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#1 Big HDD

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Posted 10 November 2003 - 01:08 AM

ight, i need help deciding on which hi-def av pack ima get, cuz there are four major types....
1:Intec pack....looks exactly like the M$ pack-$20
2:M$ pack-$20
3:Madcatz Ultra AV kit......composite, s-vid, and RGB, and digital out and stereo out, bnd all cables included-$30
4:Monster Gamelink 400X-$45 in town....not getting it off the 'net.
I also wanna know which one has best w/e, and which is the best deal.
I also need info on a component switch....heard of a JVC-$100 and a madcatz-$30.
thanks

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Posted 10 November 2003 - 02:38 AM

no one?
at least say if u have a certain type and if u like it, etc.....

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Posted 10 November 2003 - 05:35 AM

The MS one is a GREAT deal because of the included component cables. If you goto buy some cables seperately, they are atleast 30 dollars for CHEAP ones.

I really like my MS pack because of the optical out and the included cables.

If you have some phyco 1080i HDTV setup, then I would go with the monster since you would be recieving a crazy signal.

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Posted 10 November 2003 - 07:12 AM

Get the MS set, you cant get any better than the original stuff.

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Posted 10 November 2003 - 04:15 PM

$20 is cheaper than any set of component video cables I've ever seen. For $20 from MS, you get the cables and the A/V adapter; plus, you can't go wrong with the people who make the system.

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 01:18 AM

I actually say Monster Cable. M$ doesn't make a/v cables, they make computers and xboxes. Go with the guys that have been making cables for years..

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 03:35 AM

i appreciate everyone's opinions, but is there a true winner....by stats, and that one is better than the others?
I have a 36 Sony FD Trinitron TV(not a true HDTV, but has component-in)

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 12:31 AM

Get the M$ pack. The monster cables are technically better but you won't notice the difference on your tv.

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 03:51 AM

i had purchased the M$ s-vid pack and it wasnt as good as the later-bought monster s-video cables of mine, so are you sure that the monster's wouldnt be better???
u know what, im not gonna buy the monsters anyways, cuz i aint payin anothwer 30 for freakin 5.1 surround!!!!!!
ill trade my s-vid's for the component pack straight-up in town, would that be a good deal, cuz i bought the monster 300x's for 22 on ebay shipped, so after tax, ertc. its about the same!
now for a component switch......

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 07:17 AM

My recommendation is do NOT get the Mad Catz one. It looks like a good deal since you get component, composite and optical cables with it. Here in Canada, it's actually cheaper than the MS one ($35 vs $40 CDN).

BUT - the image quality over component on the Mad Catz box absolutely BITES. There are very strong ghost lines about an inch to the right of the main image, making everything look like crap. This is not just from me, other people have reported similar problems.

I ended up returning the Mad Catz and getting the MS one (the only other one I saw here). The MS one works flawlessly and has good image quality so I'm happy with it.


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Posted 12 November 2003 - 09:52 AM

get whichever one's the cheapest

the m$ ones are as good as it gets though

otherwise wire your own up!

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 11:48 AM

QUOTE (smeghead @ Nov 12 2003, 04:17 AM)
My recommendation is do NOT get the Mad Catz one. It looks like a good deal since you get component, composite and optical cables with it. Here in Canada, it's actually cheaper than the MS one ($35 vs $40 CDN).

BUT - the image quality over component on the Mad Catz box absolutely BITES. There are very strong ghost lines about an inch to the right of the main image, making everything look like crap. This is not just from me, other people have reported similar problems.

I ended up returning the Mad Catz and getting the MS one (the only other one I saw here). The MS one works flawlessly and has good image quality so I'm happy with it.

I agree entirely with smeghead. I purchased the MadCatz HDTV pack because it was $5 less than the M$ one, however it turned out to be a piece of shit. I have a rear projection HDTV, and games didn't look any better with the MadCatz than they did with the OEM standard RCA adapter. And then I tried Soul Calibur II at 720p and what a mess! RGB was out of sync and it looked like I was looking at a 3D picture without the 3D glasses! I returned the MadCatz POS product for the M$ one and was very impressed! What a difference $5 (Canadian!) can make!!!

Haven't tried Monster so can't comment on that, however I do know that Monster Cables are very good but generally overpriced. If UltraLink or Acoustic Research made XBox cables, I'd definitely buy those; cheaper than Monster Cables and just as good, if not better.


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Posted 12 November 2003 - 02:32 PM

I've spoken and heard from a lot of sources on this one:

MS HD Pack: Decent - significant improvment if you upgrade the cables it comes with (that right there should tell you their cables are not top of the line - obviously the connector box is not the weak link in the original package but how much it holds you back with better cables I don't know). The optical out is standard so a basic cable is all you need for 5.1

Monster Pack: Noticably higher quality build all around and tighter fittings. Those who have tried both this and the M$ pack generally believe this allows for a cleaner signal and have returned the M$ opting to keep the Monster (haven't seen a comparison between the Monster and an M$ with upgraded cables though). Proprietary optical cable will cost you for 5.1 sound. No ability to replace cables with your own.

Keep in mind that people with 32" Sony XBRs couldn't tell any difference between these packs or upgrading the M$ cables. The majority of people able to notice distinct differences between these 2 packs are using 50"-100" screens. That being said, those owning large high quality setups definitely reported a difference in upgrading the M$ cables. If you don't have a large screen - go with M$ as it's cheaper. If you do, maybe you buy both and a set of better cables for the M$ - try it all out and see what you feel like keeping.

Personally, I wasn't going to pay to upgrade the M$ cables making it a wash in price against the Monster. I sat both of them down side by side and it was instantly apparent which had the heavier and more solid build quality. I opted for the Monster ($35 at Gamestop) without auditioning the M$ cables.

Note: I am not endorsing Monster products and I do not believe they make top of the line products accross the board. However, in this case where you are limited to two quality offerings M$ and Monster, I believe the Monster pack to be supperior - at least out of the box.

Edited by ChrisF, 12 November 2003 - 02:36 PM.


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Posted 13 November 2003 - 01:15 AM

I'm telling ya you will be more than pleased with the M$ pack. As mentioned before by myself and others you won't be able to tell the difference on your 32" non HDTV. Most people who can tell the difference between cables are people with 50" or larger HDTVs where signal is of utmost importance. Even if you could tell the difference between the monster and M$ cables it would not be enough to warrent the price difference. Any differences in quality will not be detectable by the human eye at normal veiwing distances. Also steer clear from the madcatz cables I have heard nothing but bad things about them. They aren't just cheap cables they are defective.

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Posted 13 November 2003 - 02:17 AM

I have both the Monster and the M$ pack (because I like to waste money that way.. laugh.gif ), and my suggestion is to get the M$ one. Buying the Monster Cable + The Lightlink (for 5.1) runs almost 70 bucks, compared to 20 for the M$ one, and the difference is not too noticeable. smile.gif




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