AudioQuest Chocolate

"High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (3 meters/10 feet)

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If you want to take advantage of the very latest technologies, you'll need an advanced HDMI cable like the AudioQuest Chocolate. It's rated "High Speed with Ethernet," so it can carry the highest-resolution video available — all the way up to 4K at 60 frames per second. Connecting your components with AQ Chocolate is a great way to prepare your system for the most cutting-edge features available today, as well as what's on the way.

Supports 3D TV and 4K

Chocolate falls in the middle of AudioQuest's line of HDMI cables. It's made with premium materials throughout to maximize the crystal-clear picture and sound quality available from the latest high-definition digital sources. All AudioQuest HDMI cables up to 10 meters are capable of transmitting 100% of the data required for all of HDMI's current audio/video features including 1080p and 4K video, 3D video from Blu-ray, and multichannel high-resolution audio.

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.

Silver-plated 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 high-purity copper, solid-core conductors plated with a very thin layer of silver. High-frequency HDMI audio and video signals travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductors. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. It's a cost-effective way to build a very high-performance HDMI cable.

Product Highlights:

  • "High Speed with Ethernet" cable design
  • supports HDMI version 1.4 and 2.0 features at lengths up to 10 meters:
    • maximum bandwidth of 18Gbps
    • 1080p and 4K video @ 60p
    • 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 resist corrosion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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

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Solid 2.5% Silver Conductors: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications, like HDMI audio and video. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable

Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Chocolate HDMI uses air-filled Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile. Thanks to all the air in Foamed-PE, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials.

High Speed Data Capacity: All AudioQuest HDMI cables up to 10 meters (32.8') meet or exceed the 10.2 Gbps maximum data rate for HDMI and are approved High Speed cables. This means that all AudioQuest cables up to 10 meters are capable of transmitting 100% of the data required for all of HDMI's current audio/video features including multichannel high-resolution audio, 1080p and 4k video, and 3D video from Blu-ray. All AQ HDMI cables will deliver 100% of the data required for 120Hz/240Hz/600Hz displays.

Note: AudioQuest HDMI cables which are 12 meters (39.3') to 20 meters (65.6') are Standard Speed with support for up to 1080p (not 4k).

HDMI 2.0: All AudioQuest High Speed HDMI cables (up to 10 meters) are capable of transmitting 18 Gbps signals, including 4K@60p and 4K 3D, when used with HDMI 2.0 electronics.

ARC & Ethernet Enabled: AQ's HDMI cable supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) which 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. The AQ HDMI cable also adds high-speed networking to it HDMI link, allowing you to take full advantage of your IP-enabled devices without a separate Ethernet cable.

Gold-Plated Connectors: The Audioquest HDMI cable features gold-plated HDMI standard size (Type-A) connectors for maximum signal transfer.

Directionality:All AQ HDMI cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest HDMI cable. All signal conductors controlled for digital-audio direction in AudioQuest HDMI cables, and care is even taken to run the conductors used in the Audio Return Channel in the opposite direction to ensure the best performance for that application. Arrows are clearly marked on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality.

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

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Not worth the money

Written By overrated, New York on Sunday, January 04, 2015

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This cable was such a waste of money. It was recommended by a few guys at the "local" electronics store when I bought my $2k Samsung 4K tv so I gave it a shot and there was no difference at all between this and the monster high speed cable I already had. If it just makes you feel better knowing you paid more than go for it, but if you are looking for mind blowing changes don't waste your time or money.

Pros: none

Cons: doesn't make a difference just because it costs a lot.

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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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