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Monster HDMI Flatscreen Value Pack - Reduced from £114.99 to £62.99

£62.99 @ K and Co
Monster 130856 - Monster Hdmi Flatscreen Value Pack Use voucher code EM4646 (Username edsave) for this price 1 x Monster 200 HDMIcable - 2 meters 1 x Monster AV800 multi component surge powerc…
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Monster 130856 - Monster Hdmi Flatscreen Value Pack

Use voucher code EM4646 (Username edsave) for this price

1 x Monster 200 HDMIcable - 2 meters
1 x Monster AV800 multi component surge powercentre - 8 sockets 1 coax
2x Mini Home + Office Display Cleaner

"A MUST FOR EVERY NEW LCD/ PlasmaTV"
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#1
http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/images/products/imagesp/4_Final/MON-130856/c01.jpg
#2
hmm am i missing soemthign here?
is this good bvalue
i know its a big reduction
but 2m hdmi can be had for a fiver
surge protect socket bout 10-15 quid
so 40 odd quid for some screen wipe stuff?

or am i totally reading this wrong
sorry if i am
and havent voted yet till i see if i am mistaken :)
#3
just to make sure everyone is aware- you dont need a really expensive hdmi cable- as the cable delivers digital signals i.e. zero's and ones, the signal quality cannot degrade- the only time you might need an expensive hdmi cable is if its something like 10meters long
#4
£5 HDMI cables really do not compare to the ones you get in this pack.

We have these cables running between a Sony upscaling DVD player and a Sky HD box on the 50 inch Panasonic plasma at home and the picture quality is brilliant. By comparison the cheap cable i bought for £5 to connect my 360 to my 22" LG LCD at uni is terrible - the clarity of the picture is awful the colour bleeds and the lines even on a static picture (dashboard on the console) are poorly defined it was so bad i went back to the stock component cable I dread to think what it would look like on a 50" (effectivly 4 times the size).

For a large TV proper cables are a must there is no point spending upwards of £700 on a sweet TV only to ruin it with cheap cables believe me you can tell the difference.

plus the power surge protector gives you £1000's of pounds worth of cover in case of a surge and ensures that no humps in the power supply result in distortion of the picture

I will admit this thing is not required for the bedroom setup but for any reasonably big sized TV (42" +) in my opinion at least it is a must!
#5
Monster have a terrible reputation in the US, a reputation which has yet to cross over here. Generally, their cables are seen as being extremely over-priced for what they are. I cannot believe that someone would pay over £100 for this pack - £62 is still extortionate.

Not really relevant but Monster are an extremely litigious company. Woebetide you if you have a company or enterprise with 'Monster' in the title as they will come after you, suits in hand. Here's a link to some stories for your amusement:
http://consumerist.com/search/monster/
#6
The gadget show proved last week there is no difference in picture quality between a cheap cable and an expensive one.
#7
jtanz0
£5 HDMI cables really do not compare to the ones you get in this pack.

We have these cables running between a Sony upscaling DVD player and a Sky HD box on the 50 inch Panasonic plasma at home and the picture quality is brilliant. By comparison the cheap cable i bought for £5 to connect my 360 to my 22" LG LCD at uni is terrible - the clarity of the picture is awful the colour bleeds and the lines even on a static picture (dashboard on the console) are poorly defined it was so bad i went back to the stock component cable I dread to think what it would look like on a 50" (effectivly 4 times the size).

For a large TV proper cables are a must there is no point spending upwards of £700 on a sweet TV only to ruin it with cheap cables believe me you can tell the difference.

plus the power surge protector gives you £1000's of pounds worth of cover in case of a surge and ensures that no humps in the power supply result in distortion of the picture

I will admit this thing is not required for the bedroom setup but for any reasonably big sized TV (42" +) in my opinion at least it is a must!


We have had this topic to death now but people dont believe a word of that. A decent cable under £10 will suffice.

