Originally Posted by totesmuhgoats
I don't have gear that can compare to anything like what you have, but if you have concerns like that, maybe you could put some intermediary device to protect your gear? Like, if you are running the HDMI in wall, use a keystone jack, and then you can use a more lax HDMI cable from the wall to the device. Or, if it is just a long cable run, maybe plug the HDMI cable into a powered switch, and then run a lax cable from the switch to your very expensive components?
I second that! Not only from the functional aspect, but from visual aspect, as well. I do not want a hole in the wall with the wire sticking out of it. Especially if I am feeding it into a $2000 AVR.
I'm feeding mine into a $150 AVR and put wall plates with jacks for HDMI, optical and speakers, so that all the long wire runs are in the walls, and only use short patch cables to make connections. It is neater and does not put stress on the connectors.
Edit: Why replace the $2000 AVR and not fix it? Even if it is a couple hundred dollars, it is still cheaper than replacing.
Also, there are connectors with the correct angles for almost any application. Our TV is mounted so close the wall that straight HDMI cable can not be used, so we use 90° connectors.
Sounds like user error is the true culprit in the OP.