Nope, I don’t get a commission from www.monoprice.com. But I do feel good when I help a fellow shopper save some money. Read on and find out how you can save a boatload of your hard-earned money. Whether you have a PC or a TV you’ll need some kind of cable that didn’t come in the box. I’m not sure about the exact figure but most branded PC or TV cables have a profit margin of 100-percent or more built into the price. As you’ll soon find out later in this post the difference between getting a cable from MonoPrice rather than Best Buy can save you more than $65!
SAVE For instance, for the PC you might need one of these cables: VGA-to-DVI, VGA-to-HDMI, VGA-to-VGA, VGA-to-DisplayPort, DVI-to-VGA, DVI-to-HDMI, DVI-to-DisplayPort, DisplayPort-to-DVI, etc. You get the point. Often times when you go to Best Buy or Fry’s Electronics the branded cables can cost an arm and a leg. Let’s look at an example.
A Dynex-branded 6.5 feet DVI-to-HDMI cable at Best Buy costs US$49.99. At MonoPrice a “HDMI DVI Cable 28AWG – 6ft w/Ferrite Cores (Gold Plated)” costs just $3.56. That is a huge difference in price! You save more than $45 buying from MonoPrice. (Yes, I do realize you’ll need to figure in the shipping & handling costs but you’ll still come out way ahead!)
Digital is Digital Another factoid that needs to be out in the open is this: all digital cables are about the same. Cables with endings such as DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, etc. are digital cables and you don’t need to get a Monster cable or a Dynex cable for more than 10x the price. On the other hand you should spend a bit more money on analog cables. An example would be a VGA-to-VGA cable, which is an analog cable. Unless you have old monitors and TVs (which I do!) most of you won’t even need to bother with analog cables.
TV Cables Too On the TV side the same logic applies. Get the best component, composite, S-Video cables you can afford. But don’t even think about paying more than about $5 for a HDMI-to-HDMI cable. Let’s look at another example.
The “Rocketfish – 8′ HDMI Digital Audio/Video Cable for PlayStation 3” costs $69.99 at Best Buy. At MonoPrice the “High Speed HDMI 1.3a Category 2 Certified Cable 28AWG – 8ft w/Ferrite Cores (Gold Plated Connectors) – BLACK” costs just $4.02. The Rocketfish-branded cable costs more than 17x! By the way, don’t get carried away by that “for PlayStation 3” marketing text–you can use any HDMI cable to connect your PlayStation 3 to a digital TV with a HDMI connection.
Save yourself a boatload of money by buying your cables at MonoPrice!