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    I work with lots of varying qualities of wiring in my job and for all of the marketing/packaging that Monster does, I must say they fall VERY short of what they should be for the money. Now, keep in mind that nearly all audio and video wiring sold as such is extremely marked up. The Coaxial wiring we use costs us pennies per foot, but retail price for this stuff (which is superior to monster brand coaxial cables in every way short of flexibility) is dollars per foot. With our top quality wiring costing us about a dollar per foot & a retail wire made from the same cable would cost about $300 for a 3 foot jumper. With all of these wires, the real gain is in the shielding and the connection. All the oxygen-free, gold plated, Magnetic Flux Tube®, MultiTwist™, PEX™ dielectric and Time Correct® multiple gauge wire networks mean exactly squat when the connector falls off in your hand (speaking from experience).

    Regarding RFI/MFI from stoplights: you won't get so much as a click, fizzle, whir or any other sound from outside interference if you have wires properly shielded.

    -Zack

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    Regarding RFI/MFI from stoplights: you won't get so much as a click, fizzle, whir or any other sound from outside interference if you have wires properly shielded.
    Exactly. Thank's for simplifying that statement. That's what I was trying to convey but I guess I must have expressed it improperly. With the right wiring, you won't get much interference at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilG View Post
    I can't agree that all "Monster sucks". To me it's great at the surplus prices I pay for it at Princess Auto. When I can't hear the difference, it's all about price and physical qualities of the wire (ie: ease of installation, gage, insulation quality) and I have no issue with Monster speaker wire in that regard.
    that's the catch-- i only saw it go on sale when circuit city closed in my area, and don't have many contacts at car audio stores to get much of a discount, so the exorbitant price is all i see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    that's the catch-- i only saw it go on sale when circuit city closed in my area, and don't have many contacts at car audio stores to get much of a discount, so the exorbitant price is all i see...
    So the question stands, if I could manufacture this stuff for as cheap as your regular speaker wire, would you buy it?

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    electrical wire = Monster wire, in quality of signal transmission.
    10' electrical wire = 1' Monster wire, in price.

    It really comes down to craftsmanship of the fittings. Now, audiophiles can get pure silver wire and braid them, twist them, use over-sized jackets for air insulation and all kinds of whatever they want to do for improved signal, but the cost of even homemade wiring (with proper techniques, assumed) quickly far exceeds the benefit. I think this is especially true in the automotive environment where it is impossible to completely eliminate all outside noise. In the car: get wires with a gauge that is safe for the watts you plan to pump through them and if you demand flexibility for easier installation, then shop around and find that balance. I know there are people that obsess about having flawless audio transmission, but it's difficult to justify this, except in a competition-level sound system, and unless you are competing, you are wasting money to build such a system.

    Jim, I'm sure your wires are fantastic, but (and this is my opinion, I can't speak for a community) I don't think you will do well selling them, in this community, for our purposes. Any real effort put into high quality speaker wires belongs in a delicately set up home audio system.

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