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Buyer beware: Misleading Circuit City Monster Cables display


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#1 of 11 Ben_L

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Posted April 15 2008 - 10:19 PM

At my local Circuit City (in Huntington beach, CA),they have 2 LCDs set up showing the difference in quality of the picture using Monster cables and using regular cables.

Both displays are playing of a feed directly from an HDDVD of Shrek. The video on the left LCD (regular cables) looked noticebly blurrier than the one on the right (monster cable).

Now the advertisement display doesn't say what kind of cable connection is being used for each set, only saying that the one on the right is using monster cables. So I checked the back of the sets. And yes (you might have guessed it), the blurry one on the left is using a regular composite cable, while the one on the right is using a Monster HDMI cable. I couldn't believe CC would stoop this low to push Monster Cables.

The other thing that I noticed was that the one on the left also has regular component cables hooked up, so i simply pressed on the input button a few times on the set to use component inputs. Now the two sets were virtually indistinguishable from each other. Hopefully, not too many people were fooled by that display.

#2 of 11 Radioman970

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Posted April 16 2008 - 12:43 AM

Awesome. Great job. I hate stores that cheat like that. If only more people cared to do some investigation like you did.
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#3 of 11 MarkMel

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Posted April 16 2008 - 04:25 AM

I have not needed to purchase instrument cables in years. I went into a music store to pick up a couple of new ones. All I saw on the wall was monster cable. I asked the guy behind the counter if all he has was monster and he said yes. I told him no thanks, I don't drink the monster kool-aid, he laughed and said most don't.

I guess I will go back to making my own cables.
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#4 of 11 Ben_L

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Posted April 17 2008 - 02:07 AM

Yeah, the only thing that is Monster that I will gladly buy is the energy drink variety...

#5 of 11 Viper

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Posted October 02 2008 - 07:30 AM

It's hard to believe what these assholes get away with. They had 6' HDMI cables on sale for $105 one week. ON SALE!? I buy HDMI cables for $5 each online! Piss on Monster, and piss on Circuit City.

#6 of 11 Keith Paynter

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Posted December 17 2008 - 04:04 PM

I refuse to buy Monster cables (or any cables for that matter) that are so thick and heavy that it could potentially unseat the HDMI or mini-FW connection from my television or laptop, rendering them useless. No-name or 3rd party is just fine. I refuse to pay for some company's marketing budget.
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#7 of 11 spicy14lingo

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Posted December 19 2008 - 04:38 AM

I can't believe that stores try to be so deceptive!!! Don't they have souls?

Thanks for the heads up. I really hope that few bought that gimmick.

#8 of 11 Dan1

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Posted December 28 2008 - 06:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Ben_L
I couldn't believe CC would stoop this low to push Monster Cables.

I believe it. Most consumers wouldn't bother to look behind the unit. Circuit City is on it's last legs. I wouldn't buy anything of value there.

#9 of 11 Jesse Skeen

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Posted December 28 2008 - 11:36 AM

Remember when they had the same 5 movies displayed on both DVD and DIVX discs and showing the total price, with DIVX always being a fraction of the DVDs' price but no mention that you would have to pay more to play them again after 48 hours?

I've heard Monster treats their workers like crap too- they laid off a bunch of people in California after they moved manufacturing overseas to save a few bucks.
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#10 of 11 Dan1

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Posted December 29 2008 - 06:05 AM

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Remember when they had the same 5 movies displayed on both DVD and DIVX discs and showing the total price, with DIVX always being a fraction of the DVDs' price but no mention that you would have to pay more to play them again after 48 hours?

I remember Divx. IIRC the Divx player had to be hooked up to a phone line. After they shut Divx down were the Divx discs playable or did they become coasterware? Besides CCity what other retailers sold Divx? You had to be a total sucker to fall for Divx.

#11 of 11 ausaf

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Posted January 18 2009 - 08:31 PM

I am agree with this....
eah, the only thing that is Monster that I will gladly buy is the energy drink variety...



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