January 17, 2006
Dear CNET members,
Back in the days when home theaters were my fancy, I would spend an exorbitant amount of money for high-end audio and video cables from Monster and other specialized manufacturers. Now that I have a family and more financial responsibilities, I don't always have the luxury of premium cables or up-to-date systems. But when the time comes to upgrade my home theater with a plasma TV and a 7.1 surround system, I'll be tempted to splurge on premium cables. Not only do I find them aesthetically pleasing, but I believe they're required for the highest-quality sight and sound. But enough about what I think--what's your take on premium cables? Some say they make all the difference, and some say they don't at all. Maybe we should submit this question to the guys on the Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," but I'd much rather hear the facts and opinions from you. So are those expensive name-brand cables worth the extra cash, or should you go with the cheaper generic brand? The bullhorn is in your hands, so TalkBack to let us know what you think!
This week's hot topic:
Are premium cables a rip-off or required?
Do you think high-end audio and video cables are worth the expense or just another way to waste your money? That's the question we put forth in our Screening Room discussion, and several of you had some great opinions to share.
Know what you're paying for
As a self-described audiophile, CNET member baldwinl shares a lot of technical know-how in his post. The bottom line? Buying quality cables is always important, but paying extra for a particular brand is simply a waste of money.
Read baldwinl's post in The Screening Room
Keep your distance
CNET member tlein believes that the amount of cable required should dictate what kind you get. If your cables need to be 10 feet or longer, go for the good stuff.
Read tlein's post in The Screening Room
Always go with the best
As a DJ, CNET member batavier always invests in high-end equipment. He swears by Monster cables, as they've delivered a noticeable improvement in his speaker's sound.
Read batavier's post in The Screening Room
Are the expensive name-brand cables that promise better video quality worth the extra cash, or should you just go with the cheaper generic brand? Read the latest Screening Room discussion and tell us what you think.
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