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Topic # 9721 8-Oct-2006 19:59
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Do more expensive brands such as Monster cable and THX make a difference in terms of video quality?

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  Reply # 47927 8-Oct-2006 20:22
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I can see this being a long debate! :-)

Yes and No.

There are many people who will argue that scientifically cable type can have no effect at all. There are other people who argue their $200 monster cable makes the world of difference to their TV. Things such as coax can have significant differences over longer runs however I'd bet anybody on here a dozen beer that with 2 identical TV's side by side they couldn't spot the difference between a home made $5 cable and a $100 Monster cable hooked up to a DVD player.

I've seen a Noel Leemings computer City staff member several years ago sell a customer a $50 BT -> RJ12 monster cable telling them it would speed their internet connection up... It really does make you laugh!

The thing to remember with a TV is that the final picture will only be as good as the signal fed into it. In the case of a TV in NZ no matter what sort of cable you use you're limited to your signal quality in the first place.

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Reply # 47944 8-Oct-2006 22:45
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This debate really will rage on.. (Blu Ray anyone?)

I have used cheap $2 cables, made my own cables (shielded and unshielded), used "normal" cables and just now I'm using a Philips PXT1000 "Superior Digital Connection". I haven't noticed much difference with the first mentioned cables, unshielded home made wasn't the most thrilling experience.. I am yet to watch a DVD with the Philips cable but I will soon, posting the experience. It is incredibly thick and shielded, high quality looking stuff. But does it really make a NOTICEABLE difference?


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  Reply # 48044 9-Oct-2006 15:42
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It will make a difference to the salesman's take home pay at the end of the week:)
Any other benefit will be in the eye of the beholder.

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  Reply # 48045 9-Oct-2006 15:46
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Sales people (oh how politically correct Yell) and their commission..

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  Reply # 48820 16-Oct-2006 20:22
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Yes it does make a diffence...

But the likes of THX and Monster Cable is overkill for most aplications
Something like Neotech or Pudney Premium Gold is sufficient... and even then the Neotech cable just looks nicer and comes in an easy to reseal pack

When I sell cables I tell people to first try it with the included cables then try the ones Ive given them... If they cant see enought difference to justify the difference in price then bring it back for a refund on the cables...

I've only had a handfull come back but hey some people just cant be pleased

Monster Cable really more specialise in the commercial area like cinemas and concerts etc etc same as THX

Our shop is wired with gold BNTs and RCAs and just some fairly grunty cable but unshielded and you can see TVs flickering after about 5m give or take... depends how many loops the particullar amp is on...

And the same stuff is used at the Auckland Teleport at Carlaw Park aswell and it does the job nicely

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Reply # 48821 16-Oct-2006 20:44
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Jaycar have a range of well priced, quality cables. Monster was just to expensive.

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  Reply # 48823 16-Oct-2006 21:41
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Hmm ok I tried it - AWESOME! new colours I haven't seen on a normal DVD player before. I noted also in a catalogue I say the other day (can't remember whos) that about midway they had some cables on the bottom right page, along with a guarantee that you would experience better quality. I like it, next up optical audio cables...

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