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sexyblackbmw wrote: ↑In support of the OP:
Sure price not so attractive when you compare it to a cheap poorly constructed $5 HDMI cable.
But when comparing it to other monster cables (with all their overhyped marketing) this is actually not a bad deal if you're looking to buy a monster HDMI cable! Yes, there are still some people that would prefer to buy well known Brand Name products.
All you "hardcore" AV experts buying high end, expensive Audio/Video equipment, and then you skimp by choosing the $5 chinese made cable? What happened? Ran out of money after buying your expensive AV Equipment? I'll laugh in your faces if you believe you're buying a good quality cables at $5 to connect your Bluray Players, HD Cable boxes. etc.
Everyone gets away with it working because you're dealing with a digital signal, etc. I hope no one is using the same logic here for speaker and anologue cables! I Also hope no one here using the $5 cables are running long lengths 20+ ft. Because you're losing out.
Jan 26th, 2009 3:45 am
Sorry I should of specified I was concentrating on the $5 cables anyone can buy at local bargain stores, like walmart, tscc, etc.recordman wrote: ↑The $5 Chinese made cables from monoprice are not cheap quality. I have a handful of them, as well as other cables from monoprice. Can anyone confirm Monster is not made in China? We are talking about a 3.28 ft cable, so distance is a non-factor. I do have $2-$5 cables connecting a HD box, BD player to a good receiver. The $25+ Monster cables would not make my audio/visual experience any better. There's nothing wrong with people paying big money for these cables. Someone has to get the economy rolling; it might as well be them.
Jan 26th, 2009 3:46 am
Then you're willingly throwing money away.
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Jan 26th, 2009 4:28 am
This post is an epic fail. I won't even begin with you!mikeberthold wrote: ↑Then you're willingly throwing money away.
There's crap cables, there's good quality cables, and then there's high-end overpriced cables that make no difference in any independent double-blind test ever conducted (I actually ask you to find one!)
Sometimes I feel like selling Ultra High-Purity Transparent Aural Elite Platinum series cables for $500 a pop. I'm pretty sure I could source the same factory in Taiwan that makes other high-end cables and I'll probably make a fortune screwing over audiophiles the world over.
Jan 26th, 2009 4:34 am
sexyblackbmw wrote: ↑I did some more research on Monoprice cables, and they don't look half bad! Everything good is OUT OF STOCK though! sucks, and they're in the U.S., means I have to wait longer for shipping (and pay for it), and possibily pay duties... What was your experience like with shipping to your home?
I want to order some various cables to do some testing at home, see if they stack up to what I hear. I'll report back! This is the only way to compare cables.
edit: Ahhhh, $4.11 shipping for a $6 cable, and they use UPS.... bummer. I better order a lot to make it well worth it
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I never said you spent $500 on each cable. I just made up a number.
I made up the name as well. Apparently it's semi-realistic enough for my grand scheme to work.If I remember correctly, Transparent has never manufactered a cable by the name of "Ultra High-Purity Transparent Aural Elite Platinum series cables", Nor currently has anything by the name of this. I don't know what junk you claim to be selling but its not this companies cables. Must be the Taiwanese knock-off! Another fail on your part.
http://www.audioholics.com/education/ca ... -snake-oilOne thing you got right was the amount of money you can make running a successful audiophile cable company, but clearly failed when you proved you don't know the differences between anolog and digital signals, and how you never could actually distinguish differences between Transparent $500 cables and generic $5 cables. You're Clearly not an audiophile.
Hey, now you're talking about $500 cables!Please I don't want to hear anymore of this garbage of comparing $5 audio cables to $500 audiophile cables. It just shows whomever starts this argument is clearly misinformed on this topic.
Jan 26th, 2009 5:05 am
My home systems and your home systems are a lot different I guess.PlayerOne wrote: ↑For home systems, the quality of cable matters very little. Monoprice cables are more than adequate for home systems.
A fun little read:
http://consumerist.com/362926/do-coat-h ... ter-cables
For those that are too lazy, I snipped out a shorter version:
For those that are wondering, the author and his friends are (or at least claim to be) people that's been in the AV industry for 20+ years
I listened to it through Harmonic Technology's top-of-the-line Magic Link One interconnect, and the sound of that disc was as astonishing as it's always been. Then Bryan replaced the Magic Link One with whatever TARA Labs interconnect he'd brought, which included a mysterious black box that he placed behind the Steelhead. I gritted my teeth and opened my skeptical ears.
What I then heard from that familiar recording I will never forget. That one stupid interconnect had completely transformed not only the sound of that recording, but my expectations of how close the playback of recorded music could come to live music. I understand that all of the cable in the chain, from the recording gear in Kingsway Hall to Bernie Grundman's mastering room, was not this new interconnect. I understand any skepticism about how one piece of wire could so dramatically alter the sound of an audio system. But it did.
Don't hate the messenger. A length of TARA Labs The Zero arrived in my listening room unannounced and unheralded, and I had no idea what it cost. But when it was inserted in my system, I knew immediately what it was doing to the sound. And when the entire system was wired with Zeros, it sounded even better.
Is the Zero's astonishing performance the result of its low-pressure dielectric? The lack of insulation or dielectric material around the conductor? The in-phase propagation of frequencies only a bat can detect? The parallel construction, which yields ultrawide bandwidth and ultralow capacitance? The floating-shield/star-ground arrangement, which avoids terminating RFI/EMI contamination into the RCA plug's ground and thus directly into the associated equipment? All of that? Some of that? Other reasons yet unknown?
I don't know. All I know is that everyone familiar with my system who's come down here for a listen during the many months the Zeros have been here has easily been able to hear their purifying effect on the music. My wife, though a good listener, hardly qualifies as an audiophile, and she nailed it in a minute.
Jan 26th, 2009 5:37 am
Interesting articles! Thanks. I believe a lot of the writers were and probably still are skeptics to the audiophile world, especially towards expensive cables. You can't give a fair comparison to people who don't have an open mind to hear any differences. A lot of them don't have the trained ears either to distinguish the subtle differences. This goes for a lot of people especially basing their research soley on internet forums and what others are telling them rather than buying the products and doing the comparisons for yourself.mikeberthold wrote: ↑I never said you spent $500 on each cable. I just made up a number.
I made up the name as well. Apparently it's semi-realistic enough for my grand scheme to work.
http://www.audioholics.com/education/ca ... -snake-oil
http://www.audioholics.com/education/ca ... -resonance
http://www.dansdata.com/danletters106b.htm Section "Audiophilia, continued, again"
http://www.dansdata.com/danletters117.htm Section "It continues"
http://www.dansdata.com/danletters118.htm Sections "Audio insanity 1,2,3"
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/06/s ... alert.html -> a $500 ethernet cable. For audio enthusiasts.
http://www.verber.com/mark/ce/cables.html A posting from 1996 with a good discussion
Hey, now you're talking about $500 cables!
Like I said, there are certainly crap cables that exist at the lower end of the price range. My only point is that quality cables that perform the same as ones 10-100 times more expensive are readily available. In any case, I don't feel like having this argument; I just find someone on the other side of it using RFD ironic.