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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cables, and I've literally seen most, May 25, 2011
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So to begin, I'm a Home Theater Installer. I spent five years with Best Buy both selling and installing TVs. I never got too much into the Monster Cable stuff, as at the end of the day, it's copper wire with covering; I used to sell people the less expensive cables, citing this as the reason. That said, you can judge an HDMI Cable on two (2) things: Pictures Quality, which, for the vast majority, will be absolutely the same, whether the cable costs you $1 or $1,000. This is why people say don't spend more money, and they'd be mostly right. However, the 2nd category that's used to judge HDMI Cables is build quality, and THAT can be a big difference. All build quality really refers to is the head (The gold part you plug into the devices you have), and how it will do considering the rest of the cable is hanging off of it, thus potentially causing it to bend and snap. THIS is why some cables are worth spending more money on. I mean if you don't put it on the wall and hide the wires, it really doesn't matter, as you have easy access. But this is the reason I've stuck with Bluerigger. In my mind, despite the fact that I don't buy Monster, they are the Smart Shoppers Monster Equivalent. I would use them in my own system, and I use them with all of my customers. They make a good product, and they offer it at an amazing price. Buy this cable. The only reason cables cost more at big box stores, for those of you unfamiliar with retail, is that is where they make up the money they lose when they sell you a TV. That's right folks, a $1,000 TV costs the store/company about $850 to $900 to buy, maybe a little less. They make their money on cables and other accessories.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2012 3:47:21 PM PDT
By far one of the best reviews I've read! Thanks for sharing the breakdown. It made my choice a lot easier!

Erica

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 3:49:12 PM PDT
Pleasure is all mine :) Glad it helped. Any questions, feel free to ask. Thanks!

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 1:35:57 PM PST
Gee says:
Wao...NJScreenwriter your comments are really helpful, explains what to base making a choice per which cable to buy. Thank you for the reviews

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 8:04:09 PM PST
My pleasure! If there is anything I can do to help further, please feel free to ask. I sold these TVs for as many years, and I was THE go to guy for this stuff. That, and I just flat out enjoy it. Thanks!

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 7:07:22 AM PST
Niko says:
"That's right folks, a $1,000 TV costs the store/company about $850 to $900 to buy, maybe a little less. They make their money on cables and other accessories."
I can say that for Best Buy at least this is very true. Ive seen exactly what they make on TV's / PCs / Consoles and can tell you its VERY little to nothing and have even seen them take a loss for sale items. that doesnt include the sales rep you held up for 2 hours answering questions. they make it up on cables etc like the OP said. As far as monster goes. there is a huge markup and i see no difference in quality of picture. build quality is where it counts.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 12:26:57 PM PDT
gc8710 says:
Why would durability on a $5 item matter? If it breaks in 6 months,get another. Just skip that second Starbucks coffee and you break even.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2013 12:42:49 PM PDT
Niko says:
Nothing like having your entire av setup go useless with no hdmi, then waiting days for another. Guess I could go sit at Starbucks till another arrives huh.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2013 6:04:11 PM PDT
I can understand where you are coming from, but it matters for people who aren't comfortable doing in wall wiring who hired someone like myself to do it, because than that $5 cable is costing them $100+ to be taken out and re-fished because it isn't the installers fault the cable broke , and needs to be compensated for his/her time. If you just have the cable hanging outside of the wall or in one of the wiremolds that neatly dress it outside the wall, you are 100% correct, it really doesn't matter. All depends on who it is and what they are comfortable doing/dealing with. Not only that, cheap, crappy cables can affect the picture quality by not delivering the picture at all if the cables on the inside aren't making the appropriate contact, but that all is covered under what I said above. I hope this helps. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2014 2:08:36 PM PST
Sherry Gault says:
Or you could buy another 6 dollar cable and have one as a spare.
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