Originally Posted by YOMEGAS
I have MediaBridge, Monster (M2000 and M1000 ultimate), Sony, Audioquest, Dynex and belkin hdmi cables. I've tested all these cables and the Monster M1000 and M2000 perform the same on the B860. Monster cable uses better material and it has a way higher bandwidth capability. Out of all these cables Monster gave better performance. Performance to cost is not there, but as always you get what you pay for. Because you never tried a high end Monster cable you don't know what you are missing.
For example If a format requires 12MB of bandwidth its best to have 14MB for a cleaner and smoother transfer. By the way I am an Engineer.. The reviewers that you are going off of also stated that HDMI 1.4 was needed for 3D. The ps3 and XBOX 360 has a HDMI 1.3 port and 3D is still passing through. I buy cables and test them myself with my oscilloscope. The Monster cable does give you more than you need. The other cables did not give enough in one area or another. I like to do my own test's. I use reviewers as a reference and nothing else. Most of these reviewers get paid to lie about a product and mislead the customer. You are right about distance. I'm going to use your car statement. If you had the money would you buy a Ford Tarus or a Toyota Camery. The Camery cost's more but as the reviewers say they both are 5 seater cars with V6 engines and you can buy the Tarus and put the money you save towards a better wardrobe. I would say the Monster cables are over priced, but I can get an employee discount on the cables and save about 70%. After my savings the difference is well worth the money.
You're assuming I never tried them? Interesting as I never claimed as much. IN fact, I have tried many different brands over the years. What I am saying is if your cable runs are under 25 feet, you aren't seeing a difference between Category 2 (High Speed) cables. What you ARE probably seeing is in your mind as you are equating all the marketing jargon and price you paid for them and letting that influence your assessment. Current Blu Ray medium goes no where near the ceiling of bandwidth spec'ed out in Category 2 HDMI.
I didn't post any reviews discussing 3D (any Cat 2 rated HDMI cable can handle that). I suggest avoiding the "reviews," in your case, and sticking with the actual HDMI Organization website and the rep. that I quoted above for clarification.
Originally Posted by YOMEGAS
I'm going to use your car statement. If you had the money would you buy a Ford Tarus or a Toyota Camery. The Camery cost's more but as the reviewers say they both are 5 seater cars with V6 engines and you can buy the Tarus and put the money you save towards a better wardrobe. I would say the Monster cables are over priced, but I can get an employee discount on the cables and save about 70%. After my savings the difference is well worth the money.
Well, with that comparison today, I take the Tarus, for sure. The speed limit is the same on the roads for both vehicles!! And they can both travel at the same speed and get from point A to point B just fine.
If you get employee discounts (like Best Buy employees who get 5% over cost) then getting those cables may make the price point better. But, if you tell me you spent $120 on a 6' HDMI cable, I would tell you that it better plug itself in and go invisible for that price! The picture it is sending is no different than my $6 cable from MonoPrice. Hell, you can buy a few games or Blu Rays plus the cable for that price!
I guess, at the end of the day, if you are happy with the money you spent, that's fine. What I would caution other readers here is to do your research in the cabling sub forum on this site and online and judge for yourself. Most ISF certified technicians will tell you the difference is in the circuitry of the set and the player...not the cables.
Oh, for the record, here are the only approved "speed" labels HDMI supports:http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdm...ght_cable.aspx
And, if you are feeling real saucy, CNET (which is a fantastic HT and A/V review site) has a great article on HDMI cables and the myths out there: http://reviews.cnet.com/2719-11276_7...?tag=page;page
It is all about educating yourself before you part with your hard earned cash!