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AudioQuest Carbon

"High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

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by Amanda P.
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HDMI = high definition

If you want to take advantage of the very latest HDMI features, and enjoy top-notch performance from all your high-def gear, you should take a close look at AudioQuest Carbon. It's an ideal match for your high-end home theater gear, providing superior signal transfer to ensure that you get every ounce of performance you paid for. And with its "High Speed with Ethernet" rating, it supports the most cutting-edge features available today, and prepares you for what's on the way.

Is your HDMI cable up to speed?

Watching 3D video at home not only requires a 3D-compatible TV and source, but also a 3D-compatible HDMI cable. The connection between a 3D Blu-ray player and a 3D TV must be able to simultaneously pass dual 1080p video signals along with multichannel lossless audio. AudioQuest Vodka is certified to handle the maximum data rate that HDMI allows — 10.2Gbps.

Silver-plated solid copper conductors for better signal transfer

AudioQuest Carbon uses solid-core, 5% silver-plated conductors — meaning that if you looked at a cross section of a conductor, the layer of silver would amount to 5% of the total diameter. Silver is the most conductive metal, so silver-plated copper conductors are ideal for very high-frequency applications, like HDMI audio and video. Because these signals travel mostly on the surface of the conductor, Carbon's high-purity silver plating provides performance that's close to that of a solid silver cable, but at a much lower price. Bottom line: you'll enjoy exceptionally clear, noise-free video and audio.

Highlights:

  • length: 1 meter (3.3 ft.)
  • "High Speed with Ethernet" cable design
  • supports HDMI version 1.4 features:
    • 3D video @ 1080p/120Hz
    • 4K support for resolutions beyond 1080p
    • bi-directional Ethernet communication with compatible components
    • audio return channel for sending Dolby® Digital sound from an HDTV back to an A/V receiver
  • silver-plated copper conductors (silver layer is 5% of total conductor)
  • solid polyethylene insulation
  • braided jacket
  • silver-plated contacts
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • 1-Meter HDMI-to-HDMI cable (with clear plastic protectors on each connector)

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Features

HDMI: The HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) standard was created to transfer uncompressed digital audio and video. An HDMI cable's many internal conductors include communication channels, which allow automatic display and source matching for resolution, format, and aspect ratio.

Construction: The Audioquest Carbon HDMI cable uses solid 5% Silver-Plated LGC (Long-Grain Copper) conductors to eliminate inter-strand distortion and reduce jitter. Its solid HD Polyethylene insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry. The Audioquest Carbon HDMI cable features gold-plated HDMI standard size (Type-A) connectors for maximum signal transfer. The cable also has a braided cable for added flexibility when routing the HDMI cable between your components.

HDMI 1.4: The Audioquest Carbon HDMI cable is version HDMI 1.4 compatible. This means the HDMI cable is High-Speed rated and supports transfer of 1080p/120Hz, 4k, and 3D video; as well as supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) and Ethernet Channel function. 

  • 1080p/120Hz: Supports high-definition 1080p video resolutions with up to 120Hz refresh rate.
  • 3D: Defines input/output protocols for major 3D video formats, allowing true 3D gaming and 3D home theater applications.
  • 4K Support: Enables video resolutions (3840 x 2160 or 4096 x 2160) beyond 1080p, supporting next-generation displays that will rival the Digital Cinema systems used in many commercial movie theatres.
  • ARC (Audio Return Channel): Allows an HDMI-connected TV with a built-in tuner to send audio data "upstream" to a surround audio system, eliminating the need for a separate audio cable.
  • Ethernet Channel: Adds high-speed networking to an HDMI link, allowing users to take full advantage of their IP-enabled devices without a separate Ethernet cable.

In-Wall Rated: The Audioquest Carbon HDMI cable is CMG/FT4 rated for in-wall installation.

Directional: For audio signal, the HDMI cable is directional. Please use cable with arrows pointing form source to receiver, such as set-top box to receiver or monitor.

 
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5 out of 5

Best Cable Period!

Written By J Scott, Syracuse, NY on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
 
I have 2 of these. One of them is a 2 meter going from my Yamaha 3020 receiver to my Samsung led tv, and the other is a 1 meter connecting my receiver to my bluray player.

The build quality is second to none, leaving my old monster 1000hd cables in the dust. They are also much more flexible than the monster cable for easier cable management! Audio/video is truly amazing!

I highly recomend these cables, and can't wait to get a 3rd to hook to my dish dvr.
Pros:
Build, flexible, audio/video
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5 out of 5

Excellent Product

Written By Taras D., Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, May 20, 2011
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The AudioQuest Carbon High Speed HDMI cables work great with my 600HZ 3D Full HD Plasma Panasonic TV. They deliver the highest performance as promised by supporting up to 600 HZ frame refresh rate with either 2D or 3D display. Well buiIt, durable design. I purchased two of these cables: one for my HD DVR and one for 3D blu-ray player. The price is steep, but I think it is worth it if you want to get the best picture out of your TV. Crutchfield did a great job by delivering the cables promptly. Thanks!
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