Monster Cable Vs. Cheap Cable

Ever wonder if expensive speaker (or guitar) cable makes a difference?  See my head-to-head comparison of Monster Cable vs a cheap no-name cable below.

23 Responses to “Monster Cable Vs. Cheap Cable”


  1. 1 Neal Z. October 3, 2008 at 9:55 am

    PUD!

    Monster Cable has like a monster sound – did they ever promise anything else?!? So now picture a monster fitting to that buzzing noise and – there you go … ;o)

    Did you plug the monster cable into the crybaby and your guitar connecting both ends at all? If so – did the sound become normal without buzz ..? Since one end was open and unplugged there usually is a bit of buzz but by far not that much as with the monster cable …

    So – shit you lost your receipt … but by this video you have your revenge and spat all of your hatred – well earned for them, btw. – at the monster cable company … well done. :o)

    Best advice – if you´re able to do it – is to build your own cables. If one gets broken, repair it yourself. A lot easier, a lot cheaper, and you always get the length you want (!) …

    Thanks for sharing this “musician´s advice with live situations” with us – usually the cheapest is NOT the worst you can get.

    My keyboarder once came to rehearsale with a cable that actually had a direction to use printed on it. On the plugs were small arrows pointing out the way the signal should go imprinted. He was so damn proud about this highly overpriced cable and always was like “this is pro gear, costed 80 Euro” (i.e. compared about 95 USD – for a stereo 20 feet cable !!!) ..

    When he was at the local pizza shop picking up the food for the band (was his turn …) I reversed the direction of his “pro” cable (swapping input and output plugs) and it sounded absolutely the same – no difference at all … when I told him I did so AFTER the following hour making music he was a little upset but no more proud about the shitty cable he just paid three times the price he had to for a standard one working the absolute same way.

    Monster cable or whatever they´re called – it´s all about the same if you compare them, maybe the plugs are better, but that´s about it … (in most cases)

    Cheers from Germany,
    Neal Z. :o)

    ps: now you know why cheap cables do not come in blister packages – because you CAN try them out this way first …

  2. 2 jimbo October 3, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve never had a monster cable buzz like that. It may be defecive. Guitar Center has always replaced my monster cables no questins asked. They have records of your sales. I used small monster jumper cables in my rack because they have better shielding to prevent interference.

    Go exchange your cable and make sure your pod is pluged into a properly grounded outlet.

  3. 3 KSM October 3, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Pud you have a bad cable there. I have purchased a zillion $$ worth of monster cable and I’m not going to defend them, but the difference in cables of low and high quality has to do not only with sound quality but durability, materials, method of component connection (soldering, etc.), shielding, and factors of that nature. Also, you never actually plugged the cable into your guitar – did the sound persist?

  4. 4 Kevin October 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    agreed….. love my BlueJeansCables.com cables. They work perfect! No frills…. just good cables!

    -KJB

  5. 5 teddy rasch October 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    you have a ground loop when the cable is not plugged into something…

  6. 6 HDMI Cable Guy October 3, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Get a professional cable made at http://www.ShowMeCustomCables.com and be done with it.

  7. 7 Wayne Lambright October 3, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    monster=monster marketing

  8. 8 Moran October 4, 2008 at 5:40 am

    I prefer everything cheap, but it’s a damn shame that radioshack only seems to sell overpriced monster cables. It’s also a shame I’m too damn fat and lazy to go anywhere else. One thing I can say is that the monster cables I do have, I have yet to have any of them become nothing more than BDSM ties & whips. But I’m not so sure if that’s worth the huge price difference. At least more me, since the stuff could be hissing, crackling, and whizzing and it would all sound the same to my retarded eardrums.

  9. 9 Jack October 8, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Placebo.

    “high end” cables are a waste of money. Open up that wah pedal and take a look at the unshielded, 20ga stranded wire inside. Same goes for your amp. Even vintage, handwired valve amps from the 1960’s and 1970s are similar. Thin wire soldered to turret boards. No high-end wires inside.

    On a related note, tThe most outrageous rip-off product I’ve ever seen was a “high end/audiophile” power cord for an amplifier. It cost something like $100 for a 4′ length, IIRC. And the manufacturer claimed that it gave (paraphrasing from memory) “tighter bass reponse, clarified mids and crisp highs.” Nonsense. It’s just a US-Spec 3-prong computer power cable which I can buy anywhere for around US$5.00

  10. 10 MacRebel October 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    While I am not an audiophile, I can still appreciate your frustration. But I must say, it am not impressed by the fact you have all but crucified a company over one bad experience. As I am sure you understand, a viral video like yours, while it may be good for getting some page views, ultimately results in a near permanent mark on the name of the vendor.

