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26-05-2003, 11:22 AM
HiI was looking in the monster cable website and saw that the THX certified cables (coaxial+interconnect) are much cheaper than the ones which are not THX certified
any ideas why?
27-05-2003, 08:21 PM
Monster have been around a while and have been selling some expensive wires to HiFi enthusiasts for a number of years. I guess they think that the AV market is not yet quite ready for some of their more outrageous offerings so they offer a more modest range, but use the THX badge to make it seem more up-market. Just because something bears a THX badge does not make it necessarily the best. Or indeed, for that matter, the most expensive. There are plenty of non THX-approved bits of kit that will do MUCH more damage to your bank balance... :o~:-o~:eek: 8)~8-)~:cool:
27-05-2003, 08:59 PM
Would you recommend the monster cable for analouge interconnect as well as digital coax cables?
27-05-2003, 10:18 PM
I don't know what kit you are planning to hook up. And anyway, I haven't played about with Monster cables so can't give you specific advice on them, although you do see quite a lot of people using them.
Generally speaking, the interconnect cables provided free with CD/DVD players and amps are usually of very poor quality. Almost anything will sound better by comparison. Some people advocate spending up to 10% of your total system cost on cables, but this is just a guideline. The best advice I can give is to persuade your dealer to lend you some different cables to try in your system for a few days. Don't be afraid to mix and match from different manufacturers. Try them all from cheap ones to the ones you probably would say you could never afford. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Listen to them carefully and critically. If you can't hear that the expensive ones are better, then they're not. It's as simple as that. Buy the ones that you like the sound of. If you can't hear any differences, then buy the cheapest. Cables need to be chosen to sound right to YOU, in YOUR system. They CAN make or break a system and no-one can choose them for you, but a decent dealer should be able to give you some guidance on what should work with your particular equipment and what probably won't. Just be wary of the fact that they are likely to try and sell you the most expensive wire they can get away with. If you can't HEAR the benefit, then DON'T do it. :roll:
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