Originally Posted by jltv
Monster gives great margins to the dealers. So of course sales reps push them.
To a large degree that is true.
However it is not the entire story.
Just went to the monoprice site and looked at the HDMI cables.
The terminals do not carry the HDMI logo, which should mean that they have not been tested and certified as correct.
Mostly it means that they (monoprice) are not paying for legal licencing (expensive).
Major cable mfgr's CAN NOT (cease and desist orders are a PITA) take the chance of running afoul of these legal issues.
Therefore they have to pay to play.
The purpose of this is two fold.
First: Provides a construction technique and performance baseline for the mfgr. to work from.
Second: Products that have been tested and correctly licenced should give the consumer confidence in their product.
Now all of the above has no effect on rather or not the cable is any good.
Monoprice appears to have a good working cable for not a lot of money,
this does not mean that other cable mfgr's are ripping you off.
Note also: Monoprice has no actual investment in product development, they buy off the China shelve (saving several hunderd thousand allows for a much lower selling price).
All good for the consumer but not a level playing field.
Sorry for the sour grapes.