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What is microfiber?

Microfiber is a tightly wound dielectric insulator wrapped around each different group of windings on each conductor. This helps maintain control over the effects of Monster's Bandwidth Balancing design.

What is Time Correct technology?

Monster's way of compensating for something called "Velocity Propagation" or better known as the skin effect. An analog audio signal passing through a copper cable succumbs to this law of physics in which bass frequencies tend to gravitate towards the center of the cable; higher frequencies are forced to the outer portion of the cable. The higher mass bass frequencies create a magnetic field in the center of the cable while traveling through the conductor, which impedes those lower frequencies. This impedance forces those lower frequencies to arrive at their destiny (the speaker or amp) delayed, which causes a mild distortion in the waveform. Monster utilizes multiple gauge windings to help compensate for this distortion. Large, solid-core copper strands in the center for bass frequencies (containing higher mass) and smaller gauges wrapped around the solid core conductor to delay the mid's and high's ensuring that the entire bandwidth of frequencies arrive in uniform.

What is magnetic flux tube?

This is a specially-designed dielectric tube that runs down the middle of a group of different gauge windings. This helps break up the magnetic field generated from the current flowing through the cable's conductors. We wrap the larger solid-core conductors (the culprit of this magnetic field) around this dialectric for maximum affect.

How long can I run my speaker cables?

We recommend that if you run cable lengths in excess of fifty feet, you should use at least 14 gauge, 12 gauge is optimal.

What is the warranty on my cables?

Lifetime Warranty

Do I need a special type of cable to install behind walls/construction?

Yes, you want to use a UL(Underwriters Laboratory) approved cable. Monster Cable manufactures a full line of UL approved cables you can examine under the "Custom Install" category of the FAQ section.

What are Monster Locks?

Monster Locks are an original design concept created by Monster Cable for complete termination flexibility of your speaker cables. Special gold-plated high-performance termination blocks located at the end of each pair of conductors that are threaded. Next, purchase the correct Monster Lock connectors required by your amp and speaker configuration and simply screw them on. If ever the need to change that configuration occurs, you only need to change the connectors without soldering.

What is PEX dielectric?

PEX is a special dielectric or insulation that insulates each conductor from each other to help eliminate noise.

What are "turbine" connectors?

Monster's unique turbine design allows for maximum contact pressure, contact points and contact mass, all of which are highly important for signal transfer. This design also adds strength and durability. It is often helpful to turn the connector clockwise, to the right, when plugging in or removing the cable.

Does Monster use oxygen-free copper?

Yes. Monster Cable uses extremely high grade, oxygen-free copper to prevent corrosion and maximize conductivity

What is Multi-Twist construction?

Multi-Twist construction is a design where the positive and negative conductors within a cable are tightly twisted together causing any external noise or interference to cancel itself out. This design was originally used by Bell Labs during its infancy to run long lengths of cable throughout the country to cancel out noise.

Why use braided copper and foil shielding?

Braided copper has been proven to the most effective way to repel RFI(radio frequency interference). Foil shielding is the most effective way to shield against EMI(electro- magnetic interference).

Why use gold plated connectors?

We use gold because it doesn't corrode and looks excellent.

What should be the longest length to run my interconnect cables?

We don't advise running your cables any more than thirty feet to prevent significant signal loss. If you are using balanced (XLR or TRS type) it is possible to run cables much longer.

Will I notice a difference if I hook up my cables in the wrong direction?

You probably will not, but if you think that you are experiencing noise problems, check that they are. Cables are directional for shielding purposes only. Should you not see these arrows, remember that the signal flow should go in the same direction of the print on the cable jacket, reading left to right away from the source (source to destination)

What is the "source" in terms of connecting my cables?

The source would be the origin of the signal or sound. This would be a CD player, phono player, VCR or whatever is generating the music or video and the arrows should point away from these "sources".

How long can I run an S-video cable?

We have run over 200 feet of S-video cable with almost no signal loss.

What is nitrogen-injected dielectric?

This is a dielectric molding that surrounds the conductor inside the jacket to maintain a 75 ohm resistance load within the cable. to keep a perfect 75 ohm load, there must be equal distance between the conductor and outer shield. to do this, we inject thousands of tiny nitrogen bubbles inside the dielectric that provides a walll between the conductor and shield. Maintaining this resistance is paramount for receiving a clear and precise picture.

Why do you use silver plating on the conductors?

We use silver plating because is the best conductor for electricity. Newer high-resolution TV's as well as DVD's and other digital sources of video information have an ultra wide bandwidth. To ensure the complete transfer of this ultra-wide bandwidth we chose silver.

What type of video cable is better?

From lowest to highest picture quality: composite (RCA or F-pin), S-video, component, and finally RGB.

What is the warranty on my cables?

Lifetime Warranty

Why use braided copper and foil shielding?

Braided copper has been proven to the most effective way to repel RFI(radio frequency interference). Foil shielding is the most effective way to shield against EMI(electro- magnetic interference).

Why do the cables have directional arrows?

This is done for shielding purposes only, a design where we do not solder the shield on the signal's destination. This ensures that any noise picked up by the shield will not be transmitted into your signal path.

Do I need a special type of cable to install behind walls/construction?

Yes, you want to use a UL(Underwriters Laboratory) approved cable. Monster Cable manufactures a full line of UL approved cables you can examine under the "Custom Install" category of the FAQ section.

How long can I run my video cable?

We recommend that should you run more than fifty feet of cable, insert a line booster.

Do your RF splitters have impedance matching capability?

Yes! This will maintain the picture integrity of your video signal.

What is the signal loss of your splitters?

Each split adds only two to three decibels of loss!

Do I need a special "RCA" type of connector for video cables?

Though signal will be transferred, for optimal results you should use a video connector to maintain a precise 75 ohm load.

Will the in-line amp work on my normal cable TV?

Yes! The ultra broad bandwidth line amps will work on almost any video source.

What is the largest speaker wire you carry that will work with the the Monster adapters for a Home Theater in a Box" (i.e. Sony "Dream" System) system?

16 gauge would be the largest cable recommended with the Monster Home Theater Speaker Connection Kit. Examples are XP and XP-CI for in wall aplication.