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SEnsible Comments Please about these Sensibly Priced Plugs

> From what I can gather, the OP is not after sound quality, just something functional, cheap, and looks good.

Absolutely not. I want a good quality plug that won't reduce the quality of the sound I get from my expensive system - otherwise I wouldn't be changing from the supplied power cables.

What I'm asking is "Can anyone positively identify this plug and comment on its quality?". I don't want people saying "if it's a sensible price, it's a fake" Some here have said this without a shred of evidence.

We all know that there are VAST mark-ups at each stage of the retail audio trade and that the fancy IEC plug bought in an audio store will have typically a £50 price tag. We also all know (unless we are totally ignorant of how the audio trade works) that these plugs are essentially not expensive to make (but much more than the few cents ones on standard moulded cables) and the asking price is dictated by those who enjoy the big profits - the importers, distributors and dealers each wanting 100+% mark-up. So if someone close to the manufacturing base buys in big quantities for a big discount and he sells them direct to the consumer from overseas (thus avoiding 25% import duty and sales tax / VAT) with a modest mark-up, he can still make a worthwhile profit.

I suspect that these plugs (advertised on Ebay.uk and Sonar Quest in US) are as genuine as the more costly ones offered by the "audio trade".

If someone can definitively offer FACTS about these plugs, I'd be happy to listen. If people simply say "sensible price equals fake or crap" I'm inclined to suggest they keep their uninformed opinion to themselves. The description of these plugs on the Sonar Quest site clearly states the manufacturer is Oyaide. If they are mis-selling these and they are not made by Oyaide, then they will be prosecuted. Has their claim of manufacture been challenged? Have they been shut down, fined or imprisoned for illegal trading or fraud? I suspect not.

So constructive comments only please. Thanks

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