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« on: Mar 04, 2008, 08:25:17 AM »

Apparently even the best audiophiles couldn't tell the difference between Monster cables and rigged coat hangers...

http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/03/audiophiles-cant-tell-the-difference-between-monster-cable-and/
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 04, 2008, 11:14:15 AM »

Yea, just saw that.....thought it was pretty funny.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 04, 2008, 11:30:24 AM »

THAT.  Is hilarious.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 04, 2008, 02:21:27 PM »

Hahahahaha. I am glad I only fell for that crap once, and spent 80 bucks on an HDMI cable (in 2006 or so, when they were still hard to find) instead of spending hundreds on speaker wire, component cables, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 05, 2008, 09:54:06 AM »

Just like the HDMI 1.3 scam. What a fuckin joke.

I tell everyone that buys a new Home Theater to get their cables from Walmart... UNLESS the store they're buying from is throwing them in for free.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 05, 2008, 01:07:59 PM »

Even Wal-Mart seems to sell those gold-plated ones, though. The price is alright, though. I'd like to get one from Big Lots where they are 4 bucks and see if those work.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009, 11:54:44 AM »

Well when my DirecTV receiver started losing the picture, I bought new component cables to replace the old ones. Turns out I had a pair sitting in a drawer already but they were cheapies. I used them anyway and took the ones I bought back.

I am wondering if there is a difference between component cables that come with a piece of equipment and RCA brand cables that cost $25.

What say you?
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2009, 01:02:52 PM »

Component cables, I hardly see any difference, gold plated or not.  However, I do believe in good quality hdmi and optical cables and try to stay away from cheap or those still 4 foot ones. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2009, 01:53:33 PM »

It's always good to have nice cables.
However, digital is a strange animal.
By it's very nature, it's either on or off. You don't "hear" or "see" cable quality.
If you're getting the full signal, it doesn't matter what tips you're using.
The equipment you are using has far more influence on the quality than your cables now a days.
With analog, the cable could directly influence the signal, not anymore.

If the cable's bad, you won't get all of the signal.
But, if you get it, you get it. Get it?
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2009, 04:43:53 PM »

Did I mention I have used bargain-basement AV cables as component cables, and they worked just fine? Because I have, and they did. I might've gotten some subtle lines of interference, but they were hard to spot.

Gino here is right. HDMI is a closer cousin to USB than it is to RCA, S-Video or Component. You don't really have people shelling out nearly a hundred bucks for no USB cable, and you shouldn't be shelling out the same for an HDMI cable. As long as it's the right type (I myself am confused on this 1.3a/1.3b stuff popping up) and not too long (a signal can only be pushed so far before it craps out, just like USB).
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2009, 08:56:09 AM »

Yup. I didn't think the minimal difference (if any) between the cheapies and the more expensive ones would be worth the $25 dollars. Shoot, I would use coat-hangers if possible.
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