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Cable Received Not as Described
on January 7, 2012
I bought this Mediabridge 50 ft coaxial cable in November 2011 on the basis of good reviews and that it was a dual-shielded cable with compression/"easy grip" connectors. What I got was a cable with no compression connectors and no easy grip connectors. I can't even tell if it's dual-shielded since there's no printing on the cable saying so. The connectors look like a typical f-type connector you get on a standard cable found at your local electronics store. The picture of the cable at the time (had gray easy grip/compression connectors) on Amazon was different than the one that's currently shown with red easy grip connectors. But if you checked the photo on the Mediabridge company website in November, the cable photo there didn't show compression or easy grip connectors and the product description didn't mention said connectors either. Unfortunately, I checked Mediabridge's website after I received the cable. If I had known the actual Mediabridge cable I'd get wasn't going to be what was pictured/described on Amazon, I wouldn't have bought it. I could've bought a similar GE cable for 50% less. So am I satisfied with the cable? I can't say that I am. I can't return it to Amazon since it's past 30 days. I should mention I haven't used the cable yet. Haven't even opened the bag, but it could be the cable performs great despite the connectors being just standard F-Type connectors and then maybe not. My beef is what I got was not what was described and I was expecting compression connectors at the least. Since this is a product "sold by Mediabridge" and "fulfilled by Amazon," I think Mediabridge bears the responsibility of describing the product correctly or having an up-to-date photo on Amazon. If you want to buy this cable, buyer beware. Be sure to check Mediabridge's website for the current description/photo of the cable and decide if that's what you want before you order, because it may not match what you see on Amazon.
UPDATE (Jan. 19, 2012) - Finally used this Mediabridge 50 ft. cable. The cable sent to me definitely DOES NOT have compression connectors, and the cable isn't any more pliable to handle. As for picture quality, it's improved, but it's replacing a cable that's been hanging outside for over 20 years. Most likely any new cable from any manufacturer would offer better video quality. I would not recommend this cable for outdoor use if you're planning to install outside to a rooftop antenna. The plain vanilla f-type connectors on this Mediabridge cable offer little protection to guard against the weather other than what looks like a cheap piece of black tape with the Mediabridge name printed on it. I had to construct a boot to protect the connectors for outside use. Not happy about that. That's an added cost to me. I would not buy this Mediabridge cable again. I can now find a *name brand* RG6 w/24k gold-plated compression connectors, quad-shield, weather proof pliable cable, with a ground wire from my local electronics store for a comparable price. Bottom line: buy name brand if you can or go to your local hardware store that sells RG6 cable for cents/ft.