At one point I also bought and AC-12 (European version and not from that dealer) at one point an thought it was an original. When I got it I closely compared it with an original AC-12 from an authorized dealer in Germany. It turned out to be fake.
Simple test: Take a sharp knife or a razor blade and try to scratch off the white PS-Audio writings on the metal plugs. If you can the cable is most likely fake (unless PS-Audio changed the manufacturing process).
The letters of the original cable are first engraved and then filled with white colour so that the letters do not stick out from the surface.
The letters on the fake cable are simply printed on top of the metal so that you can “feel the colour” and a sharp knife would stop a the printing when you scratch over it.
Otherwise the fake cable looked pretty perfect incl. the Box
Great, I will try this. I hope Paul can comment on this.
The purchase are covered by Ebay 100% Money Back Guarantee, so if the words scratches off easily I can always ask for refund.
Upon further Google, I found out that almost all 99% Counterfeit made in China are all offered in 2 Meters version. So this one i’m buying is 1.5 Meter is most probably real, but still China can Counterfeit anything easily.
Seller accepted my offer for $450 + $28.50 for shipping to Malaysia. Its about RM2100 in my currency. Why I did not buy locally? Because the only seller here I’ve known to authorized to sell PS AUDIO product asking for RM6561, that’s a ridiculous amount of markup.
Anymore suggestion guys? Maybe someone know this seller? “stereocableconnection” operating since 2003 in Ebay, with only 1 bad rating.
Edit: Someone told me the price too good to be real, however MusicDirect is selling AC-12 2 Meters for $549, so the price is not too far away from genuine. ( I would buy from MusicDirect if the ships to Malaysia, but they only ship to US addresses only )