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Thursday December 22, 2005 8:57 pm
Monster GameLink 360 Component Video & Fiber Optic Audio A/V Kit
We have complained about the
Xbox 360’s loose fiber optic connectionin the past, noting that it is such a poor oversight on Microsoft’s part. Since we didn’t want to use crazy glue or a twisty tie, we went for the next best thing - replacing the Microsoft cable all together in the hopes of finding something better. We got the Monster GameLink 360 Component Video & Fiber Optic Audio A/V Kit. Putting aside it’s insanely long product name, we unpackage the new wires and set everything up - check out the images after the jump.
The Monster 360 Kit includes two cables and one dongle. The component cable is similar to that of the Xbox 360’s component cable, the difference being that the Monster cable is a bit thicker, and more sturdy.
The two cables have a nice amount of shielding, which you can even see on the outside. In fact, if you want to get specific about the composition of these cables, here goes:
The component video cable features a nitrogen gas-injected dielectric insulator to maximize video signal strength, as well as heavy duty double shielding for rejection of radio frequency interference. The cable is rounded out by silver content solder connections which help transfer of low-level signals, and 24 karat gold contact connectors. Moving to the fiber optic cable, it is covered in a HexMesh protective jacket to provide durability, and dual strain relief that prevents damage from repeated setup and tear down of the Xbox 360. Both cables feel sturdy.
Now, the whole reason for the change in cable is the sound port. The port on the stock Xbox 360 component cable is loose. On the Monster component cable, there is an audio port into which you plug in the optical cable dongle.
After plugging in the dongle, you now have your optical digital audio output. You simple plug in the included fiber optic cable, and then put the component cable into the 360, and everything is ready to be connected to your surround sound receiver.
So, the main question is, did this fix the audio looseness problem? Believe it or not, while the fit is definitely a lot more snug than the stock 360 connection, the Monster cable audio connection to the dongle using the Monster audio cable - both of which they manufactured - still isn’t as tight as all our other optical connections! That being said, the sound is better, and the picture quality is looking a lot better as well. Nice job Monster. You can pick up these cables for around $70 USD.
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