- Location: online only
- Website: monoprice.com
- Founded: 2002
- Headquarters: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Months ago while researching for the purchase of my first HD monitor, I was horrified to learn about the travesty that is known as retail HDMI cable pricing. Traditional retailers were charging outrageous prices, ranging anywhere from $20-$100, all playing upon consumer ignorance. Digital signal cables either work flawless or don't work, with the only real variables being length and cable gauge. But there were plenty of instances of "creative marketing" trying to justify prices that had little to do with actual performance.
Although my Oppo DVD player came with its own DVI-to-HDMI cable, I still needed an additional 6ft. HDMI cable to hook up the Dish Network HD receiver to the HD monitor. But upon reading numerous recommendations on home theater discussion boards, I directed myself to MonoPrice.com, where sanity and fair prices ruled. The no nonsense site has the whole spectrum of HDMI cables, USB/Firewire cables, switchers, adaptors and network accessories that reminds us of Fry's...but without the crappy service and marked up prices. My $7.50 shipped priced HDMI cable came just a few days after ordering it, has worked like a charm, and now I have to keep myself from chuckling every time I pass one of those packages of Monster Cables at Best Buy. P.T. Barnum would have undoubtedly sold electronics if he was alive today....