them seriously. So for me you would be a fool wenn you would buy them. So use your brains wisely!
There was a thread a while back regarding fake AQ cables from China. It was discovered that these cables were real. Since AQ now does their manufacturing in China, cables were leaving thru the back door and onto the black market. So some of the AQ cables on Ebay are genuine at a crazy low prices and some are very good looking counterfeit.
So I don't know of any safe way to buy these expensive cables, except from the Cable Company where u can buy used or new or use their lending library.
thecableco dot com.
I have also considered Siltech cables. The fact that there are so many counterfeit cables is definitely a turn off. The only information that I can offer is this.
1. According to Siltech their cables have a seven digit serial number.
2. Siltech claims their rca ends are higher quality.
3. Look for a certificate of authenticity.
4. If you buy from someone make sure you can get your money refunded. You can take pics of the cables and send them to siltech and they will tell you if they are genuine.
5. I would check Spearit Audio or Usedcable and see when they are running siltech's on special.
just my .02 cents.
Conclusion: it´s practically impossible to recognize original Siltech cables nowadays ? I bought my Siltech cables 3 pairs interconnects in the very early 90´s so I guess I´m lucky as they all "sound" excellent, no sibilance nor other annoying issues whatsoever, they just reveal more details/nuances. Since then I have not even thought to go back to copper cables and I will certainly not buy Siltech or whatever they may be today.
I also have one pair of Kimber and would like to have another too. I would recommend to go for Kimber.