Noticed in the buyers guide (2012 awards edition) that the QED performance 2 as dropped a star, checked out the reviews section and yep, its lost a star. Naah sorry, you guys are wrong on this one. Its a better interconnect than the Crimson Plus - quite a bit better too.
The top end is sharper and more defined without being as aggressive as the Crimson Plus, the mid range is more dynamic and picks up more detail/neuances and its better with vocals than the Crimson Plus.
But its the bass, the bass is better, it goes deeper and its easier to hear differences between low notes/textures between instruments, bass stops and start and is less like low midrange. I own both these interconnects and although I have a modest system, its good enough to differentiate between cables.
The QEDs deserve their 5 stars more so than the Crimson Plus, sorry, but they do. Not trying to put nothing out there or anything like that, but sorry....you're wrong on this one.