Needed this to make it easier to trade out HDMI cables on the back of my Blu-Ray. The length allows me to change the cables without pulling the player out of the cabinet. Also, the connector fits much tighter in the player's socket than the cable's did, so it actually solved the problem without getting a new cable. If you need a more flexible way to connect your HDMI, this is it! I could see this making it much easier to connect to the back of a wall-mounted TV, since the cable will be hanging down and not forcing you to remove the wall mount to add or change cables. If you have multiple HDMI sockets on your TV, get enough of these to fill all of them (even the ones you are not using) so when you do have to change or add, you won't need to take the TV down to do so. You also won't have to wrestle with cables while hanging the TV back up, since you will be able to reach the HDMI inputs AFTER the TV is mounted!
Works as it should. I have 22 AWG HDMI cables that aren't very flexible and this takes pressure off the connections in the PS3 and DirecTV box. I've got port savers on all my electronics and there is no picture degradation (cables used to go straight to components before I knew about these so I can compare).
I used this behind a mounted tv to transition the in-wall HDMI cable to the TV. I've never liked the HDMI connection. This product was perfect for my slim mounted TV installation. I saw a similar item on another website for $80!! Are they crazy?! Monoprice comes to the rescue again with another affordable, quality product. Highly recommend.
If you don't want to take a chance with expensive audio or HDTV equipment, then grab a HDMI port saver. This little gem will give you genuine stress relief from any thick or heavy duty hdmi cable that you are using on the back of your equipment. Just plug into the existing port your using and put the cable into the female end and voila! No degradation of signal quality that i can see. Well insulated and very well made. Do yourself a favor and spend a little to save that high ticket item!
PROS: - Well built - insulated - gold plated connectors for exceptional contact - stress relief for heavy insulated cables you may be using - both connection are a perfect fit, your cable won't "fall out of the socket" - small size, not any bigger or bulkier than it needs to be
CONS: none, except I should have bought a spare or 2.
I bought some of these mainly because I had a big order and just threw 'em in for grins. But I just recently installed a in-wall outlet above the fireplace and ran my HDMI cables through as well. Those thick Monoprice HDMI cables don't flex too much, but these port savers provided that. Plus it is a real pain accessing ports on my LED TV on the wall which is eliminated with these.
I tried it with a 3D Blu-ray and didn't see any degradation. Certainly passed the signal through fine.
PROS: Flexible. Works for 1080p and 3D signal CHEAP
Great quality, but too stiff for the thin LCD's with HDMI ports on the sides
So I got these because the new Samsung LCD I got has the HDMI ports on its left side. That being the case, the HDMI cables stick out from the side and make it really ugly. So I got these "port saver" with the idea that they'd be short and flexible enough so that I could avoid seeing cables coming out the side of the TV. While the cables are the great Monoprice quality everyone knows and loves, they are too thick and too rigid to bend enough to not show off the side of the TV. So unfortunately they didn't work for me and I had to go with some cheapo generic HDMI cables that were thin and flexible enough for me to hide behind the TV. Again, it's not Monoprice's fault at all here, since they don't skimp on the quality. But be aware that some new TV's, like some in the Samsung lineup, have lateral HDMI ports and can make it difficult for you to have a clean looking setup.
The cables worked beautifully for about a week then when I would power the TV on to watch HD cable and I couldnt help but notice a very large blue message appear on the screen telling me theres an HDCP error from the cable box to the TV. The message would sometimes go away on its own, but it always appeared when I would power the TV on. Then this morning the TV could not detect any single from the cable box, so I freaked out and I simply decided to remove all 6 port savers that I plugged in. The TV has been working perfectly ever since...
This is how I had the port savers setup for anyone who is interested - one port saver for video coming out of the cable box then another port saver going into the receiver. - one port saver for video coming out of the PS3 then another port saver going into the receiver. - one port saver for coming out of the receiver then another port saver going into the TV.
I have a Samsung LN52A650 TV, Motorola QIP6416-2 cable box from Verizon and my receiver is the Pioneer VSX-80TXV. Im also using the same HDMI cables I bought from MonoPrice, which is HDMI 1.3a Category 2 Certified CL2 Rated (In-Wall Installation) Cable (24AWG) w/ Net Jacket - 15ft (Gold Plated Connectors).
I bought the port savers specially for what they were intended for, but since I cant use them with my TV then I will have to live without them until MonoPrice can correct/fix this issue if they choose to do so.