Home theater news December 22nd, 2004

December 22, 2004

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Denon price increases:
Well I hope Santa already bought, err made your new Denon DVD player before this recently announced price increase. A dealer/friend of mine received an email from his Denon distributor stating: Effective Jan 1st 2005 the DVD-2910, DVD-2910S, and DVD-955S will go from $679.00 to $739.00 (Retail) and the DVD-3910 and DVD-3910S will go from $1399.00 to $1499.00 (US Retail). Note: these prices may not be 100% accurate but the overall percentage of increase will be.

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Don’t f#!k with Monster Cable:
I’ve never thought much of Monster Cable’s wire or interconnect, and after reading some of the accounts of people who have been sued by them for trademark infringement, I have to say those feelings aren’t likely to change anytime soon. It all started this morning when I was doing a little research on Monsters new line of speakers (comparing them to what we sell, for a quote) and I ran across www.monstervintage.com an on-line vintage clothing shop. The site was apparently sued for the use of a similar logo and the word ‘monster’ in their title. How silly, but it actually gets more ludicrous.

Among some of the other notable trademark ‘infringements’ is the TV series “Monster Garage” wtf? and Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.”, lmao. I know the old ‘we have to go after all possible infringements or we’ll lose our trademark’ line comes up in some of these articles, but come on, get real. The way I understand copyright law is that there has to be some reasonable belief the two names could be confused. Has anyone actually ever watched Monsters, Inc and thought it had anything to so with a set of A/V cables?



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater News


Comments

  • Truth

    Here is a link that ALL MONSTER customers should read.

    http://www.monstergreed.com/Index%20with%20info%20about%20MC.htm

  • Truth

    Here is a link that ALL MONSTER customers should read.

    http://www.monstergreed.com/Index%20with%20info%20about%20MC.htm

  • B.Greenway

    Well after more reading I’m not 100% sure my original stance was correct. Companies need to fend off all possible branding challenges even if they do seem silly to the layperson, or the ones that are trying to rip them off can cite the lack of legal action as grounds for dismissal. I still don’t however recommend monsters cables, they just don’t warrant the additional expense. And there are other excellent cables on the market for considerably less.

  • B.Greenway

    Well after more reading I’m not 100% sure my original stance was correct. Companies need to fend off all possible branding challenges even if they do seem silly to the layperson, or the ones that are trying to rip them off can cite the lack of legal action as grounds for dismissal. I still don’t however recommend monsters cables, they just don’t warrant the additional expense. And there are other excellent cables on the market for considerably less.

  • Mark

    I’ll concede that Monster Cable does produce some ludicrously priced “high end” cables. However, I have to disagree that one should boycott Monster Cable in its entirety. Despite how you may feel about THX “standardization”, the Monster THX Standard cables are reasonably priced (for the average person at least). I don’t know how many times I’ve recommended higher end cables to neophyte home theater enthusiasts only to see their face go pale at the mere mention of the price. The fact is, many people are afraid to spend $100.00 for a meter of cable. If they can, at the very least, go down to their local Circuit City and pick up a set of halfway decent cables, it beats the hell out using the cables that come packaged with most DVD players or STBs.

  • Mark

    I’ll concede that Monster Cable does produce some ludicrously priced “high end” cables. However, I have to disagree that one should boycott Monster Cable in its entirety. Despite how you may feel about THX “standardization”, the Monster THX Standard cables are reasonably priced (for the average person at least). I don’t know how many times I’ve recommended higher end cables to neophyte home theater enthusiasts only to see their face go pale at the mere mention of the price. The fact is, many people are afraid to spend $100.00 for a meter of cable. If they can, at the very least, go down to their local Circuit City and pick up a set of halfway decent cables, it beats the hell out using the cables that come packaged with most DVD players or STBs.

  • victor petrucci

    please help us boycott monster cable products…

    please read this story about them…

    go here >> http://www.monstervintage.com

    thanks
    victor

  • victor petrucci

    please help us boycott monster cable products…

    please read this story about them…

    go here >> http://www.monstervintage.com

    thanks
    victor