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    Default Over-priced cables - it's not just hi-fi!

    Below is a picture of two cables. Both are 9W to 9W serial data leads and both are wired one to one.

    One of them came from CPC and cost around 3. One was purchased from a manufacturer of high voltage DC power supplies and is used to link two of their supplies together - no details were given at the time of purchase but we were led to believe it's a very special lead. And the cost of this one? I hope you're sitting down - 230!!!!!



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    It's obvious. The maker of the cheap item has pinched the design from the premium cable.

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    Popcorn time!

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    The expensive one has a twist tie
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    Spare part rip-off time. BIG time.

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    The very slightly different coloured one is clearly the better more expensive one
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    Clearly the longer cable on the left is the more expensive of the two. It was probably assembled under the light of a full moon by virgin assembly line workers, blessed by the Dali Lama, cryo-cooled, demagnetised and then burnt in for two months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieoftheday View Post
    The very slightly different coloured one is clearly the better more expensive one
    That makes either of them the more expensive cable, now it's getting confusing
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    The expensive one will come in a very nice box, supported by a lot of BS and with rave reviews in the mags. Well worth the extra..

    Seriously, I have seen the import prices of many highly touted incons and speaker cables which cost the distributor/manufacturer just a couple of $ per mtr and the consumer ends up paying hundreds of Pounds. Packaging and BS account for the vast majority of the price.

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