Have a look at the molex cables sold at [url]www.tvcables.co.uk[/url] for well made sturdy hdmi cables that aren't badly made tat but are still cheap.
#8
aceshigh
The gadget show proved last week there is no difference in picture quality between a cheap cable and an expensive one.


Exactly what I was thinking when reading through this deal discussion !
Just to add further detail –
the Gadget show did a test comparison between a £10 cable and a £120 cable on identical setups at the same time and proved that in a normal home environment you get no extra benefit from the more expensive cable what so ever. :thumbsup:
#9
In my experience cables do make a difference - i dont have an expensive HDMI here for a comparison but i do have a cheap one and the stock component image below make your own minds up

http://photos-056.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v248/136/39/755030056/n755030056_3063016_8884.jpg
#10
aceshigh;2153396
The gadget show proved last week there is no difference in picture quality between a cheap cable and an expensive one.

The gadget show said the cheap HDMI cable they compared cost £20. Are you saying there's no difference between a £20 HDMI cable and one costing £5 as referred to in this thread?

I see the gadget show more of an entertainment program introducing some of the latest tech rather than one for serious comparisons.
#11
retropolis
The gadget show said the cheap HDMI cable they compared cost £20. Are you saying there's no difference between a £20 HDMI cable and one costing £5 as referred to in this thread?

I see the gadget show more of an entertainment program introducing some of the latest tech rather than one for serious comparisons.


HDMI Cable prices are a RIP-OFF..........It's a Digital Signal (1's and 0's) .......it'll either work or it won't (picture or no picture) ........there is NO intermediate ! :roll:

Get a £5 one or less ! :thumbsup:
#12
I used this little fella for extending the range of HDMI cables its fantastic. http://www.canford.co.uk/commerce/productdetails.aspx?productid=48-603
banned#13
jtanz0
£5 HDMI cables really do not compare to the ones you get in this pack.

We have these cables running between a Sony upscaling DVD player and a Sky HD box on the 50 inch Panasonic plasma at home and the picture quality is brilliant. By comparison the cheap cable i bought for £5 to connect my 360 to my 22" LG LCD at uni is terrible - the clarity of the picture is awful the colour bleeds and the lines even on a static picture (dashboard on the console) are poorly defined it was so bad i went back to the stock component cable I dread to think what it would look like on a 50" (effectivly 4 times the size).

For a large TV proper cables are a must there is no point spending upwards of £700 on a sweet TV only to ruin it with cheap cables believe me you can tell the difference.

plus the power surge protector gives you £1000's of pounds worth of cover in case of a surge and ensures that no humps in the power supply result in distortion of the picture

I will admit this thing is not required for the bedroom setup but for any reasonably big sized TV (42" +) in my opinion at least it is a must!


Yes I believe you, just like that £100 USB cable you bought because the free one that came with whatever you bought wasn't up to the job of sending 1s and 0s either!!

Have you heard of the Emperor's New Clothes?
#14
Mecoconuts;2153855
.....It's a Digital Signal (1's and 0's).......it'll either work or it won't (picture or no picture)
Obviously! :roll: We all agree with that info.


Mecoconuts;2153855
HDMI Cable prices are a RIP-OFF
I think most of the expensive ones are.


Mecoconuts;2153855
...there is NO intermediate ! :roll:
For many there is!


Mecoconuts;2153855
Get a £5 one or less ! :thumbsup:
I've recently ordered one for £5 :thumbsup:


I'm sure it will work but how well, I'll have to wait and see. If I'm not satisfied I'll take it to an AV dealer who has the same TV as mine on demo. I'll give that dealer the opportunity to sell me a cable if they can demonstrate a superior performance.

The quality of the carrier materials can influence the accuracy of 1s & 0 transfer. The differences between digital cables are in most cases small but these differences usually won't be noticeable on small screens or poor quality sets.

