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Old 07-25-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Tips for Home Theater cables...why are they so expensive???

Hello fellow Steeler fans,

Aside from my love of the Steelers, I find myself to be somewhat of a home theater enthusiast. I was an early adopter of DVD's back in 1997 and was an early adopter HDTV buyer. I know how all those components that go into a great home theater system can add up. From the TV, the dvd player, the video game console, the audio receiver, equalizer and all the cabling involved.

Here is a little tip regarding the last part of that equation. Cables. These are the most over hyped, over priced part of home theater and audio hookups. The same is true for computers. If you go into a brick & mortar store, you could very well spend up to $120+ on a 6ft HDMI cable!!!! I say, screw that. I am on a budget like most of you.

Shop the Internet. Don't listen to the marketing BS of companies like Monster Cable. You can get the same quality 6ft HDMI cable for $12 online. Don't believe me? Try www.monoprice.com or any other online retailer (not a plug, they are just an example). So, want to watch the Steelers in High Def glory without paying an arm and a leg, do yourself a favor and step away from the uninformed Best Buy rep and buy your cables much cheaper online. I just did this for my folks which lead to this post as they were conned into buying a $100+ cable at Best Buy which I had to return for them.

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Old 07-25-2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tips for Home Theater cables...why are they so expensive???

Thats a good site you posted above, very affordable. People may want to try e-bay also, I got a 6' hdmi cable for $5. altogether with shipping. The same cable that monoprice sells.
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Old 07-25-2007, 03:57 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tips for Home Theater cables...why are they so expensive???

I fell for that when I bought my HDTV, and that was my fault because I spent all my time researching the TV's and zero time thinking about cables. I spent like $150 on cables from Best Buy, and took them right back for a refund that night after my friends made fun of me for being such a sucker. I went on ebay and got the same exact cables for $28 including shipping!
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Hey Hammer...

Your exactly right... Thanks for the post.

Unless your running the signal A LONG WAY... Any cable should do. HDMI at 4 or 5 feet is absolutely fine... regardless of its make.

Now, if you were running it about 20 feet... Do your research, as signal deterioration may become an issue. However, I am running a Computer cable over a hundred feet... with NO deterioration. So who knows. I even had computer people tell me I couldn't do that. But it works FINE.
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Default Re: Tips for Home Theater cables...why are they so expensive???

I suggest www.hometheaterspot.com to anyone out there into home theater. Research everything before you buy!
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You can also try www.pricewatch.com for all things electronic - some of the best prices anywhere on the net.

BTW, I never buy Monster cables - figured out years ago that they are rip-off artists. I've used plenty of cables - even store brands - and never had a problem with any of them. Even the cables that come with some home theater receivers/DVD players/VCRs are just as good as anything Monster puts out. I'm running Philips digital coax audio and S-video cables that I bought from Wal-Mart on my home theater - not one issue. Cost me a total of $30 for 3 cables.
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You can also try www.pricewatch.com for all things electronic - some of the best prices anywhere on the net.

BTW, I never buy Monster cables - figured out years ago that they are rip-off artists. I've used plenty of cables - even store brands - and never had a problem with any of them. Even the cables that come with some home theater receivers/DVD players/VCRs are just as good as anything Monster puts out. I'm running Philips digital coax audio and S-video cables that I bought from Wal-Mart on my home theater - not one issue. Cost me a total of $30 for 3 cables.
S-Video? No component or HDMI?
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S-Video? No component or HDMI?
Nope - don't have HDTV yet.
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Nope - don't have HDTV yet.

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Default Re: Tips for Home Theater cables...why are they so expensive???

What do you think about the Bose system for the TV?? They also have a system that has a CD player that stores 200 hours of music. I was thinking about springing for this but don't know much about these systems.
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