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All of my friends are like "Oh yeah broooo. Monster cablez r so gud!"

Are they teally any good, or is it just an overpriced piece of wire?
    
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They are overpriced. They offer no benefit. Just Google "cable comparison" or something and you will find endless info that proves cables do not improve sound.

They have been many double blind tests that have concluded in audiophiles being unable to hear the difference between clothes hangers and pure silver wire.
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The main difference you will notice in Higher end, higher costing cables of audio or video would mainly be just the quality the equipment. As above mentioned the actual difference visually or audibly may not be able to be distinguished between a cheap cable and a high priced one, but because of the material used the higher quality one will probably last longer and work at the level you want it to longer. But there is usually a brand out there that sales a cable at a good price and uses decent quality stuff.
post #4 of 16
Unless you live under a radio tower, high voltage line, or inside a nuclear reactor, most expensive cables are a wasteful rip off for anything but the longest of runs. This is doubly true for digital cables.

There is an argument for good analog cables, but in practical terms, just increasing wire gauge will have the desired effect.

I can't imagine anyone actually being able to tell the difference between copper and silver, all other things being equal, a statistically significant portion of the time.
Edited by Blameless - 7/18/11 at 12:23am
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Its just a scam. People like your friends make me so mad because of how ignorant they are.
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It's a scam.
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Overpriced wire
     
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post #8 of 16
agreed its overpriced

get some good 16-18gage wire and youll be just fine

the only monster cable i found that was actually useful was the flat wire for running under carpet

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Edited by ffejrxx - 7/18/11 at 7:18am
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Don't so called superior cables only come into it over longer distances like 15mtrs+
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post #10 of 16
Overpriced. Yes. The normal HDMI cable and the monster one don't have any difference in IQ.

That money would be better spent on the budget for the display quality.
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