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(CNN)   CNN columnist mocks the value of high-end $1300 HDMI cables, wrongly claims that all digital video cables are the same. Next they'll be coming after my Bose Sonic Wave radio   (cnn.com) divider line 14
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2012-06-05 10:59:52 AM  
17 votes:

Aarontology: People who buy expensive cables are among the stupidest people in the world.


Obviously you're the idiot, since you lack the refinement to hear the difference. I spent about $500 on my stereo cables (wish I could have gotten the really good ones) and I would never, never go back to cheap cables. I tell you, you've never heard Nickelback until you've heard it through these cables.
2012-06-05 04:27:33 PM  
2 votes:

ongbok: animal900: I don't get the hate for expensive HDMI cables. When I bought my new TV at BestBuy last week they gave me Monster HDMIs at half price. No, they're not $1400, but at $120 each after discount they're not super cheap either.

If I'm dropping $2400 on a new TV, what's an extra 10% to make sure nothing is lost in the signal? The guy said they also support the new version 1.4 spec, so I'm future proofed there. Enjoy your $3 cables, I'm sure you're not missing anything. Then again, how would you know?

I hope you are just trolling. If not you are the type of person who has the sales associates drooling as soon as you walk through the door. Let me guess you also bought an extended warranty from them and didn't check to see if your T.V can with an equal extended warranty from the manufacturer or if the manufacturer offered an equal one for less? And they probably also talked you into getting the gold tipped batteries for your remote also, because the batteries that the come with the T.V are inferior and won't provide the proper power output to preform all of the remotes functions properly.


Full disclosure: Part of the deal on the Monster cables hinged on me buying the extended warranty. The warranty is better than the manufacturer's in that it covers incidental stuff in addition to the usual defect coverage. So even if the damage is my fault, it's covered, and they repair it right in store. My 2 year old has a habit of throwing stuff when I tell him no, so I was a bit worried about the new set, LOL. Hey maybe now I don't need to say no as much!
2012-06-05 05:03:20 PM  
1 votes:

eviljimbo: is this a BIE thread?


No. Go back to sleep.
2012-06-05 04:14:18 PM  
1 votes:

animal900: I don't get the hate for expensive HDMI cables. When I bought my new TV at BestBuy last week they gave me Monster HDMIs at half price. No, they're not $1400, but at $120 each after discount they're not super cheap either.

If I'm dropping $2400 on a new TV, what's an extra 10% to make sure nothing is lost in the signal? The guy said they also support the new version 1.4 spec, so I'm future proofed there. Enjoy your $3 cables, I'm sure you're not missing anything. Then again, how would you know?


Now THIS is how you troll a Monster Cable thread.
2012-06-05 03:40:06 PM  
1 votes:

Rent Party: animal900: I don't get the hate for expensive HDMI cables. When I bought my new TV at BestBuy last week they gave me Monster HDMIs at half price. No, they're not $1400, but at $120 each after discount they're not super cheap either.

If I'm dropping $2400 on a new TV, what's an extra 10% to make sure nothing is lost in the signal? The guy said they also support the new version 1.4 spec, so I'm future proofed there. Enjoy your $3 cables, I'm sure you're not missing anything. Then again, how would you know?


Because it's a digital signal, and if it goes missing, you know instantaneously.

The bits either arrived, or they didn't.


That's bullshiat.

I bought some crappy HDMI cables once, real cheap and flimsy things. I went to watch a movie and it was clear something was wrong - all of the actors were completely naked - the HDMI was dropping the part of the signal that had the clothing! My wife made me return them right away and buy some good quality connections (i.e. Monster).
2012-06-05 03:34:26 PM  
1 votes:

animal900: I don't get the hate for expensive HDMI cables. When I bought my new TV at BestBuy last week they gave me Monster HDMIs at half price. No, they're not $1400, but at $120 each after discount they're not super cheap either.

If I'm dropping $2400 on a new TV, what's an extra 10% to make sure nothing is lost in the signal? The guy said they also support the new version 1.4 spec, so I'm future proofed there. Enjoy your $3 cables, I'm sure you're not missing anything. Then again, how would you know?


8/10
2012-06-05 03:03:23 PM  
1 votes:
I don't get the hate for expensive HDMI cables. When I bought my new TV at BestBuy last week they gave me Monster HDMIs at half price. No, they're not $1400, but at $120 each after discount they're not super cheap either.

If I'm dropping $2400 on a new TV, what's an extra 10% to make sure nothing is lost in the signal? The guy said they also support the new version 1.4 spec, so I'm future proofed there. Enjoy your $3 cables, I'm sure you're not missing anything. Then again, how would you know?
2012-06-05 02:31:49 PM  
1 votes:
All these comments about cables and prices, and yet the real point of the article has never been addressed... for a humor column, it is completely devoid of humor.
2012-06-05 01:38:49 PM  
1 votes:

Behold the $1,038 line cable.

www.audioadvisor.com


(no kidding, see it here: Link

Never mind that the electricity has already traveled MILES over cheap copper or aluminum, past hundreds of noise sources, and through your $5 outlet. It's this last 3 FOOT CABLE that costs $1,038.75 that will REALLY bring out the nuance in that new Justin Beiber MP3.

I swear, some days I feel like I should give in and become one of the con-men. The fools are going to give away their money to somebody. Does it really matter if it is me?
2012-06-05 12:48:17 PM  
1 votes:

Nem Wan: Chameleon: Aarontology: People who buy expensive cables are among the stupidest people in the world.

Obviously you're the idiot, since you lack the refinement to hear the difference. I spent about $500 on my stereo cables (wish I could have gotten the really good ones) and I would never, never go back to cheap cables. I tell you, you've never heard Nickelback until you've heard it through these cables.

Analog speaker cables, sure, quality will make a difference. Digital is either connected or not.


+1

This is the bottom line.

With digital the signal either makes it to the destination or it doesn't. It's not like with cheap cables you loose a few ones and zeros and your picture quality goes from 1080p to 1070p.

/and I say this as an audiophile
2012-06-05 12:33:46 PM  
1 votes:
Your fancy Monster Cables won't mean crap unless you get a good electrical flow from an audio-grade wall outlet.

Link
2012-06-05 12:01:18 PM  
1 votes:

gingerjet: kingoomieiii: Best Buy has finally calmed down. They used to sell Monster crap almost exclusively, but now they stock cheap cables too.

That's bullshiat. They have never sold Monster crap exclusively. It was always one of many options.


I have been to the far corners of the interwebs. I have seen many things. Some have been scary. Some have been lolerful. Some have been sad. Never have I seen someone try to white knight Best Buy's cable price gouging upselling practices.
2012-06-05 09:41:19 AM  
1 votes:

incendi: RexTalionis: I wish I have friends who'd just give me 65 inch TVs.

Well, back when the whole plasma/LCD thing was starting to take off, those monstrous rear projection TVs were pretty easy to come by. I had a few opportunities along the lines of "If you'll come move this big farker, you can have it."


Last year I posted an add on Craig's List, offering a fully functional 55 inch 1st generation Sony rear projection HDTV for free to anyone who would come move it up the flight of stairs out of my basement. I got no takers. Fortunately the store I bought my new TV from offered free haul-away of any old set being replaced.

Also, Monster Cables FTW!!11!!!eleventy!!!1trololo!!!
2012-06-05 09:30:07 AM  
1 votes:

RexTalionis: I wish I have friends who'd just give me 65 inch TVs.


Even if there are that many of them, it still will be hard to see much on those small screens
 
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