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post #1 of 5 Old 07-21-2011, 06:11 PM - Thread Starter
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I've traditionally used Monster M Series HDMI's. After one of my three circa 2007 M series developed a problem I purchased four Monoprice Premium HDMI's based on the rave reviews here on AVS. With this said I then discovered my Monster M Series have lifetime warranties. Yesterday my new latest version M series arrived and are now installed. Are Monster products extraordinarily expensive? Yes, yet they are outstanding HDMI's. Here is a link to my specific HDMI's -http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=3847

If I were just starting out and needed cables I would go with all Monoprice cables due to their unbelievable low cost and high quality. If you have premium Monster's double check their warranty.

In closing, since my DirecTV is connected straight to my Sony HDTV I use Monoprice's best Optical to transmit audio to my Denon AVR.

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Are Monster products extraordinarily expensive?

Yes.
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...yet they are outstanding HDMI's.

No, at least when it comes to performance. Longest certified high speed passive HDMI cable is 25', just like many others that are much less expensive.

How many monoprice or BJC cables could you buy for the price of the warranty?
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I've traditionally used Monster M Series HDMI's. After one of my three circa 2007 M series developed a problem I purchased four Monoprice Premium HDMI's based on the rave reviews here on AVS. With this said I then discovered my Monster M Series have lifetime warranties. Yesterday my new latest version M series arrived and are now installed. Are Monster products extraordinarily expensive? Yes, yet they are outstanding HDMI's. Here is a link to my specific HDMI's -http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=3847

If I were just starting out and needed cables I would go with all Monoprice cables due to their unbelievable low cost and high quality. If you have premium Monster's double check their warranty.

In closing, since my DirecTV is connected straight to my Sony HDTV I use Monoprice's best Optical to transmit audio to my Denon AVR.

Obviously you're paying for the warranty when you purchase the cable. In addition to the (outrageous) mark-up, the manufacturer determines how many cables they expect to replace (including how many consumers will remember they have the warranty) and then includes that average replacement cost in the original purchase price.

What Colm was saying was that if instead of the manufacturer increasing the cost of purchase price to cover the warranty, how much would it cost the consumer to provide their own warranty instead? How many cheaper-priced brand cables can you buy for the price of a single Monster cable with a lifetime warranty?

If, like most people here, you believe that the bits going into and outta the Monster cables are the same bits as the Monoprice cable, then actual performance is not a criteria to show differences between the two cables. So, that leaves the warranty (as you said) and any manufacturing issues (the "toughness" of the cable, the lifetime of the materials, etc) as the criteria to judge the cable. Right now, the Monster is the only one you've had to replace, so it would be difficult to do a comparison on manufacturing criteria, other than to say your only cable failure is the Monster.

So overall right now it seems the question is whether the extra price was worth the lifetime warranty or would buying two cheaper cables (one to act as a back-up) have been just as cost effective or more-so?
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Since years ago I was convinced Monster was "the cable". Obviously, that is not the case today. Regardless of what is true today it is only logical to take advantage of Monster's lifetime warranty. Take the intent of my post at face value. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Since years ago I was convinced Monster was "the cable". Obviously, that is not the case today. Regardless of what is true today it is only logical to take advantage of Monster's lifetime warranty. Take the intent of my post at face value. Nothing more, nothing less.

Absolutely - It's great that you remembered. Most people would not have remembered (like remembering to send in rebate coupons).
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