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Where to buy a Monster cable for cheap?

jdastas
07-17-2007, 02:20 AM
I have bought a few hdmi cables in the past, right now I run a Monster 800 hdmi cable to my lcd in the bedroom, the picture is superb. But in my living room I am running a cheap "xtrememac" HDMI cable that cost of $20, I get a lot of Pixelation in the picture and it is not as sharp a picture as my Sharp LCD. I want to pick up another monster cable for my living room DLP, but that same cable that I have cost like $150 retail. I bought it through a friend when he used to work at bestbuy for like 60-70 bucks. I've been looking on ebay and they have that same cable i want for like 40-50 bucks open boxed. Have any of you ever bought cables on ebay that were openboxed and do you think it is worth it. I also thought about going with monoprice, but after xtrememac let me down with its 20 cheap cable, I'd rather just spend the extra dough.

fmw
07-17-2007, 05:55 AM
Ebay?

m_vanmeter
07-17-2007, 07:47 AM
have you switched the Monster cable into the living room system ?

Pixelation can be caused by many things, and the HDMI cable is usually the last on the list unless it is physically damaged.

As to Monoprice, I have purchased and installed their cables, from 6' to 50', on various systems at work and for family. All have worked exceedingly well.

In all honesty, I would check the source of the signal for the living room system ( cable ? OTA ? satellite ? ) as the possible problem spot, but testing your existing Monster cable in that location will certainly prove or eliminate the HDMI cable as the problem.

jdastas
07-17-2007, 11:01 AM
I would swap out the cables, but the monster one I put it through the wall to have a built in set up in my bedroom. The living room tv is easy to get in and out of the back of the tv. As far as source, I have cox cable, I have the same box models for both set. They are SA 8300hd dvr's, I might just go back to component anyway, Or ill try a monoprice cable.

rwdavis2
07-17-2007, 01:51 PM
Try the monoprice cable. It's got to be worth the $15 or so risk vs. a $150 monster cable. Good luck.
Bob

jdastas
07-18-2007, 12:50 AM
just ordered it tonight, 15 bucks plus 3 day shipping. if this doesn't work then I better get a tech out to the house. I don't mind spending the money on the monoprice cable because I believe it to be of better quality then the xtrememac cable that I have. Quick question, can anybody tell me what the benefit is of a "net jacket" around the cable, does that reduce having any outside interference?

m_vanmeter
07-18-2007, 06:14 AM
"net jacket" = cool looks. A fabric jacket will have absolutely no impact on the inner conductors

Kdots
07-18-2007, 07:38 AM
I pretty sure they don't do much but dress up the cable. Glad to hear you didn't go with another Monster. Those things are way too expensive for what they are. They're just perceived as higher quality because they cost so much. Personally I like the cables at TendonUSA . com. Cheap, look good, plus a lifetime warranty (just like Monster).

Stew4HD
07-19-2007, 03:48 PM
I pretty sure they don't do much but dress up the cable. Glad to hear you didn't go with another Monster. Those things are way too expensive for what they are. They're just perceived as higher quality because they cost so much. Personally I like the cables at TendonUSA . com. Cheap, look good, plus a lifetime warranty (just like Monster).

That plastic webbing on the outside of the jacket is for looks only. There should be an overall shield just under the plastic jacket that is made to block signal interference from stay voltages (too close to power cables). Just be sure that the the HDMI cable is not running next to a power cable for a length longer than a couple of feet.