[quote]Sonny S wrote:
I just picked up on Black Friday a 42" LCD HDTV. I need some advice from those of you who have experience with this b/c after doing some reading online, I’m still undecided as to what to buy.
Cable co. is coming manana to install the hi-def box and my questions are re: cables.
The employees at Circuit City kept pushing these $100+Monster cables on me, saying you need them , you won’t get true HD w/out them, blah blah blah.
Oh, and they also pushed a $100+ Monster surge protector (!!) on me.
I told them I’ll think about it.
So what’s the deal with these cables?
1)Do I need to spring for them?
Do I need to buy anything else to get the best picture qulaity?
Do I need to buy the Monster surge protector?
Thanks in advance[/quote]
The quality of a video signal is only as high as the weakest piece of video equipment.
For example, if you have your HDTV signal running into a 150 dollar DVD player or VCR before it hits your TV or some sort of AV switcher, the cables will do jack shit for you. Basically, if you bought a 42" tv as a black friday steal, I doubt the monster cables will do much for you.
If, on the other hand, this is a really high-end 42" TV and you have 10,000+ dollars invested in your entertainment equipment, by all means, spring for the cables. Monster cables are good shit, don’t get me wrong. In situations that require the best (recording, namely) I always believe in buying high-dollar cables. However, in your case, I would bet that you are just going to waste 100 bills on cables that are way better than the components they connect.
Also, a monster surge protector is probably another unnecessary waste of cash. Buy a 40 dollar one that is rated the same and don’t sweat it. I work in a college where we put tens of thousands of dollars of equipment on ten dollar surge protectors day in and day out; we’ve never had a problem.