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I think my uncle's old college roommate is ranked high up in the monster cable company... lol
post #12 of 70
not to mention monster cables usually have a markup of around 50% or more
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post #13 of 70
Coat hangers? Ha! And here people are spending a fortune on cables. All you really need is a good conductor (copper/aluminum) and to make sure that it is of sufficient gauge to handle the current delivered to the speakers.
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I think this story is BS. Cables need insulation or they will get interference. Also, I can hear a difference, an example, on my dad's car stereo system and mine, we both have the same speakers, and deck, except he put in good high quality cable. His highs, sound a lot crisper and his lows a lot clearer. There is a difference.
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Which is why the only factors that I use for buying audio cabling are insulation thickness (so I don't sever it) and length.
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post #16 of 70
I'm using really crappy radio shack speaker cables on my Cerwin Vegas. Too low a gauge but hey, I live in an apartment anyway so I can't let them pound away too much.
    
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post #17 of 70
Quote:
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not to mention monster cables usually have a markup of around 50% or more
Try like 800% or more...
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post #18 of 70
50% mark up? try about 800% (pulled that number out of you know where, but you get the point). cables are one of the most marked up items at stores like best buy and comp usa. HDMI cables are like what, 50 bucks for even a short length there, while the ones i bought on amazon were 6 and are solid and work perfectly and even are "gold plated". i do however, have to agree that this test is biased. we have no idea what kind of equipment was being used, and there are plenty of people who think they are audiophiles, who have no idea what to listen for. aslo, especially on longer cable runs, having quality cable makes a big difference. i however would never purchase monster cable.

*note* i do not consider myself a true audiophile, altho i do work in live sound and recording and have a killer set of studio monitors and used to work for Shure with their In ear headphones. im just in it for the music, as long as i dont have to put up with Bose or Apple headphones/speakers, ill be ok.

EDIT: holy heck duckie, i kid you not i was typing mine up while you posted your 800% remark and we totally came up with the same number independantly. its official. it IS 800% markup, since both ducky and i say so.
    
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post #19 of 70
Stores make a significant % of sales from the markup on cables. They even sell some things (like TVs, LCDs) at a loss, and make it up with warranties and cables.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BloodThirstyEmu View Post
I think this story is BS. Cables need insulation or they will get interference. Also, I can hear a difference, an example, on my dad's car stereo system and mine, we both have the same speakers, and deck, except he put in good high quality cable. His highs, sound a lot crisper and his lows a lot clearer. There is a difference.
And they're most likely different cars with different acoustics and characteristics.
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