Monday, September 01, 2008

Avoid High-Priced Home Theater Cables

If you've been to any of the big-name tech stores, like Best Buy or Circuit City lately, and looked at their supply of home theater audio and video cables--you know one thing. They can be expensive!

Monster Cable has pretty much cornered the market on audio video cables and have suckered everyone into thinking that any other cable is inferior to their own. However, as one study showed, there is no audible difference between a Monster Cable audio cable and...wait for it...a coat hangar! You can read the story over at The Consumerist. has a large supply of audio and video cables and many of them can cost under $10, which compares to Monster Cable's prices of $100-$150. Recently I wanted a DVI to HDMI cable to hook my MacBook Pro up to an HDTV. Monster Cable's cables went for $130-$150. Even looking at Target I would have needed a $20 Belkin DVI-HDMI Adapter and then a separate $40 HDMI cable. On Amazon I purchased a DVI-HDMI adapter and an HDMI cable for under $13 with shipping.

So the next time you are looking for a cable, check online first. It could save you plenty of money!

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