Some people do have high end TVs such as Pioneer Kuro and some may require long lengths of HDMI cable so it's absurd to think that all HDMI cables produce the same results as the very cheapest ones do not have sufficient screening properties to prevent digital signal corruption. Go to any AV forum for confirmation.

I'm quite open minded on how much to spend on HDMI cable. I'm starting with one costing £5 and I'll take it from there. There's absolutely no reason for some members to disbelieve jtanz0's post. #5. Some people can see the differences, some don't.

BTW, I voted this deal cold and I don't think it's necessary to buy very expensive digital cables but I'm yet to be convinced about the very cheapest HDMIs being as good, particularly for large top brand TVs.
banned#15
Ask any retailer of these high end cables to do a blind test that you set up for them with two identical set-ups, one with a cheap cable and one with an expensive cable and see if their hesitancy inspires confidence in you to purchase the higher value cable.

It's absurd to suggest that picture quality can be affected by poorer quality digital cables in any way other than loss of image. The worse you can expect is picture break up, but only if the cable is faulty or extremely poorly assembled. The HDMI standard stipulates a certain acceptable error rate for data transmission, all HDMI cables adhere to this to become compliant. That error rate is so low that you should never see any break up of picture with a working cable.

The cable companies are in a real fix now with HDMI as they can't claim the quality affects the image in the same way analogue cables did. There is a wealth of facts available regarding this, just because somebody who has paid £100 for a cable claims it made a difference doesn't make it a fact, the science around this technology is however a fact
#16
out of all the HDMI cables I have tried (and I've been through the spectrum from £5 to £109) so far the best all round one I've used is the HDMI v1.3 Professional Quality 2.4M Cable from play for £9.99. (tested using a setup consisting of PS3, HD-DVD, Virgin V+ and Denon upscaling DVD connected to a 50" Panny viera plasma)

Play HDMI cable
#17
retropolis
The quality of the carrier materials can influence the accuracy of 1s & 0 transfer. The differences between digital cables are in most cases small but these differences usually won't be noticeable on small screens or poor quality sets.


It's a digital signal, if you get any interference then you won't get anything at the other end at all.

If you can see a picture on your screen, then it will be the same whether it's a £1 HDMI lead or a £100 one.

Gold Plated/Double Screened/Super Dooper are all sales talk.

Save your money and pick up that cheapy. If it doesn't work at all, get a replacement.
1 Like #18
jtanz0
£5 HDMI cables really do not compare to the ones you get in this pack.

We have these cables running between a Sony upscaling DVD player and a Sky HD box on the 50 inch Panasonic plasma at home and the picture quality is brilliant. By comparison the cheap cable i bought for £5 to connect my 360 to my 22" LG LCD at uni is terrible - the clarity of the picture is awful the colour bleeds and the lines even on a static picture (dashboard on the console) are poorly defined it was so bad i went back to the stock component cable I dread to think what it would look like on a 50" (effectivly 4 times the size).

For a large TV proper cables are a must there is no point spending upwards of £700 on a sweet TV only to ruin it with cheap cables believe me you can tell the difference.

plus the power surge protector gives you £1000's of pounds worth of cover in case of a surge and ensures that no humps in the power supply result in distortion of the picture

I will admit this thing is not required for the bedroom setup but for any reasonably big sized TV (42" +) in my opinion at least it is a must!



If you're going to test something, you MUST only change one factor (The HDMI cable in this case)

Using different outputs, and different TVs have rendered your test pointless and unfortunately you have sucumbed to the sales talk.

Hopefully you learned this time :thumbsup:
#19
Gizmodo article on HDMI cables

This is the most informative article I have yet read on the subject and although they are testing the cables based on future technology that may not be around for 10 years or so. It is at least backed up with scientific evidence rather than people just quoting what they've seen of a channel 5 entertainment program.

Lets face it the only reason anybody even watches the Gadget Show is because they have a thing for Suzi Perry, not because of the consumer advice they hand out.

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