Totally disagree. I am a huge believer that cables are as important as tools, and people cut corners with cabling and wonder why their stuff sounds weak and lackluster.
ALL cables has a direction. Monster and a few others bother to mark it. Being the cynic I am, I have A/B'd many cables for direction and found some to have more directional improvement than others, but all sound different one direction vs. another.
I would agree that Monster is kind of a ripoff- their stuff is OK but they charge way more than it's worth.
Getting back to the thread, my 3/$10 midi cables from Radio Shack haven't failed me yet (3X cheaper than the Hosa's I had previously bought).
From: Mark Sottilaro [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 9:09 PM
Subject: Re: midi cabling...quality cables?
It's true. Moster Cable is based on "science lite" It's not reality. Don't
waste your money. Any large guage cable is fine. The funniest part is that
their rca cables have arrows showing which way the alternating current is
supposed to flow. That's rich.
Stan Card wrote:
> >> Midi cables are digital - the signal either gets there or it doesn't.
> > That's not completely accurate, but it is for midi cables. Digital cables
> > such as spdif can suffer from jitter and lag. On it's own, it's not all that
> > noticeable, but it can make digital gear lose synch, which is very
> > noticeable.
> >> Lower quality cables are more likely to stop working eventually.
> >> However, I've had good luck with Hosa cables, which are inexpensive.
> > Yeah. What he said.
> > bIz
> yeah, here is my 2 centavos-i'm talkin guitar now: high end
> cable(monster,george ls, etc.) for me doesnt work for audio!(i know yer
> talkin midi) there is noticable transients and added something that i dont
> get w/ cheap,that is regular wire(hosa,whirlwind,etc).it is not a quality
> issue-you hear it or you dont. i have a/b ed them forever and just have
> never found a reason for those high priced thangs,except marketing
> strategies(ya know, i payed for this high priced stuff and after that you
> just have to say "wow what a difference").fwiw
> (hope i'm not steppin on any toes)