The Myth of Monster Cables

HDMI Cables provide the best-quality HDTV connection

HDMI Cables provide the best-quality HDTV connection

Monster Cable has made a small fortune selling people “premium” audio-visual cables for their home theater for years.  Featuring such buzzwords as “gas-injected dielectric,” and “high-density triple-shielding for maximum rejection of RFI and EMI,” Monster Cable charges through the nose for their “high-end” versions of equipment connectors.

Most of the time in life, you get what you pay for.  After all, a $2,000 mountain bike is significantly better than one you can find at Costco or Wal*mart for $300.  And a Mercedes is a lot more costly and high-quality than a Yugo.

Does the same hold true for cables?  Is it worth paying $84.99 for a one-meter Monster Cable HDMI cable?  Or can you get nearly the same quality with a regular cable, such as the Mediabridge 6ft Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable which goes for $9.99 on Amazon?

The answer is that you should buy the reasonably priced cables.  Popular Mechanics backs this up with their article Top 10 HDTV Myths: Fact vs. Fiction, Hi-Def Style:

Myth #7

To get the best-quality HD, you need expensive cables.

Fact: Not true. If the cables running from your DVD player or cable box aren’t particularly long, you should be fine with inexpensive video cables. The extra shielding in expensive cables that prevents interference in analog equipment won’t improve the image of digital video through HDMI or DVI cables — the signal either comes through or it doesn’t. And the savings can be huge: 6-ft. HDMI cables range from $20 to $160.

There you have it.  You can easily save hundreds of dollars on your home-theater cabling by going with a more budget-conscious model like the Mediabridge.  Pick up an HDMI cable for your HDTV today.

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