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Not very durable, too stiff,
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This review is from: BlueRigger High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet, Supports 3D and Audio Return (3 Feet) (Electronics)
The price was right for this well-reviewed cable but I have not been impressed with its performance. The cable itself is very stiff. It gives an impression of toughness, but all it means is the cable is hard to route if your path has anything other than gentle curves.
Where the cable fails, though, is the connectors. The ends of the cable appear very sturdy but if the cable gets twisted while it's plugged in there's a good chance the cable will be ruined. By "twist" I don't mean rotate but rather yaw (to use a flying term). If you're looking at the connector from above imagine if someone pulled the cable to the left or right. That's what I mean by "twist" and "yaw".
I bought 4 of these cables and have already thrown away two. I've never had a single HDMI cable fail before now. I don't think I'm rough on cables, but I did have a hard time routing this cable in, up, and out of the hidden cable track on these shelves. The stiff jacket makes it easy to accidentally put pressure on the connector, however, I know I didn't use excessive force. The failed cables were a complete surprise to me.
I would not buy these cables again.
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2011 10:18:31 AM PST
J. Pisk says:
When I run my cables I never have them connected to the equipment. Firstly I measeure the required lenght and then twist and turn until I get them in the right position. After all is said and done then is the time to plug them into the equipment. Have never had any problem with these cables and they work great for me..
Posted on Dec 9, 2012 1:44:09 PM PST
Unfortunately the problems this buyer encountered are common but it really isn't a problem with the BlueRigger cables, it is more how people are improperly installing HDMI cables. Many plastic wire running enclosures, stands, and even some premium heavy TV wall mounts have wire channels that are simple inadequate to route HDMI cables through due to poor design. Unlike old style AV cables, HDMI cables should never be bent at a hard 90 degrees or installed or placed on a moving wall mount in a manner that allows them to twist more than 180 degrees, this also means you need additional clearance behind devices as well. Often times its better to leave HDMI cables out of these channel and just use black wire tires, you won't even notice them after a week.
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