Monster Cable is a Ripoff

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Hey Bubba’s, check this out:

We’ve tried to say it before. If you’re overpaying for A/V cabling, you’re wasting money, because premium brand wiring is a waste of money. Ultra hyped, over advertised Monster Cables are a ripoff. More folks are coming to this conclusion; over at, they put some expensive Monster brand cables up against… wait for it… a coat hanger.  And, er, guess who lost?  Or certainly didn’t win.

The test set a small group of self-confessed audiophiles to listen to a selection of “smooth trio easy listening jazz” on a Martin Logan SL-3 speaker set at 75db and 1000KHz. The Monster 1000 audio cables (retailing at around $180 for a 12ft cable) connected one set of speakers and were facing off against another connection made from coat hangers! Not kidding. In order to REALLY put a quality gap between the two samplings almost guaranteeing a winner, a coat hanger was jury rigged with audio connectors on each end and set to square off against a $180 24k gold tipped, noise-shielded, engineered multigauge braided audio cable.

Um,  you see where this is going, don’t you?

After sampling the music a number of times in a blind test, the audiophiles could not distinguish which was the monster cable and which was the “other” cable. Each was satisfied with the tonal quality and sound of each cable offering. Granted, the test was not conducted by a professional audio engineer and the small test group were “self-professed” audiophiles. However, you would think that there would be SOME obvious difference. Even the common person should be able to distinguish between the pricey engineered cables and the makeshift trash pretending to be cables.

Again, for our earlier article on this nonsense and how to buy cables for yourself, check here.  Good job at geeksaresexy for a “real world” test.  Keep in mind that you’ll almost never find these luxury priced cables in a radio station, recording studio, or  concert hall. It’s just wire and pvc jacketing. We are not suggesting that the cheapest, thinnest cable (much less a coat hanger!)  is the way to go. Far from it. You need to buy and install your cabling based on the application, the bandwidth, the length of the cable run, etc. We put up a good guide on how to determine the thickness or gauge of speaker wire that you need here. But you definitely shouldn’t shoot your budget based on a bunch of hype and glossy advertising. It can be a Monster of a ripoff.




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