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I'm puzzled about an AudioQuest HDMI-3 cable I recently purchased from Ebay. I want to test the cable to see if it's genuine or fake and I don't think that I can take it apart to find out. Do any of you experts have some tips on how to go about this task?

I know that the genuine cable is supposed to send a/v signals at over 20gbps
and there is a solid conductor w. 6.1% pure silver coating. Please try to help me and refrain from any argument about expensive cables being snake oil.
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I'd call AudioQuest and ask them what to look for, and I don't think you should take the cable apart.

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What do you expect to prove/disprove?
Use the cable and enjoy it.
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Well, it IS your dime, and if you want to buy a variety of HDMIs from various sources, I suppose there's nothing wrong with gutting a couple of them to spot any(potential) shortcuts in their construction. I wouldn't advise using them though, after reassembly. Chalk it up to 'sperience!

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Well, it IS your dime, ..

Look at some of the prices for that cable. A tad more than a dime.

IMHO, if you buy one for $10 and it works, be happy. It's just a cable.
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There have been problems with counterfeit Audioquest HDMI-3 cables on eBay. Look here.
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Then if one has a question/concern about the authenticity of the cable(s), if the price sounds too good to be true, it's probably a "fake".

Doesn't matter... if you've paid over $20 for an HDMI cable, it's too much IMO.

If you suspect deception with an EBay seller... report it.
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The PDF was extremely helpful as was the advise on reporting this to Ebay. I should have known better. Guess I'll just opt for a full refund through Paypal and order a "Genuine" HDMI directly from BetterCables. No way could I possibly afford or even justify a $275 dollar 1M AudioQuest HDMI-3 cable... Sheesh. A good 4th to all of you!
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