Question about AudioQuest K2 cable

Someone local to me is selling a pair of AudioQuest K2 speaker cables for under $1,000. I did a search on these cables and couldn’t find any serious reviews. I got discouraged/annoyed after reading the first few pages of funny “reviews” on Amazon.

Does anyone have any real experience with these cables?

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,982
    Well I have not, we do have a member here who used another of that series and spoke highly of it. @nooshinjohn

    As the K2 is the top of that line and all PSS (perfect surface silver) you could go one of two ways as on some systems silver can be very bright or harsh or just the ticket. Silver is the best conductor of electricity of all the metals.
    personally I find reviews on amazon to be a JOKE!

    Yes I see what you mean there is nothing out there to even remotely base a decision on.

    Depending on the length you could be getting a great deal on some very high dollar cables, and you could probably flip them easily if they are not your cake to eat.
  • They are 8ft long. I’m hesitant to get them because there’s not much serious discussion (thus very low interest and demand) so it might be hard to flip them.
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,950
    Beware of fakes. At that price, I'd be skeptical.
  • I did think about that, too. I haven’t researched on how to spot the counterfeit AQ cables yet. The seller seems to have a pretty high end system so that makes me not as skeptical.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,982
    Ask where he/she bought them from and if they have a receipt. If you buy and send them to Audioquest they will destroy them if they are counterfeit.
  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,307
    $1500 nine-foot pair on Minneapolis CL. Seller says they retailed at $12,000.
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 3,025
    If you go check them out, bring a gun.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
  • I hesitated too long. It’s sold and pending payment. Thank you all for your inputs.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,831
    edited October 2020
    Too bad I missed this discussion from the getgo.

    @aznwonderboy

    I own the Audioquest Wel speaker wires, also 8ft. I believe the Wel are the upgraded version of the K2. Full PSS as well, mine is single-biwire.

    The reason for the lack of discussion is that they are rare. Mostly because of price.

    I also heard those wires you just purchased, the Satori speaker wires.

    And the prior posters were right, one way to find out if it is a fake is to send it to AQ HQ in Irvine. They will destroy if counterfeit. They will send back to you with new box if they are not.

    I did the same for mine, I sent it in to AQ.

    One way to vouch for the cable is whether the owner has a good system, if he does, and you're local and you can touch and see the cable, you can typically be sure it is legit. There's a heft and feel to an all silver wire.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs TSDx/Bluesound Node 2 -> Emm Labs DAC2x -> Audio Research Reference 40th Anniversary -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers + JL Audio F113v2 x2
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Oppo 105D -> Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2


    Main speakers system evolution over the years:
    Klipsch Promedia 4.1 -> Axiom M22ti -> Sonus Faber Concertino -> Sonus Faber Concerto -> Polk LSi7 -> Polk LSi9 -> Martin Logan Mosaic -> AV123 Onix Ref 1 -> Martin Logan Vantage -> AV123 Strata Mini -> Martin Logan Summit -> Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor -> BW 802D2 -> Sonus Faber Stradivari -> Rockport Avior -> BW 802D3 -> BW 800D3 -> ???

    Old Gear:
    Speakers:
    BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source:
    Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification:
    Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased) -> ARC 5se -> ARC Ref 40th Anniversary
    Amplification:
    HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer:
    Infinity Entra2 -> SVS 25-31PCi -> SVS 25-31PC+ -> Dual JL Audio F113v2
  • Hi @Joey_V

    Thank you for your advice.

    I was actually inspired to go down the cable rabbit hole after reading a few of your posts and reviews. I’m tempted to give the Wel a try one day just to see if it can give me the same excitement as it did for you (even though my system and room are not the same as yours).

    The same seller also has a pair of AQ Wildwood for sale (slightly under $4K). I haven’t jumped on it because they’re too short for my need.

  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,831
    Hi @Joey_V

    Thank you for your advice.

    I was actually inspired to go down the cable rabbit hole after reading a few of your posts and reviews. I’m tempted to give the Wel a try one day just to see if it can give me the same excitement as it did for you (even though my system and room are not the same as yours).

    The same seller also has a pair of AQ Wildwood for sale (slightly under $4K). I haven’t jumped on it because they’re too short for my need.

    Wildwood would be nice. Close to the wel.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs TSDx/Bluesound Node 2 -> Emm Labs DAC2x -> Audio Research Reference 40th Anniversary -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers + JL Audio F113v2 x2
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Oppo 105D -> Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2


    Main speakers system evolution over the years:
    Klipsch Promedia 4.1 -> Axiom M22ti -> Sonus Faber Concertino -> Sonus Faber Concerto -> Polk LSi7 -> Polk LSi9 -> Martin Logan Mosaic -> AV123 Onix Ref 1 -> Martin Logan Vantage -> AV123 Strata Mini -> Martin Logan Summit -> Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor -> BW 802D2 -> Sonus Faber Stradivari -> Rockport Avior -> BW 802D3 -> BW 800D3 -> ???

    Old Gear:
    Speakers:
    BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source:
    Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification:
    Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased) -> ARC 5se -> ARC Ref 40th Anniversary
    Amplification:
    HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer:
    Infinity Entra2 -> SVS 25-31PCi -> SVS 25-31PC+ -> Dual JL Audio F113v2
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