Originally Posted by ninjames
Target and Wal-Mart charge like $20 for what you can get at Monoprice for $3. And people suggest Monoprice because it's tried and true. Why recommend something else when it works? People are looking for budget cables that work well and that's what's recommended. The PYST cost 1/5 of what a Magni itself costs, which in the scheme of budgeting, is significant. I personally use a Blue Jeans RCA cable but some people don't want to spend that and some people can't make them themselves. If they have a problem with a cable they can return it and get a different one.
Oh sorry, yes you are right that Wal-Mart and others charge $20 for a USB cable, which is pretty high. No way i'm paying $20 for a low quality USB cable. They also seem to sell zero powered USB hubs within 50 miles of me unless you want to pay $40+.
I hope you really weren't talking about regular interconnect cables (which is what I meant) because you can get them for $5 at both Wal-Mart, Target and whoever else. RCA brand stuff is actually good and I know it's not actually made by RCA, but whatever. Some of the Belkin stuff is OK but does cost more. Not sure why.
I'd rather pay $5 for a cable in a local store then have to wait and have it shipped to me. Shipping at Monoprice is dirt cheap though. If they didn't offer 1st class mail then it wouldn't be as good of a deal.
I do tend to pay a little more. For example any random Belden, Canare, Mogami or whatever else is going to be better than Monoprice. Not just sound (I won't go there). I just think that Monoprice audio cables aren't really any better than the store bought stuff despite them looking like they're more durable and having a higher gauge of wire (which it doesn't).
I think I'm going to buy one of those Audioquest or Pangea $30 USB cables just because they look cool The only time I hear a difference with USB cables is when one is defective.