How is it the Monster can charge about $150 for an DVI to HDMI cable when you can buy them off eBay for $20?
Am I missing something? A digital signal is a digital signal... there should be no difference from one cable to another in terms of quality. If it were an analog signal then yeah I could imagine there might be a difference because of the shielding.
Monster have done such an excellent job in marketing their product lines that every big electronics store (a la Best Buy & FS) have their cables in stock. Yes, they are overpriced and not great quality but brand awareness is high with consumers. If all you want is entry to mid level quality, Monster is not a bad option. As PosterBoy states, it's the lesser of two evils. I bought UltraLink cables for my AV system, somewhat less expensive than Monster...
However, there are better cables out there and yes, there IS a difference from one cable to another in terms of quality. The best cables should not change the signal traveling through it in ANY way regardless of whether it's an audio or video.
One option my be to stop into a hi fi shop, they can often times offer you good quality at a decent price. if you want a few suggestions of places to try, let me know...
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Monster Cables are way overpriced. It's just a way for Futureshop to make huge margins on upselling. I've actually had them switch products on me from what they showed me to a more expensive model hoping I wouldn't notice! (and expecting me to pay that) I had them for the HD setup and then tried another set of "lower quality". Difference, NONE! So I took the Monster ones back. $450.00 vs. $125.00!