    It is not like printing a review of a product in a magazine (that eventually gets thrown away) or blasting a product on Talk Radio. When we criticize a company via the web, it becomes a very permanent record of that criticism.

    I would hope that you can take the time to try and exchange the product then tell us what happened.

    Be Fair

  11. 11 BelowTheCrowd October 15, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Agreed on BlueJeansCable.com. Absolutely the best quality at a fraction of the price.

    My grandfather and great uncle were in the business. It’s mostly a sham. Here’s my story about it: http://www.belowthecrowd.com/archive/2005/07/electronics_ret.html

    “In the 60s and 70s, much of the income from the business came from antenna sales. It sounds quaint in the days where cable TV is a de-facto requirement of modern connected life, but back in the 60s and 70s it was the lifeblood of the consumer electronics business. Go through the catalogs from those periods and you’ll find huge sections dedicated to TV antennas of various types. The reason was simple. At the time TV was still going through the transition from black and white to color, and from smaller screens to larger ones. It was relatively easy to sell a customer on the “need” for a new antenna to go with that new TV. After all, that old “black and white” antenna couldn’t really handle the new color signals, or so the argument went. It was complete BS, but it made a bizarre kind of sense to the uneducated consumer. New antennas in brightly colored boxes were sold at huge profit.”

  12. 12 Charlie Crystle October 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I hate the cables game–Monster is way overpriced. In researching the issue I came across a cable engineer’s site dedicated to the cable sham, claiming that typical lamp wire at 16 whatever weight is just as good as the $50 cable from Monster–same noise, same performance.

    I buy generic cable for guitars/pedals (try the Hartman silicon fuzz at http://www.hartmanelectronics.com for $99–great handmade stuff!). For recording I have some “better” cables but haven’t measured an appreciable difference in noise or quality.

  13. 14 George the Guitarist October 20, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Hook your cable to the guitar and then the cable to the amp before you switch the amp on. Amps make a loud buzzing noise if you put the jack in the socket when cable is hooked up to the amp the amp is on.

    Your cable is probably defective. If you have the original packaging, the store that you purchased it will probably take it back.

    I buy Bullet Cable. The company has a lifetime warranty, and the cable sounds really awesome. I have a coil and the silver bullet in 12 ft.

  14. 15 Amosis October 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    CBC Marketplace did a show on this very subject. Actually it was with cables for HD TV but the point was the same. They had an electronic guy check them out They check the signal strength and noise levels and such, and they also proved paying more is no guarantee of quality. Caveat Emptor

  15. 16 John October 26, 2008 at 5:02 am

    I work fixing tv’sin-home and even the engineers from the TV manufacturer’s that train us tell us that these Monster cables are total rip-offs.

    Of course, anybody with even minute training in electronics understands why. Monster cables have robbed more people than any electronics product that I can think of.

    Maybe they’re “better made”, but the sound/video quality difference is nill.

  16. 17 dreamtimestudio November 6, 2008 at 1:03 am

    my dad was a well known hifi man, he swore by it

  17. 18 Mark December 11, 2008 at 6:27 am

    yeah buzzing like that will happen when you use a SPEAKER CABLE! thats not a instrument cable. Monster instrument cables have gold ends and their pro line has silver ends. What you have is a Monster 500 speaker cable which is black tipped. pardon my harshness but why don’t you learn your shit before you go bashing a good company dumbass.

  18. 19 Skank December 18, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Yeah, Dumbass!!

  19. 20 octel February 2, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Mark, it seems that you’re the dumbass 🙂
    Rather than sending more money to Monster, please funnel it directly into my bank account, you dickless half-wit.

    Thanks

  20. 21 CGuitar February 12, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Watch the last several seconds of this video. The Monster cable was not even firmly plugged into the POD. The sleeve is about a half inch exposed before it is disconnected.

    I am not a Monster Cable user. Actually I am looking into making my own cables but I am no expert on this by any means. My research into this has me leaning towards using something like the Canare GS-6 cable.

    I am a guitar teacher and while researching good components I came upon this link.

    Seriously, watch the end of the video and see if you think the same.


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