Thanks for this topic. I am right now looking for good power cables for my system, and I have run into a couple of local ads offering second-hand AC-12s for really good prices. I almost ordered them. Fortunately, I needed more than 2, and I went to hifishark to search for more ads. The search quickly gave me this eBay offer:
Now, more than used 10 cables for super-attractive prices available from a seller from China? This did look suspicious. It’s not the only one either, for example here is another: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282847734292. So I started to do more extensive googling, and found various reports about fake cables, including this topic, so this made it clear to me. Apparently, AC-12 is one of those cables which are being counterfeited very widely. I guess, it proves the cable is great.
I do have a question though. One of the pages I found during my search shows an image comparing a fake AC12 cable with a real one:
“Real” cable definitely looks more impressive. According to the poster, “A buddy of mine ordered a new PS audio cable off of AudioGon and got a little suspicious of the seller. He contacted PS audio and they said they think he bought a fake cable and wanted to see it. He sent it in and sure enough the cable he ordered was fake. It was so convincing they had to chop it in half to verify.”
But, the “real” cable on this photo still does not look like AC12 is supposed to look. The image does not show conductors of different topology, like in the cable description:
- Hollow tube conductors for treble performance
- Rectangular conductors for midrange performance
- Multiple gauge conductors for bass performance
So this makes me curious how the "true real" cable looks. Is there any image anywhere showing a real AC12 cable cut in half (not CG images I have seen on the Internet so far)?