Accell Cables’ Locking and Ultra-Thin Offerings Solve HDMI Pet Peeves
At CEDIA Expo Accell Cables had its locking high-speed HDMI cables and its ultra-thin high-speed HDMI cables on hand.
Accell Cables’ Michael Weizer can’t understand why more companies aren’t making locking HDMI cables.
“As far as I know, there’s only one other company doing it (Perfect Path),” he says, which gives dealers even more reason to stop by the Accell booth (#1621) during CEDIA Expo this week.
Accell is a problem solver when it comes to that often-bugaboo cable known as HDMI. This is the company’s second year showing its nifty AVGrip Pro Locking HDMI cable, which comes in lengths of 1, 2 and 3 meters.
The update of the cable for this year’s show is that Accell has added a Redmere repeater that can extend the active lengths of the high-speed (10.2Gbps) version to 5 and 7.5 meters as well. The new cables are also substantially thinner (but not in the realm of the company’s ProUltra Thin models; we’ll get to those) than other active cables.
One of the common gripes about HDMI is that it will on occasion come out of its port when firmly tugged. Accell’s patent-pending design adds a small T-bar that provides 16 pounds of retention force to the connector; plenty to keep it in place at all times—you can release the cable by pulling back on the spring-loaded connector. I tried connecting and releasing the cable and it was all pain-free; it felt entirely secure.
“You take an articulating mount on a TV, turn it, and the HDMI pops out…a homeowner is not going to think to look behind the TV, so they’re going to call you and you wind up with an unnecessary truck roll,” says Weizer.
Another big problem for HDMI these days? Thick jackets that are tough to bend in the tight space behind a flat panel that’s flush-mounted with today’s ultra-slim wall mounts. It’s a good way to bring about the aforementioned problem of keeping the HDMI in place.
So Accell is also showing its ProUltra Thin High-Speed HDMI cables, which allow for flexibility on TV installations because they can bend with ease to form that right angle often needed to connect HDMI behind a display. The thin nature of the cable, which is basically a flat cable, also makes it easy for routing it around furniture and other potential obstacles.
“Our focus is on unique solutions,” says Weizer. “We’re obviously here to promote our products, but of course we’re also here to learn from dealers and we walk away with great ideas after talking to them.”
Weizer points to one integrator whose solution pretty much solidified the idea of the locking connector. Weizer says the integrator was having so much trouble getting HDMI cables to stay connected that he used a hot-glue gun to keep them in place. “We learn a lot of stuff from dealers, but that was probably the most extreme.”
Accell’s newer, thinner active cable with the locking connector and Redmere repeater on the right, compared with another of its active cables.
Arlen Schweiger is managing editor of CE Pro, Commercial Integrator and Security Sales & Integration magazines. Arlen contributes installation features, business profiles, manufacturer news and product reviews. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Arlen at [email protected]
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