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AudioQuest Chocolate

"High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (2 meters/6.6 feet)

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by Steve Kindig
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Several revolutionary capabilities appearing for the first time on 2010 HDTVs and HD-capable components are placing greater demands than ever on HDMI cables and connections. AudioQuest Chocolate is one of the new breed of HDMI cables rated "High Speed with Ethernet." Connecting your components with AQ Chocolate is a great way to prepare your system for the most cutting-edge audio and video available today, as well as what's on the way. Plus, its superior build quality means you'll enjoy superb picture and sound from your home theater system.

HDMI 1.4-compliant to support technologies like 3D TV
One of the most exciting new technologies for 2010 is 3D TV. A 3D video connection between a 3D Blu-ray player and a 3D TV must be able to simultaneously pass dual 1080p video signals along with lossless audio. AQ Chocolate is certified to handle the maximum data rate that HDMI allows — 10.2Gbps. It is constructed using premium materials throughout to maximize the crystal-clear picture and sound quality available from the latest high-definition digital sources.

AudioQuest Chocolate is fully backward-compatible with HDMI 1.3 and earlier cables. Bit Error Rate testing ensures that every cable passes signals as accurately as possible.

Solid core conductors for better signal transfer
AudioQuest is known for their superior build quality, and their Chocolate HDMI cables are no exception. They use solid-core, silver-plated conductors to ensure every ounce of picture and sound information makes it to your gear — something that can be difficult for poorer-quality cables, especially at longer lengths. The bottom line: you'll enjoy exceptionally clear, noise-free video and audio.

Highlights:

  • length: 2 meters (6.6 ft.)
  • "High Speed with Ethernet" cable design
  • supports HDMI version 1.4 features:
    • 3D video @ 1080p/120Hz
    • bi-directional Ethernet communication with compatible components
    • audio return channel for sending Dolby® Digital sound from an HDTV back to an A/V receiver
  • solid-core, silver-plated copper conductors (silver layer is 2.5% of total conductor)
  • solid polyethylene insulation
  • braided jacket
  • gold-plated contacts
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • 2-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 Chocolate HDMI cable uses solid 2.5% Silver-Plated LGC (Long-Grain Copper) conductors to eliminate inter-strand distortion and reduce jitter. Its solid Polyethylene insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry. The Audioquest Chocolate 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 Chocolate 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 Chocolate 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

You need it if you have 4K TV

Written By Star, Rapid City, SD on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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I have all Chocolate HDMI cables in my home center 5 cables in all. Things Look better now that have all Chocolate Cables.
Pros:
Top of the line.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Good Cable

Written By Joe, Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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Good Cable, but not necessary. I didn't notice much, if any difference from my old Monster Cable. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have a well built cable.
Pros:
Well built, clean, good picture.
Cons:
Price, may not be worth the cost...
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By David P, North, SC on Monday, December 30, 2013
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High quality cable.... could tell a difference in the sound and picture. Would buy again in a heartbeat.
Pros:
Quality made.
Cons:
Price
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Chocolate HDMI

Written By TomV,, Palm Coast, Florida on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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A great cable at a reasonable price without breaking the bank.
Pros:
AudioQuest has excellent build quality and flexible jacket for tight locations.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Mid-Grade HDMI Cable!

Written By AudioNut, Dunn, NC on Thursday, June 13, 2013
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Upgrade your cables to AudioQuest! Great signal transfer and superb build quality. This is a perfect mid-grade cable that won't break the bank!
Pros:
Build quality and superb jitter free signal transfer.
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love some chocolate

Written By Poldawg, Ft Worth Tx on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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As I experienced with previous audioquest products, this hdmi cable does its advertised job of providing a heightened viewing experience. A very good product indeed!
Pros:
Picture quality!!
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Choclate AudioQuest Made A Difference

Written By Paul L., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Friday, December 14, 2012
 
I read many articles on the web that said "expensive HDMI cables were a waste of money, after all it is just 0's and 1's". I decided against premium HDMI cables, all those reviews couldn't be wrong? I had just bought a Panasonic 55 inch TC-P55VT50 and paired it with the top of the line OPPO Blu Ray Player. I was talking to an advisor from another high end retailer and he suggested I upgrade the HDMI cables to chocolate because I had purchsed both a high end Plasma TV and Blu Ray player and he was confident I would benefit from the cable upgrade. I was skeptical. I had bought my HDMI cables from Crutchfield and knew I could try the upgraded cables and if I didn't see an improvement I could return them. I was using the HDMI cable provided with the OPPO player. I noticed that the audio/video was not perfictly synced especially noticable on music videos. Once I hooked up the Choclate HDMI cables I immediately noticed the video and audio was now synced. For the first time I didn't have to adjust the lip sync feature on the amp. Picture quality improved. The colors were not as over saturated and the overall picture was sharper. My friends said it was the placebo effect (gimme a break) but you can't argue with the video audio sync. I spoke to an advisor, he said the better the equipment the greater the value of premium cables. I was so impressed I ordered a cable for my Apple TV. I suggest you try it for youself, you can always return them. After trying them, I'm a believer.
Pros:
Definately improved video and audio sync and I'm convienced better overall picture quality
Cons:
Price.... but it was worth every penny
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best HDMI CABLE

Written By Lawrence, Austin,TX on Friday, August 12, 2011
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Originally I purchased a $30.00 HDMI Cable for my new Sony Bravia TV it worked but I felt as though I could get a better picture if I spent more money and got a better cable. I contacted Crutchfield my go to source for all Audio/Video questions and purchases and they recommended Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cable. I was a little hesitant to spend that much and decided to wait. Still not happy with the picture on my tv. I went online and ordered the Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cable. I received it in just a few days and let me say that it made such a difference in the picture on my tv the difference was night and day. I am so glad I listened to Crutchfield and purchased this cable. Not sorry I spent the money. It was worth every penny spent.
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5 out of 5

HDMI Cable Delivery

Written By Reg, Lowell,IN on Saturday, March 19, 2011
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I selected the cable from other sources for recommended use with a new HD TV
It performed as flawlessly.
The purchase price, informational processing and expedient delivery from
Crutchfield was outstanding.
I have no complaints.
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