They are new, they are silk, and they are magnifique! First off, apologies for the appallingly brief write up - the packers are coming tomorrow, I only got the cables last night ( my wife - "oh I forgot, this came for you several days ago" :rolleyes: ), and I have about 5 minutes to do this while my wife isn't looking. I know Steve put a lot of effort into making sure the silk and the thread count was just right. And I can confirm he succeeded wonderfully. The cables have all the goodness of the original Q's - soft, light, zero micro-phonics, no annoying memory. But the silk ones are thicker and more luxurious. You can immediately feel the difference, but the extra body doesn't make them noticeably heavier. Everything about them oozes quality. They have a natural lushness about them. They are ... well silky soft and, up close, there's the faintest scent of lanolin (raw silk perhaps?). If you ever wanted something that was the antithesis of the rubbery plastic, uncomfortable, traditional electric cable - voilà. I haven't seen better than this. Now, after an all too short fondle I have to pack my new cables up for a 3 month sea voyage :frown: . Thanks a ton Steve, these are definitely a home run. And my apologies for the short write up - they deserve so much better. Vive la Q!