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I go to the Monster Cable web site and all they talk about is loosing picture quality.


Do you have to have Monster Componet video cables. Is it not all mostly a digiatal connection with 1 and 0's anyway?


If there is a signal problem wont it just resend the data?


Is Monster cables all just Hype or has anyone ever seem an improvement on a 2 Meter 6 foot Componet Video cable?
 

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You sound confused. Component is Analog and not 1&0's. That's digital as in DVI.


With different Component cables, you can see a difference in PQ. If you compare say, the thin, junk cables they give you with a cheap DVD player against a good set of Canare or Monster cables, yes, you will see a difference. Especially if you have a long run.


Now with DVI, there is NO difference in PQ between a 10' $40 copper and a $400 fiber DVI cable.


On longer runs or high resolution/refresh rates from say a HTPC, then they the options are, they work perfect, or don't work with either sparklies, or no picture at all.
 

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Check out www.wickedcables.com

Canare/belkin cables and cheap. MUCH better than monster ****!

Also try bettercables.com or catcables.com. I would reccomend just about anything over overpriced monster junk.

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Another great place for component cables is bluejeanscable.com. They are very affordable, and deliver an improvement in PQ that you can really see with the naked eye.
 

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Hi!


I agree with all of the above posts as alternatives to Monster Cable component cables. However, if you want the very best component cables, I would suggest ones using solid silver center conductors. To my knowledge, there are only two manufacturers that make these...Audioquest's YIQ-5 and Homegrown Audio. However, these cables do come at a price. In my system, I'm using the Homegrowns which absolutely blew away Monster's M1000CV cables (which I sold on Audiogon a few months ago).


As for DVI cables, I'm using that connection for my satellite HDTV, and it outdoes the analog component video cables. I tried A/B ing them from my Sony SAT-HD200 HDTV satellite receiver, and the DVI connection was better. Santellavision is correct regarding DVI cables. I saw very little improvement going from the out-of-the-box DVI cable to my current WireWorld DVI cable.

Audioquest/Cinemaquest
Homegrown Audio solid silver component cables


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I'd like to add that most Monster cable isn't bad. It is NOT junk at all.


Is it way overpriced for what you get? Absolutely.


Is their marketing and advertising suspect? Absolutely.


Everything else aside, are their cables decent? Yes.


That said, I have bettercables on my system at home :D


-Jon
 

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I saw very little improvement going from the out-of-the-box DVI cable to my current WireWorld DVI cable.
Ken,

I'm not sure what 'improvement' you saw, but it's been tested over and over that there is NO difference in PQ using different DVI cables.


I opened a discussion that there should be a difference in PQ over digital due to internal quality of cables, jitter etc., It's not the same as digital audio where the factors of cable quality DO make a difference. But, with DVI digital video, none of those factors make a difference (except in distance) Here's a thread...

DVI Cable Comparison Thread


Most of the time, when we spend more money it does make a difference in quality, but not this time! ;)
 

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Ernie,


Maybe the improvement is all in my mind, who knows. Please notice that I also did say "very little." However, the build of the WireWorld is definitely better (better and thicker insulated jacket as well as gold-plated connectors). Is this worth the price if there is no improvement in PQ...the answer is no. BTW, thanks for the link to your thread.


Ken
 

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The monster power strips are good.


As for wires I have always loved good old Acoustic Research. I'm not going to spend the extra $$ for monster unless its on sale bigtime.
 

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I use Acoustic Research cables I buy at Sears, a bit cheaper than Monster.
anyone else use these? they are substantially cheaper than monster, at least on sears' website
 

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Another great place for component cables is bluejeanscable.com. They are very affordable, and deliver an improvement in PQ that you can really see with the naked eye.


I second that recommendation. Pricewise, they cannot be beat, IMO. Belden cables with Canare connects, basically the same cabling most custom cable sites use but at a more affordable price.
 

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i cant seem to find any acoustic research cables at b&m sears

they do sell the cables on their website

is there any other place that sells acoustic research cables?
 

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The best buy web site seems to have the Acustic Logic (spelling?) cables are these the onese everyone is suggesting?>
 

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Monster Cable makes very good looking cables. :)
 

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Best buy sells the AR cables at their B&m locations as well as online. Just remember that AR is owned by recoton and is made in the same factory as the 4 dollar in the box cables. Then again recoton did own NHT for a while too..................which is a great company. Now that I think about it recoton just went bankrupt................
 

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Are the radio shack cables any good?


Any one try them? Which type (gold, premiem, ...) quality level did you get for your DVD player?
 
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