Monoprice is just a reseller of cables. They don't actually mfr the cables so quality will vary from cable to cable unless you purchase from a known mfr like BJC, MediaBridge, etc. 25' is usually the maximum length for a Premium High Speed HDMI cable (certified with the QR label for authenticity) but there are a few that push it to 30'. The cable thickness is due to the fact that the passive cable wire gauge needs to be a bit thicker the longer the cable is to pass the certification process. As you have seen, the downside of a certified passive cable is loss of bend radius (flexibility) which can put undue strain on the HDMI ports. That being said, if you were careful, and I'm sure you were, when moving the soundbar, then the cable should not have popped out of the port. Certified cables should fit nice and snug in the port unless there is an issue with the port itself. As a side note, if you connect/disconnect an HDMI cable make sure the connected devices are powered off because it's possible to damage an HDMI port.I recently got a 30-foot HDMI cable from Monoprice, Certified Premium. It’s going out from my soundbar to projector. There’s actually only 12-14 feet needed, but the cables from MP are wound and coiled so tightly, that my original 15-footer would pull at my equipment and hardly reach it, very taut. Got a 30-foot cable because I might also use the projector in my much larger bedroom at some point. Also just got a switcher for the soundbar, so I can use multiple sources.
When I simply lifted the soundbar up to connect the switcher, the new 30-foot HDMI cable popped out. I didn’t even notice at first. Then, later, after re-connecting it…I was getting sound but no picture on my projector. It was flashing “no signal”. Although the cable was already connected, I then merely pushed it towards the input again and voila…the picture came back. But there really wasn’t much give to the cable. Wasn’t like it was sticking out or anything…I just had to push it “harder” towards the input for it to work, though it was already connected. There is plenty of cable between the projector and soundbar, so nothing is “pulling” on the cable.
All this concerns me. I have read that thicker HDMI cables are more prone to disconnect but I didn’t expect such sensitivity with this connection. Monoprice Certified Premium cables have always been great for me, so I hesitate to blame the cable. Could the HDMI Out port on the new soundbar already be loose? It doesn’t have any screws to tighten alongside the port, unfortunately. The previous 15-foot MP cable never popped out, though it was more of a taut connection. It was connected to a different soundbar too.
Are 30-foot HDMI cables really thicker than 15-foot ones? Enough to make a difference in being connected solidly?
This is my 2nd JBL Deep Bass Soundbar and this one is also acting a bit odd with Dolby Digital. I force DD from the PS4 but when the movie is paused or rewound, the soundbar displays PCM. First JBL soundbar didn’t do that. Very odd. Also an HDMI issue??