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post #1 of 13 Old 06-16-2000, 01:51 PM - Thread Starter
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I went to 2 local scores today looking for s-video cables. Both of these stores in the past have had 2 or 3 manufacturers of cables to choose from but now they both only carry Monster Cable. I try to avoid Monster Cable whenever possible because they are over-priced and more hype than substance, so I was somewhat dismayed that they were now the only choice. Has Monster Cable's great marketing machine put the competitors out of business or did I just happen to hit the wrong 2 stores?

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There isn't that problem at Radio Shack http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif. I usually get AR or Canare cables for my interconnects (better cost/performance ratio for my system).

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You might also want to consider BetterCables.com. They have GREAT interconnects as standard, also custom cables, and are GREAT to deal with. Hey, I replaced my TARA component cables from my Proceed PMDT to the Dwin Transcanner with the Better Cables premium component, with better performance !!
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Thanks, I actually have 3 long custom cables on order with bettercables. I had some new equipment come in today and I wanted some s-video cables to try it out tonight.

My theater is in flux right now. I'm trying to keep my existing setup in the family working until my Middle Atlantic rack comes in later this month, then I will move most of it to my living room. I should have enough cables from my family room setup for the final install. I'm just needing some temporary cables to try out some of the new equipment in the living room and didn't want to pay Monster Cable prices for a cable I'm only going to use a couple weeks.

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I remember seeing a photo in magazines containing Lee the Monsterhead with other guys dressed in 40's gangster-style clothing while toting Tommy guns. True to form, Monster cables seem to be priced accordingly. They are way overated as well, IMHO. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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I think that Chris White had a thread over at Home Theater Forum on building your own cables. For the price of a crimp tool and coax stripper, you can make 75 ohm cables to any custom length, (flat to 1 GHz). These will handle both audio and video.

It's really easy to do, (I bought a set), and the cable/connectors are relatively cheap. I think that the cable is Canare LV-77S and the connectors are also Canare.

For S-Video, your not so lucky though.

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The Monster M series S-cable is a good cable. Good fit, flexible, and good measured performance if you read the reviews.

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Whose/what reviews?????????

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Here is the web site that shows how to build your own
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http://www.bus.ucf.edu/cwhite/theater/DIYCable.htm

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Quote:
Originally posted by Xstick:
The fact that Monster has such a great market share has nothing to do with a lack of performance. This isn't Bose we're talking about here. The graphs and charts indicating the performance difference between it and much more expensive cables (of which I've seen firsthand) bear out the fact that Monster is really quite conservative in its pricing scheme. I've seen many cables in my time, and that fact that Monster has such high performance, is so easily found and has fixed pricing from dealer to dealer should cause HT enthusiasts to rejoice. If some wish to degrade their system via Rat Shaq cables, then so be it. [/b]
It is a misconception that Monster cables are any better than other well manufacturered cables. Monster cables are well made but so are many other cables that are far cheaper. A wire is a wire and as long as it can carry the current required and has the proper impendance it's going to perform as well as an over-hyped Monster cable.

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Monster has atleast a 50% mark up. Been in the price book many times.

And you do get what you pay for most of the time since Xstick has brought that up.

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That was exactly my point. With Monster Cable you aren't getting what you paid for. You paid too much.


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Originally posted by dan nichols:
If Noel Lee,the head of monster cable could make a replacement for an umbilcal cord (human) he would.

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