You guys will like this - Monster's new XBOX cables

Dan B

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Pardon me for posting this big pic, but...

Oooooh. Aaaah!
I like that solution better than HD pack & separate cables solution. Beefy lookin', too.
-Dan
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AndyVX

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I was reading that story, and man those cables look to be very fine.
I'm a little confused by the optical audio connection though. From the pictures I saw, it's output at first(from the base of the cables) via a connection that looks like a stereo mini din, then somehow converted to an optical connection. I'm just a little confused at how this will work.
Also, does only the component cables support an optical audio connection? *EDIT* Nevermind this question, I just found the answer...they all upport digital audio.
Thanks.
Andrew
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[Edited last by AndyVX on November 07, 2001 at 11:04 AM]
 

Wolf Jenkins

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Hmmm. So this will replace the HDTV pack? oh well - I'm buying the HDTV pack anyway and using some bettercables as my component cables. that way it's easier to replace the component cable.
Besides, didn't Monster have shipping problems with their good component cable upon the PS2 launch?
 

Alan Wild

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I guess it's my turn to be confused.... with 5 connectors it would appear that the "component" cable is for doing RGBHV. Can this cable also carry a YPrPb signal and let the "H" and "V" cables hang free?
I guess what I'm really asking is can the Xbox drive a YPrPb signal or only RGBHV. I have plenty of switching for YPrPb, but I have no way to switch RBGHV and I already have a HD decoder consuming that input.
-Alan
 

Prentice Cotham

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Alan,
I believe that those are the analog audio outputs. Monster traditionally uses red & blue for those colors.
 

Sean Oneil

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Looks good, but Monster Cable = Empty Wallet.
I'll just go HD-pack and use Radio Shack cables or something. I'll have tham hidden behind the TV anyway.
That Monster Cable looks so cool, it looks like something you would want to show off.
 

Prentice Cotham

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Those are component video with analog (L/R)audio outputs with a separate optical cable. They make a similar set for the PS2 except it's blue in color.
[Edited last by Prentice Cotham on November 08, 2001 at 06:20 AM]
 

Camp

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OK...how about a reward for the first person to find these deeply discounted somewhere? I want the component/optical audio connection but I am not about to spend more than a game for it.
BTW, I'm not a cable guy. -in case you couldn't tell.
 

Troy LaMont

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I have the Monster component video cable for PS2 and I will be getting this puppy for XBox!!!!
Camp,
If they come to Best Buy, I'll get you one for a discount. BTW, Monster's site lists the X-Link 400 for less than what's stated in the article, 64.95 vs. 59.95 ($5 counts).
DanB,
I just noticed your signature....ROTLMAO!

Troy
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Rusty Ray

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65 bucks for a cable? i dont think so... Monster is not that much better..
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Scott O'Keeffe

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Depends on what you think of the included microsoft component cable compared with other brands, imho.
$20 for the HD pack which comes with 5' lenghts of 6 RCA cables; 2 analog audio, 3 component, and a composite plus the need to purchase separate optical connection, ~$35, for a total of $55 to get rolling.
or..
$65 for Monster Cable pack + ~35 for their or others' decent toslink connection for a total of $100.
I'm going with the HD Pack at first.
If the dreaded "unshielded" effects appear, I'll convert.
 

Derrik Draven

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Those of you with some kick ass hometheater setups, don't be dumb and "cheap out" on some lame cables. The MonsterCables and Bettercables and VampireWire are all vastly superior to the usual "junk in the box" that you normally find when you open up your new equipment.
Think I'm going to go with the MonsterCable.
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Troy LaMont

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Mike_G,
Yes!
Troy
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Michael St. Clair

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The 'HD box' probably has as high (or low) of quality of traces as you'll find leading up to the port on the motherboard of the XBox, where it is considerably noisier from an RF standpoint.
You think you get a videophile grade A/V section on a $300 box that plays stunning 3D games, has a hard drive, and networks?
The bottleneck to signal quality will probably be inside the XBox itself. I would not buy a $100 worth of cables for a game console like I would for a high-end DVD player.
Buy the $20 HD box and look for noise that you think you can cure.
[Edited last by Michael St. Clair on November 12, 2001 at 04:43 PM]
 

Chad Ferguson

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So should I just stay with the s-video cable that comes with the A/V pack? Not worth it at all for a decent S-video cord?
 

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