Audio experts could not tell the difference between $100 Monster speaker cables and cables made from soldering together old coat hangers

Audiophile Deathmatch: Monster Cables vs. a Coat Hanger

Whether or not Monster Cables are worth it is a war that has raged since home theater immemorial. A poster at Audioholics was put in a room with five fellow audiophiles, and a Martin Logan SL-3 speaker set at 75Db at 1000KHz playing a mix of “smooth, trio, easy listening jazz” that no one had heard before. In one corner, Monster 1000 speaker cables. In the other, four coat hangers twisted and soldered into a speaker cable.

Seven songs were played while the group was blindfolded and the cables swapped back and forth. Not only “after 5 tests, none could determine which was the Monster 1000 cable or the coat hanger wire,” but no one knew a coat hanger was used in the first place.

Further, when music was played through the coat hanger w… Continue Reading (1 minute read)

5 thoughts on “Audio experts could not tell the difference between $100 Monster speaker cables and cables made from soldering together old coat hangers”

  1. prguitarman

    I remember Best Buy used to have a wall of those cables, all priced differently and claiming to do different things. I remember them being up to $150 for one

  2. HeippodeiPeippo

    Even better than that: [https://www.avsforum.com/threads/monster-xp-versus-aluminum-foil-a-speaker-cable-test.2166017/](https://www.avsforum.com/threads/monster-xp-versus-aluminum-foil-a-speaker-cable-test.2166017/)

    There really is no secret in cables. If there was, every single audio engineer would know about it, special cables would be used in professional audio and they would’ve been in consumer audio for decades. We are not idiots, it it made a difference, we would use them already.

  3. HiImTheNewGuyGuy

    Fancy cables are audio jewelry.

    The better amps are, the more they sound alike.

    Sources today are almost indistinguishable without test equipment.

    Transducers are where you want to spend: microphones and speakers are where audio quality is determined.

  4. innerearinfarction

    Audiophile coat hangers? Shut up and take my money

  5. SpectreOperator

    My new gold plated optical cables really brings a whole new tone of warmth when I play my MP3 collection… /s

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