I am the second owner. Gold plating on back of spades has been sanded off for more direct contact, which definitely improved sound, as shown in photos. There is a short area where braiding shows some discoloration, from rubbing against the back aluminum pillar of my equipment rack. These are the two reasons for my 7 grading. Otherwise, they look great and perform flawlessly. They replaced my Kimber 12TCs with top grade WBT connectors and immediately improved my system. I have been completely happy with their performance during my over 4 year old ownership. I bought them based on reviews(both professional and owners alike) and was glad I did. Time again to try something else.....as usual.
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