Pretty much the most useless poll I've seen on this site -- where over three-quarters of the people recommend either monoprice or bluejeans, you'd think they'd be an option on the poll (instead of just being grouped into other).
fyi, I'm just learning about cables -- and after being steered in many directions by various internet sites, I find myself going back to monoprice. I was a little wary, because they're a sponser (right?) and that's always cause for pause. But it gets too many raves from people who don't think twice about slamming the less fortunate.
The bluejeans site also has some good deals -- but it's primarily Belden cable with nice connectors (hence more pricey, for the most part). They do beat out monoprice in the "pretty good explanations/details department". . . . . I like the extra info. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
A visit to the other side of the lookingglass, aka the monster cable website, leaves more questions than answers. You're lucky if they give you the gauge -- I mean, can anyone explain why there are six or seven different monster hdmi grades . . . besides the price and the color of the stripe on the end, what's the difference between the monster 300 and 400? . . . . and I guess I need to buy the M-Series M1000 if I have 1080p, since the M850 and M860 only go to 720p/1080i. And if I have a flat screen I probably want the flatscreen cable with the mini-connector . . or wait, I think I have THX, and their aren't any hdmi cables under the THX section, so I probably want component cables . . . . . Now, I'm sure Monster makes fine cables -- but any company that goes to such lengths to make what should be a relatively simple buying decision that complicated . . . . . needless to say, they don't deserve my business.
I echo the earlier sentiment -- without the input from the avsforum-heads, I would be lost. I thank you all (well, most of you).