Locking HDMI cables

The HDMI cables are widely used and are the cables of choice when it comes to connecting equipment for almost any home theater. The HDMI interface support all TV and PC video formats and most audio formats and codecs, ensuring perfect video and audio quality. The few issues, which arise when using the HDMI cables are mainly due to using non-HDMI enabled equipment or using HDMI cables, which are too long.

If you have just purchased a new Blu-ray player and you want to connect it to your plasma TV, then all you have to do is run a cable from the player to the TV, turn both on, and you are done. However, there are times when the cables are simple falling out of the sockets, where they are plugged in and this is actually more common when using the higher grade and thicker HDMI cables. The problem has been spotted by the manufacturers too and they have come up with various solutions and started offering cables, which have locks that keep them to the sockets.

Blue Echo came up with hd EZ Lock for their HDMI cables, which is the only universal locking mechanism and which works by attaching to a chassis. Once attached, the cable will not be accidentally unplugged or become loose, and the lock is designed in such a way that the cable or the input are unlikely to be damaged. Another solution available on the market is the Connector Lock from Lindy, which has been designed to work with their own HDMI cables. This connector is quite ingenious, it encloses the end of the HDMI connector, and has a built-in screw, which allows the cable to be attached to most of the HDMI plates. The Ottovonmo’s locking HDMI cables are another set, which are perfect for consumers, who want their cables to stay firmly plugged in. The cables have a locking mechanism, which has to be disengaged before the cable can be unplugged. PolarCreative sell their own locking cables, which are well within the HDMI specification and use sliding sleeve to lock the pins into the input. Another manufacturer, which sells their own locking HDMI cables, is Accell AVGrip, which also use a sleeve and in order to remove the cable, all the user has to do is pull back on the sleeve and unplug the cable.

It should be noted that most locking cables are far more expensive than the regular HDMI cables, and for many setups, you would not need them. However, if you find yourself having to repeatedly plugging in the HDMI cables in your home setup, then they are good investment.

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