Monster Cable MVR3-2M Video Cable Speaker Cables

MVR3-2M Video Cable

User Reviews (7)

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johnny26   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 20, 2003]
Strength:

Definite improvement over standard cables, which is what I paid for. Look nice

Weakness:

Crappy in build quality Overpriced

I have tried monster video 3 cable for composite video, s-video and component video. The component video was actually the "Monster video Gamelink 400 series" for both the Xbox and the Playstation 2, which are on a par with "Monster video 3" cable, and are also a good buy compared to the normal mv3 component cables, esp. here in Canada. I also used the Gamelink 300 S-video cable for the Playstation 2. I have to say, based on my experience with monster cables, that monster makes pretty good, albeit pricey video cables. Yes, video cables do make a difference, but obviously whether the difference is noticeable, I think, depends on a few factors: The resolution and quality of your tv monitor; how observant you are (how good your eyes are),how cynical you are etc. With the Ps2 and the Xbox component video cables, I noticed an immediate and definite improvement in quality over generic cables. The black level especially, was quite enhanced. The overall picture on various games seemed smoother, yet the sprites (moving objects) had much sharper outlines, as if I had turned up the sharpness on my Toshiba pureflat monitor. Colours were also a little more vivd, and the contrast was improved considerably too.I don't believe in cable "burn-in" any more, because the picture was improved the moment I had connected the cables. I had tried the Interac component video cable (manufactured by Acoustic Research) for the Ps2 and saw virtually no difference over generic component cables. For the Xbox I had previously used the little av packs manufactured by Microsoft, and first used Acoustic Research pros for the component video. There was no difference from generic cables. After the Ar pros I tried the expensive Monster video 3 component cables with the Xbox av pack, and noticed much sharper picture and enhanced black level.That was when I decided to get the Monster Gamelink 400 for the Xbox, and noticed a big improvement over the av packs, which have, by nature, a lot of signal distortion compared to the Monster cables. I now use a simple 4-way av selector for connecting my Xbox, Ps2 and my dvd player. Even though the selector is made for composite video with stereo analog, it seems to work okay for component video, despite what the guy at Radioshack told me. With Monster component video 3 conected to the output on the selector, the clarity of the monster video cable is retained almost flawlessly.My dvd has AR Pro series 2 component cables, and although they have nitrogen gas injected dielectrics (just like Monster has been using in its video 3 cables for a long time)I don't see much of a difference over standard component cables. I have also tried Monster Gamelink 300 s-video for the ps2. I noticed a definite improvement over the Interac S-video.The picture was sharper, and there was less color bleeding.The picture was so good in fact, that it looked almost as good as the picture from a generic component video cable might. I notice Monster video 3 has copper conductors, yet it still performs better than come of its silver conductored counterparts.This leads me to wonder how good the picture from my game systems would look with Monster "Z" series video cable. Don't waste time with composite video cable. You won't see much of a difference from cable to cable, (except maybe slightly better black level), because it is mainly used for vcr s which have terrible resolution compared to dvds. Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I have definitely seen an improvement after using monster video cables. I agree with a previous reviewer who says the cables are flimsy in construction. Though they perform better, they are not as sturdy in craftsmanship as Acoustic Research cables.

Similar Products Used: acoustic Research Bettercables (expensive to ship to Canada)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
glassfan   AudioPhile [Aug 25, 2002]
Strength:

None- picture no better than Radio Shack cables. I have a top of the line Pioneer Elite laserdisc player and a Sony XBR WEGA 32" TV adjusted using the Video Standard laserdisc.

Weakness:

TERRIBLE build quality- unscrew the connector cover and take a look at the crappy soldering job- looks like the cables were soldered by a 10 year old kid in some sweatshop. Soldered connections broke on TWO sets of these S_video cables. Will send them in to Monster for replacement and whenever they are returned, I will sell the replacements on eBay. Looking at replacing all the Monster Cables in my system with other brands that are better made.

JUNK- no more Monster cables for me! This review is for the Monster Video3 2m S-video cable. I treat my equipment with kid gloves, and TWO of these cables quit working, found that the soldered connections became broken due to poor soldering job and tiny wires. I've noticed Monster now encases the soldered connections in clear plastic to beef up the ends of the cables so they don't fall apart so easily, but it simply covers up the lousy soldering job.

Similar Products Used: Radio Shack S-video. Will be replacing all the Monster cables in my system soon.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
jtmx39   Casual Listener [May 21, 2002]
Strength:

Well built connector ends. The cable jacket seems to be heavy duty.

Weakness:

Paying for it. Connector wants to unscrew, be careful when unplugging.

