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    Went into Maplins last night...

    ...to buy an optical cable

    [staring at uber-expensive cables]

    Me - "Do you have any sensible priced optical leads?"

    [rep points to shelf behind me that I spent 10mins looking at without seeing]

    Me - "Thank god for that, the prices of those other cables where scaring me!"

    Rep - "They are shielded so they don't get interference"


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    hehehe brilliant


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    I ordered a SD card on line with PC world. I walked into the store to collect it. Then walked over to the SD cards to almost faint at the prices they offered. I only ordered it the night before so they are in the store somewhere, most possibly not on display.

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    Here in Brum, I buy CD envelopes from Rymans for £4 for 50. Last weekend I popped in to get some and they had sold out, so I though I'd try WH Smiths. £10 for 50. I didn't bother.

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    hmm I think the point of the post, was more that they had shielded optical cables (completely unnecessary)

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    Needed to buy a fuse the other day so went to halfords - £5 for 2!! Ebay - £1.35 for 10

    No wonder the high street is dying!

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    The whole business of consumer grade products revolves around preying on those who don't know any better so they buy kit with useless or unnecessary features. Eventually it becomes normal to pay an absurd amount for a headset or cable.

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    Heh, like when they try to sell you 'high-end' HDMI cables

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post

    Rep - "They are shielded so they don't get interference"

    To stop you from cutting them with scissors or other sharp object(s) ? lol

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    Perhaps the ends were gold plated for extra audio fidelity !!

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    A huge chunk of the world of hi-fi exists just to falsify the "you get what you pay for" meme. I had a guy in Richer Sounds try to persuade me that even his mum could tell the difference between his £120 HDMI cable and a £5 one. Presumably the bits were a just a bit more 1 & 0 as they emerged...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Heh, like when they try to sell you 'high-end' HDMI cables
    you mean like monster hdmi cable just found a 4m one for £130 its a digital cable it will wither work or not

    as to pc worlds pricing never buy anything straight in store order if online (even if you do it on your phone while there) then go and pick it up its much cheaper

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    Twonk in Richer Sounds tried to tell me the sound on a CD player would be better because it had fewer front panel controls. No, I didn't bite my tongue!

    For REAL snake-oil, try Russ Andrews £80 for an IEC lead? That'll do nicely!

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    I want to know what you said to him when he came out with that dribble?

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    I want to know what you said to him when he came out with that dribble?

    Ben
    I mumble something like "I don't mine, it's only light". I'm sure I used a disaproving enough tone that said to him - 'go away and think about what you just told me!'

    Still I'll keep my curtains closed for optimal audio fedility


    Edit: This of course is just an uneducated hang over from the old analogue days when gold plating and cable shielding actually did make a difference. I can see them getting away with it on HDMI leads (sounds plausable to the lay person) but optical!?! really!?!
    Last edited by tmcd35; 4th July 2013 at 09:38 AM.

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