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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 01:08 PM   #1
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Monster Cables Overpriced

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.

What am I missing?
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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 01:19 PM   #2
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What am I missing?
That Monster plays off its reputation for higher quality cables than anyone else.

Sometimes that rep is deserved, other times...not so much....
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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 02:20 PM   #3
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Monster Cables are not the best cables in the world. In fact, a lot of their product is cheap crap. Thing is, their cheap crap is often better than all the other cheap crap you can buy in stores.
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Wouldn't a digital signal need shielding just as much as an analog signal? You're still sending electrons across a wire. I can see an optical signal not needing shielding as much.
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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 02:43 PM   #5
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I never even heard of Monster cables until I saw how overpriced they were in Futureshop a few years back... now it's all I hear about. I think they're waaaaaay overpriced. They're just cables!
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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 03:02 PM   #6
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FWIW, I notice a quality difference between Monster and the cheap shite that comes with DVD players/VCRs/etc or the cheap shite you can get at places like Radio Shack or Future Shop or London Drugs.

But then again, I am picky as hell about things like that.
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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 03:06 PM   #7
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They're just cables!
Well, "just cables' overstates things. High quality cables can and do make a difference in audio, video and gaming.
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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #8
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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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Old Mar 24th, 2005, 07:33 PM   #9
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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!

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Well, "just cables' overstates things. High quality cables can and do make a difference in audio, video and gaming.
I know there's a difference between quality cables and cheap crap, but they're still just cables and aren't worth the price they charge for them.
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