Monster HDMI Cable PROBLEM!!
So I have this new setup with a 75 inch samsung TV and a Marantz SR7007 receiver. Currently I have a PS4 and digital cable box hooked up to it. So originally I had a Rocketfish cable acting as the main Monitor out cable from the receiver to the TV. The cable worked fine and it connected nicely on both ends. I was at Best Buy and wanted to invest in a little better cable to replace the Rocketfish so I bought an 80 dollar Monster UltraHD 9 foot cable. Brought it home, went to connect it and noticed that it had a very hard time going into both the port on the receiver as well as the port on the TV. The Rocketfish cable made a nice "click" when plugging it in both ends and the video/audio never had a single issue. I go to plug this new one in and you could actually hear the pins moving around. The fit was so tight that I had to use force to plug it in both ends. The connectors on both ends of this cable are obviously too big. So, with the worry of ruining one of my ports, I brought it back and replaced it with another one of the same cables cause I assumed maybe it was a bad cable for whatever reason. Brought it home and the same thing happened. I finally got it plugged in to the point where my PS4 came up on the TV screen, but when I switched the source over to the cable box it just showed the Marantz symbol on the TV screen. So the connection was just good enough to display the receiver GUI, the PS4 but NOT the cable box? So I wiggled the cable connected on the receiver end and the cable box started flickering off and on with white speckles on the screen.
Needless to say I will be returning this cable and probably just go back to my Rocketfish cable since it was working well in the first place. I guess spending more on something isn't always worth it.
I just thought I would speak my mind with this situation in case anyone else may run into this issue. Be careful when purchasing certain Monster HDMI cables because the connectors are too big for some components. If you need to use that much force to plug an HDMI cable into something (and you hear some weird "pins moving" sounds) then stop what you are doing and get another brand of cable and don't ruin your equipment!!