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by: jbothell February 17, 2007 6:45 AM PST

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Monster HDMI Cables Not Worth the Money

by jbothell - 2/17/07 6:45 AM

Consumer Reports says of HDMI cables, (and I will paraphrase because I don't feel like looking it up again), 'when it comes to HDMI cables the rule is simple: use the cheapest reasonably constructed cable you can find'. I firmly believe this and here is why:

1. It's digital. It's 1's and 0's. Your monitor either received ALL the data or it didn't. If there is a loss of this "signal" (which is better described as a data stream) you are pretty much going to lose it all in the form of no picture, skips or pixelation artifacts. But picture quality, sharpness, color brightness, etc...are not improved because you bought a $150 cable instead of a $35 cable. Period.

2. Monster HDMI cables are - in terms of physical construction - just too rigid. I spent several weeks adding to, and making improvements to, my "A/V empire" (as my wife calls it) and after moving and shuffling equipment around for a couple of weeks the monstor HDMI cables (partly due to poor design of HDMI plugs and jacks in general) had tweaked out the jacks on both my monitor and other components such that they were loose and would actually lose connection if you wiggled them. Pathetic. I took them all back to Best Buy and returned them in favor of more pliable cables. And put $300 back in my pocket. Picture and audio are, of course, just the same and now I don't have to worry that I am damaging the HDMI jacks on my equipment every time I try to service or upgrade my system.

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