I recently posted how Transparent Audio uses a capacitor and a resistor in what's known as a Zobel configuration. For the price of a few dollars, very few, this resulted in a cable that lists at $530. Transparent though is but one of many companies using such an approach of hiding simple, inexpensive components that either solve non-existant problems or do nothing at all in order to prey on a consumer's expectations while lightening their wallet. Today, we look at Monster Cable's 2.2 speaker wire. At about $500/pair for a ten foot length, Monster states that this is "Precision Audiophile Speaker Cable Incorporates Monster’s Finest Technologies" and that "M2.2s incorporates our Monster Network Terminator™, specially designed to terminate cable in its characteristic impedance to compensate for the inductive properties that all speakers exhibit at high frequencies." For a rather fun read on this approach to speaker wire impedance and its non-relevance, please enjoy the following from Fred Davis, an AES Fellow and researcher. Well Tom Nousaine has dissected the 2.2's and this is what he found. Each end had canisters that were separately labled as speaker and amplifier. He unscrewed the amplifier end and found another canister. This was cut open using a dremel tool which was also used to cut away some epoxy like material. After all that what he found was nothing. Just the wire. At the other end he found a 1-3 watt, 100 ohm resistor wired across the terminals. The net audible effect is zero, nada, zilch and even if were to burn out, a rather distinct possibility, you'd never know. I invite those interested to go run on down to the Shack and get various resistors to try this for themselves. You might want one with higher wattage because it won't take much to fry a 1 watt job. Just think, rather than being insulted by being filched by Monster, you can buy 20 feet of speaker wire for about $10, and use the extra $490 where you can purchase a bargain vacation to Paris and be insulted by professionals. At least the bread and pastry is good.