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psd76's Avatar psd76
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Holy crap best buy wants to charge me $300 hundred dollars for 3 monster hdmi cables for a 30' run. Are they really worth it or are there cheaper alternatives but without losing quality. I don't want to lose quality. Look for some advice from the experts. Thanks
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Monster is overpriced, good marketing on their part, and BB relies on the profit margin to an extent after selling you a big ticket item at minimal profit margin...

Try monoprice.com. Bluejeanscable.com, too.
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Good advice and take some time at Monoprice and/or Blue Jeans to read what they have to say about HDMI cable and cables in general.
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Holy crap best buy wants to charge me $300 hundred dollars for 3 monster hdmi cables for a 30' run. Are they really worth it or are there cheaper alternatives but without losing quality. I don't want to lose quality. Look for some advice from the experts. Thanks

No. They are digital cables. The Monster cable and much cheaper "High Speed" cables transmit the same bits from one end of the cable to the other.

The key is to get a certified High Speed cable. People who have paid even more than Best Buy wants for monster cables find out they bought a Standard Speed cable which can't transmit the HDMI signal without errors for higher speed HDMI transmissions. Passive High Speed cables max out at about 25 feet. So, if they were trying to sell you 30 feet of cable, it wasn't even High Speed. Either reduce to 25' or try a Redmere cable (at Monoprice) which is an active High Speed HDMI cable.

For a good source on HDMI cables, consult the HDMI Org, who owns the patents, copyrights, specifications, etc of HDMI. Basically they "own" HDMI. Their explanation is at:
http://www.hdmi.org/learningcenter/faq.aspx#49

Remember there are only two types of HDMI cables - High Speed and Standard Speed (along with some options for both types). Monster is not one of the types.
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^^^^^^ when I saw the subject line I was fulling expecting your "canned" response, which would've made what, 4 or 5 for the year so far biggrin.gif
Joe Fernand's Avatar Joe Fernand
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'Do I need to buy monster cable HDMI' - only if you ask Noel (Head Monster) Lee.

Joe
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^^^^^^ when I saw the subject line I was fulling expecting your "canned" response, which would've made what, 4 or 5 for the year so far biggrin.gif

I decided to include some extra. After all, $100 per cable deserves something extra...
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I decided to include some extra. After all, $100 per cable deserves something extra...

You're just too generous smile.gif
AV_Integrated's Avatar AV_Integrated
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'Do I need to buy monster cable HDMI' - only if you ask Noel (Head Monster) Lee.

...or about any employee at Best Buy! biggrin.gif

I am a huge fan of Monster CIPro speaker cable when I can find it at a good price. It is truly an exceptional cable compared to others I've used, but I only buy it when I can get a good deal. Sounds the same (duh), but works great when pulling wire in a home.

But, their HDMI cables are just silly.

Want an awesome cable?

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=180-688

We got several of those in at work and I'm blown away with their consistency in handling a 1080p signal and their flexibility. Way slimmer than what Monoprice offers in their 'cheap' HDMI cable range, and not a Redmere cable which adds to the price.
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