Monster Cable 850 Interconnects Speaker Cables

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bill a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This cable is very well made, and quite good looking -- a standout in both these regards at this price range. It is fat, yet fairly flexible. I used a 2M length from my Preamp to my Amp and a 1M length from my SACD player to my Preamp. Soundwise, the M850 isn't as good as it looks. The bass is big, but not as punchy as I'd like -- it seems to emphasize the really low bass at the expense of sume speed and punch. The lower mids seem quite full, the upper mids just slightly thin. Male vocals sound a bit throaty, and female vocals with higher voices sound a bit withdrawn. The treble is very very smooth, but lacks a little sparkle and "air." I seem to hear everything, but the sound just isn't as open as on the replacement cable I A/B'd with, the WireWorld Equinox III+. On the good side, these cables run right by my Monster HTS2000 and various other cords and cables without picking up any extraneous hum or noise. They have a very "warm" signature, while I would describe the WireWorlds as having a "smooth" signature. With my Dynaudios, I like the smooth sound -- the M850s just sound a little dull. For people with cheaper speakers with metal domes (i.e. the B&W 600 crowd and similar) this would likely be a nice cable.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Allan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This review is only based on a comparison between Monster Cables in the M series. I believe that the M850 is simply the best value in the Monster M series. The high end is smoother than the M550 which is itself a good performer. And the M850 is not as "warm" as the M950 which tends to emphasize the harmonics within the midrange, in my opinion. And I feel the M850 also has a "forgiving" nature with regard to the variations in recording quality being equally adept with movies or music.

Yes, there are better cables by other manufacturers but not at this price point.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Purchased At:   $80



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adrian Gomez a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I really liked this i was really gratfuyll i spent this money on this cable it did me very good the quality on this cablewas great and worth it thanks to monster cables that my sound quality is great and worth listening to.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $123.00

Purchased At:   BESTBUY



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Leon a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Excellent performance for its price range. Bigger sound stage, more bass, more treble and yet very clean on the top. Best thing about this is the mid. Voice and string intruments come alive. More precise imaging. The overall impression is the music become much more pleasing and musical, and it seems someone might have turned up the volume (this is the effect of stronger signal and less noise which consumes energy even though you may not consciously hear it).

In general, if it is truly a better product, it should improve most, if not all, of the above mentioned aspects. Otherwise, you are seeing (or hearing) different coloring effect (for example, brighter but less bass) instead of true improvements. Don't pay more for that.

I might return the M850 and keep the Z200i, which simply does everything better than the M850, but for almost twice as much (bucks, of course). If you ask me, pick the best you can afford.

My system:
Denon DVM-1800 (5-disk DVD)
Denon CDM-350 (5-disk CD)
Denon DRA-435 (Integrated Receiver)
Denon DRW-650 (Double Casette Deck)
Polk Audio RTA-11TL (One of the older ones when Polks still makes excellent speakers, frequency response 27Hz-26KHz)
Monster Z200i and M850i (Interconnects)
Monster Z1 (Speaker Cables)

Does cable matter? Definitely, assuming you get a decent system (and that doesn't have to be super high end). Cables not only filter and color the sound, they also generate noise. The noise comes from two primary sources, electromagnetic interference and audio signal reflection within the cable. Most people can't appreciate why cables matter because it's seemingly a rather simple device. What can it do? And How can it cost that much? But this simply device has to accomplish the goals of least filtering, least coloring, rejecting electromagnetic interference as well as minimizing reflection noise etc. That is why it's not easy to make excellent cables. A good cable involves far more than just a piece of wire made of excellent material.

I might get the Monster Z2 Reference speaker cables too.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Cambridge Sound Works



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kr a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2000

Bottom Line:   
after 10 years with the same high end interconnects, i decided to try the monster cable 850i for both the cd-preamp,preamp-amp.WOW...this wasnt what i was expecting at all. the mids were now very blouted,the highs very uncomfortable to listen to. i used these for a week trying to get them to burn in but i had no luck,so i returned them.im not saying that they are not a good cable;i didnt want to wait hoping that they might sound better(couldnt see it happening).you have to be very careful when inserting and removing those "turbine connectors" because you can pull the rca jacks right out of your equipment...i almost did.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $146.00




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