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The Truth About Monster Cable

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Most of you should know this but heres a test from Gizmodo

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• It never pays to buy a Monster cable first. It doesn't even make sense to buy the "marked down" $50 cable you can buy if you don't want Monster. Go online, order your cables, and wait.

• Even if you're going for the long haul, try a cheaper cable from a reliable vendor first. Monoprice isn't the only one. During this process I've spoken with good people at FireFold, DataPro International, and others, and tested an assortment of discount products, with no noticeable problems. I am confident that, if a vendor has a solid return policy and satisfaction guarantee, you should feel free to buy even a super-long cable from a discount house. In the case of my 50-footer noise, a quick return would have been all that was required.

• Monster has a point about future-proofing. I have no doubt, given our testing, that Monster cables can outperform other cables in video formats that are not yet in use. What does this mean for a consumer? Does it make sense to spend $300 now on a 50-foot cable, assuming you will spend thousands to upgrade all of your video equipment around it in the next few years? Logic dictates that the answer is no.

• The only people who should buy Monster cable are people who light cigars with Benjamins. Fortunately for Monster, there are plenty of those people. They're not even suckers, they are just rich as hell, and want the best. This testing did not prove that Monster is not the best. It just proved that the best is, for the most part, unnecessary.
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ugh Monster Cables.... you could not pay me to use them
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The cables themselves are akin to Bose in my opinion, if you wanted to think of it like that. A product that is not necessarily terrible, but for it's price tag there are certainly better competitors available. I have no issue with Monster other than their claims to not be a good cable, but a superior cable.
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Lol Monster Sucks. Duh
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This makes me glad I didn't get monster cables for my ps3.
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Originally Posted by Chipp View Post
The cables themselves are akin to Bose in my opinion, if you wanted to think of it like that. A product that is not necessarily terrible, but for it's price tag there are certainly better competitors available. I have no issue with Monster other than their claims to not be a good cable, but a superior cable.
QFT . . Monster cables are not bad cables. . .and If your want to get technical there are MUCH better cables out there. . My father has "cheap" cables in his audio room . . they're something like $300 for 1 meter of speaker wire. . .

I dont quite agree with the third bullet though. . thats like saying Im not going to get a nice case and intend to rebuild the system around it. Cables can be used from generation to generation (with the exception of the short lived DVI cable) and If Im running surround sound in my house I dont want my cables to be my "bottleneck" (ie lowest quality part of my system) or have to go up in the attic and run new wires. I am one for getting the highest quality long term product when you first "build" and using the rest of you cash for the parts that are going to be upgraded considerably sooner. In the PC world that means spending more $$ on the Case, monitor, and speakers, and hard drives then the GFX/CPU/Ram. The afore mentioned will stick around through many builds and will provide a much longer enjoyment span.

[mini rant] I dont understand why people will spen $100 mor on a gpu in a blink of an eye if they're going to upgrade it in a year but then wont spend $100 more on a considerably better set of speakers that will last them years.[/mini rant]

I guess what Im trying to say is that monster wire has made a name for itself in the public eye (as bose has). They are associated with quality so people pay more for it (unknowingly there are equal or better alternatives that are not as well known). But simply because it is marginally better and or more expensive does not mean it should be overlooked. whats $50 more if its going to last several years any way?
 
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post #7 of 26
basic cheap cables work just as well

its digital..
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The thing is though...when the time came for you up grade all the hardware to make use of the monster cable you could go out and get a cheap generic cable at the same time and be good to go.

Nah...this monster cable stuff is just a group of smart people playing other peoples' egos. People want the best! even if there is no difference between the best and the middle grade...heck even the lowest grade will do fine.

The only thing that has ever made me think about getting Monster brand is that they have really nice connectors that never break or bend and always seem to fit really tight.
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i just bought a Monster DVI HDMI cable off ebay for 14.99. and it retails for 120!
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i just bought a Monster DVI HDMI cable off ebay for 14.99. and it retails for 120!
heh...yeah, ebay is where I've gotten the only monster cables I've ever owned and I paid similar amounts for them. That's all they are really worth...$10-20 or so.
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