I bought a new JVC Progressive Scan DVD player and a Panasonic HDTV flat screen TV. I also bought the Monster Video 3 Component Cable. The DVD player came with a cheap component cable that I tried first. I was impressed with the HDTV picture. I tried the Monster cable and the picture did seem clearer and the color was fuller. The cables are very well built on the connector end. One of mine wants to unscrew when you disconnect it but that is probably how it is put together. The cables do stay in place and I had difficulty getting them off.

Similar Products Used: Cheap one that came with DVD player.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
WHARF1   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 06, 2002]
Strength:

GREAT COLOR REPRODUCTION, BLACKS ARE BLACK. STURDY CONNECTORS.

Weakness:

TOOK SOME FORCE TO CONNECT THES CABLES. BE CAREFUL.

I PURCHASED THESE HIGH QUALITY CABLES TO CONNECT MY DENON 2800 DVD PLAYER TO MY DENON 4800 A/V RECIEVER. THE COLOR SATURATION IS VERY GOOD AND THE DOUBLE IMAGING I WAS GETTING FROM MY "AR" CABLES IS GONE. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THESE CABLES TO ANYONE. GOOD CABLES DO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN PERFORMANCE. DONT BE FOOLED BY THE AVERAGE CONSUMER THAT DOES NOT PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

Similar Products Used: AR CABLES
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Kyse Safe   Audiophile [Sep 17, 2001]
Strength:

Excellent picture

Weakness:

It's all they sell at the stores

try bettercables.com component video cables. If you do not like them get a refund. Then go to the store and get the Monster video 3 component cables. Both probably have their simularities and differences. It is nice to view them on your TV screen. Cables are easier to return than any other good. Credit card payment is forbidden.

Similar Products Used: bettercables.com component cable
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
ray lopez   Audiophile [Jul 22, 2001]
Strength:

excellent image reproduction, perfect color saturation

Weakness:

the stigma that goes with the monster name

this review is for the monster video 3 component video cables (its the same cable)

i was using three 1 meter straightwire silver link video cables from my dvd to tv, and on a whim i decided to try the monsters, mainly because of the imaging science foundation certification and logo on the package, normally i wouldnt believe this hype and would fully expect to return the monsters for a refund. but to my surprise these cables are the goods, the picture quality was actually superior to the straightwire cables. i used to believe all the negative crap non-monster dealers would say about these cables, but for video i will stick with monster.
its kind of funny that everyone else talks up their cables like they were the creme de la creme, yet when i posed the isf certification question to another cable maker (heres a hint: better???)and i actually got a defensive response. other cable companies will say its not "cost effective" to have their cables certified by the isf. yet they charge almost twice as much as the monster cable. as far as im concerned monster makes the best video cable and they are willing to back it up.

Similar Products Used: lots
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
T. Nguyen   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 15, 2000]
Strength:

Less video and audio noise, excellent color saturation and Reduced video and audio noise, excellent color saturation and image detail, slighltly improved audio

Weakness:

-None-

I purchased two 2-meter Monster Cable Video 3 with F-connectors to replace my existing cabling for my cable TV. I was hoping to just reduce the graininess caused by interference and/or poor transmissions. Employing these new cables in my system not only reduced the video noise, but they seemed to reduce the audio noise as well.

The best was yet to be realized, however, as there were other improvements I was not anticipating: I immediately noticed better color saturation and better image and color detail. The blacks were deeper. When I watch live broadcast news, the video looks more realistic. Some of the small text in auto vehicle commercials had less fuzziness, making them more readable.

The audio seemed to be less smeared, making voices slightly more intelligible. There is a smoother overall quality, in addition to slightly more pronounced bass. Also, the phase coherence between the left and right channels seemed to be more accurate, resulting in better performance from matrix surround decoders, e.g., Dolby Pro Logic.

The video performance of these Video 3's are identical to the composite video versions I use in my system, which consists the following:

[This is a just partial list, pertinent to this review.]

Sony 32" KV32XBR100 XBR2 TV/Monitor
Onkyo TX-SV919THX Receiver
JVC JXS700 Audio/Video Switcher
Paradigm Phantoms Speakers (These are the old bookshelf versions.)
JBL J-Center Speaker
Cambridge SoundWorks The Surround Speakers
PanaMax 1000 AC Line Conditioners

I am sure that the performance of these ISF-certified cables are attributed to their ability to maintain true 75-Ohm impedence throughout its length (or at least keep it within close tolerance of 75 Ohms). Highly recommended.

Similar Products Used: Monster Cable Video 2, Video 3 Mini, regular RG-6 cables
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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