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Old 09-02-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default Subwoofer Cables Monster vs Monoprice. No Haters Please.

Alright ... I've been reading forums for a while to notice that there are 2 camps. One says cables are a major factor and others that swear to God that Monoprice is all you need.

I've been using my friend's Monster 12ft cable
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...le-12ft/1.html

Recently he had to take it back and I replaced it with a Monoprice
http://www.monoprice.com/StaticConte...rpath=/Product

Did I hear a major difference? I am not sure. I am the one that made fun of him for spending $300 on Monster snake thick speaker cables (that he actually gave me to use right now).

This question is for NON haters. Those that actually compared regular subwoofer cable to something a bit more expensive. Did you hear a difference? Is it worth it?

I am currently using that Monoprice cable going into a (L) input instead of using a splitter like this one
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2CK5NG72UVSTT

So ... bottom line ....
stick with my current Monoprice cable going into (L) channel in the sub

OR

Splitter http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2CK5NG72UVSTT

and

Monster M850 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A3AOQOFLT3TC4L)
or
Monsterbass 400 (http://www.accessories4less.com/make...le-12ft/1.html)

No haters ! :-) please .... if you never compared and just go by what others mentioned here, save your breath please.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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I ran a fairly extensive ABX blind test with a group of audiophiles on speaker cables years ago. Every single person failed miserably. It was generic wire from a spool cut at home depot against a $1900 pair of speaker cables specifically chosen by the manufacturer for the $40,000 2 channel audio chain.

Although I never did a follow up test on interconnects, I would expect exactly the same results. I would also be willing to put money up in a bet that people wouldn't pass such a test with 80% or better on 20 samples.
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I haven't noticed a difference in sound quality between the two cables (Monster vs MonoPrice). The monster cables I did have didn't pickup any interference when plugged in. The monoprice FOR ME buzzed. I think that all came down to the thickness of the ends and the spacing of my SUB Out jacks. Get whatever cable has the best shielding and construction. If you can try before you buy even better. Blue Jeans Cables also makes some wonderful stuff. Hopefully this thread doesn't get into a bashing type. Good luck and enjoy.

I use the Monoprice now in my living room setup with only ONE sub and have no issues whatsoever.
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For subwoofers I have used both brands. I can not hear any difference. But when you are talking about ICs between an amp and a pre-amp or speaker wires I prefer to use the more expensive cables where they tend to improve somewhat on the quality of the signal.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:02 PM   #6
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then why do people even bother with companies like http://www.bluejeanscable.com/ ? These guys get mentioned here all the time. Just trying to understand. You know how it is ... when we spend thousands of dollars on our equipment, we don't want an extra $50 or so on cable to be the weak link in our set up.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:17 PM   #7
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then why do people even bother with companies like http://www.bluejeanscable.com/ ? These guys get mentioned here all the time. Just trying to understand. You know how it is ... when we spend thousands of dollars on our equipment, we don't want an extra $50 or so on cable to be the weak link in our set up.

You can get a better grade of connector from some brands. What people hear as "better" can simply be a crappy connector bouncing around.
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From conversations with my dad, whose an electrician and has his electrical engineering degree, has work as both a ht installer and also installs smart home technology... Whatever... A cable is a resistor, the smaller the cable the more resistance. The more resistance the more stress your amp has put on it power your speakers. He's always told me to get 10 or 12 gauge shielded twisted pairs for speaker cable. When I told him I went to blue jeans and bought 10 gauge Belden cable all he said was I know Belden cable it's good cable. I've heard $20k speaker cables and $350 speaker cables and never noticed a difference personally.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:53 PM   #9
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then why do people even bother with companies like http://www.bluejeanscable.com/ ? These guys get mentioned here all the time. Just trying to understand. You know how it is ... when we spend thousands of dollars on our equipment, we don't want an extra $50 or so on cable to be the weak link in our set up.
For some folks paying a bit more to support a small USA based company is an important factor during the purchase decision process.

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Old 09-04-2014, 01:20 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by bizmord View Post
Alright ... I've been reading forums for a while to notice that there are 2 camps. One says cables are a major factor and others that swear to God that Monoprice is all you need.

I've been using my friend's Monster 12ft cable
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...le-12ft/1.html

Recently he had to take it back and I replaced it with a Monoprice
http://www.monoprice.com/StaticConte...rpath=/Product

Did I hear a major difference? I am not sure. I am the one that made fun of him for spending $300 on Monster snake thick speaker cables (that he actually gave me to use right now).

This question is for NON haters. Those that actually compared regular subwoofer cable to something a bit more expensive. Did you hear a difference? Is it worth it?

I am currently using that Monoprice cable going into a (L) input instead of using a splitter like this one
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2CK5NG72UVSTT

So ... bottom line ....
stick with my current Monoprice cable going into (L) channel in the sub

OR

Splitter http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2CK5NG72UVSTT

and

Monster M850 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A3AOQOFLT3TC4L)
or
Monsterbass 400 (http://www.accessories4less.com/make...le-12ft/1.html)

No haters ! :-) please .... if you never compared and just go by what others mentioned here, save your breath please.
I am a believer of cables but here is the thing about this you will only get to hear a difference on a very revealing speakers, in case of a sub very expensive sub are sometimes finicky on hum like my JL so a well engineered cable is a must and when I say well enginnered it's not a Monster Cable, The Monster Cable is not much better than a Monoprice cable. The Monster was generating atrocious hum on the JL regardless of the setting I was using while it showed no problems on my Digm Sub 15. Again it depends a lot on the speakers as well.

Some claim they have ran blind Test and most people can't hear the difference but I have compared Nordost and Monster Interconnects in an A-B comparison and even blind folded it was easy to identify because the soundstage was dramatically more open with the Nordost.

The difference in price was only about 25$.

The main key here is not to buy the most expensive cable but to wisely select your cables, on a $500 sub, don't even think their will be any noticeable difference regardless of price of the cable as long as it decently built.

Keep using the left channel as probably recommended by your sub manufacturer. That's how I have it on my sub.

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From conversations with my dad, whose an electrician and has his electrical engineering degree, has work as both a ht installer and also installs smart home technology... Whatever... A cable is a resistor, the smaller the cable the more resistance. The more resistance the more stress your amp has put on it power your speakers. He's always told me to get 10 or 12 gauge shielded twisted pairs for speaker cable. When I told him I went to blue jeans and bought 10 gauge Belden cable all he said was I know Belden cable it's good cable. I've heard $20k speaker cables and $350 speaker cables and never noticed a difference personally.
Blue Jeans are a very good alternative to more expensive cables and they show great quality and you can get them terminated in high quality connectors for a very good price. They are indeed twisted while not as much as some other cable, they still have the benefits.
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Can this be or is it all in my head?
I used to use Monoprice subwoofer cable 15 feet.... sound was nice I guess. Then, changed to Mediabridge 8 feet cable, ..... volume kept the same and now bass feels a bit lighter. It's as if Monoprice cable gave more bass.

is it all in my head???
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Keep using the left channel as probably recommended by your sub manufacturer. That's how I have it on my sub.
Left channel? what do you mean?
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Can this be or is it all in my head?
I used to use Monoprice subwoofer cable 15 feet.... sound was nice I guess. Then, changed to Mediabridge 8 feet cable, ..... volume kept the same and now bass feels a bit lighter. It's as if Monoprice cable gave more bass.

is it all in my head???
Yes.

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