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AudioQuest Chocolate

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

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Overview

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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.

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 4K video

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. AudioQuest HDMI cables are designed to carry 100% of the data required for all of HDMI's current audio/video features including 1080p and 4K video, HDR, 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.

High quality cable to get that little extra for all you audio/videophiles. Crutchfield is the best for all your tech needs. Fast and efficient with knowledgeable people.

Michael, Herndon, VA

What's in the Box:

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

Product Highlights:

  • supports HDMI version 1.4 and 2.0 features:
    • 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
Reviews

AudioQuest Chocolate Reviews

Average Customer Review:

17 Reviews

Audioquest HDMI

Michael from Herndon, VA on 6/26/2016

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High quality cable to get that little extra for all you audio/videophiles. Crutchfield is the best for all your tech needs. Fast and efficient with knowledgeable people.

Pros: Quality product

Cons: Cost is high for minimal upgrade

Essential Investment

Patrick from New York, NY on 5/28/2016

Mid to high end hdmi cables (like these Audioquest Chocolates) are absolutely essential, if you have invested in a good LED or 4K set. I'm using them now on an 8- year old Samsung 46" flatscreen ( can't even remember anymore what they were called ( not an Led, but what?) but it cost $2400 from Crutchfield 8 years ago and looks/sounds better now with the chocolates. I also have them for a Samsung 42" LED and our Apple TV box. Will be buying a 4K ultra (either Samsung or Sony) very soon, and will buy even higher grade Audioquest cables. They give an incredible pic & sound. Thank you!

Pros: Great picture (richer, clearer, more detailed, in two word, eye opening) Beautifully improved audio without having to hook up set to Bose sound system ( we used one, heard no appreciable difference from the tv's built/ in speakers, then puppy chewed through Bose wires,) , so an HDMI cable that handles this is more than welcome

Cons: None. Sure they're a lot more expensive than the Monster cables I originally bought, thinking I really knew what I was doing, but pay the price, get these home, hook them up, you'll agree they're well worth foregoing something else discretionary. Thank you reading my review.

Extraordinary HDMI Cables

Steve from Scottsdale, AZ on 5/23/2016

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These HDMI cables make a big difference in picture quality and sound. The color potential these cables provide are unmatched.

Pros: Good construction, high quality performance.

Cons: None.

AudioQuest Chocolate hdmi

cocopuff from Bonita Springs, FL on 5/17/2016

If you have Decent AV equipment Audio Quest cables will make a difference, with HDMI Chocolate & up is where you will really start to see and here the difference. IMO there are two types of people, ones who have used higher end cables and those who have not. I was a long time sceptic until I tried them. ARcam AVR 550 &. Oppo DVD player.

Pros: Good Build quality which produces a great picture and sound when couples to decent equipment. Good overall Value

Cons: None

AudioQuest Chocolate HDMI Cable

Thomas from Algonquin, IL on 2/3/2016

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This cable greatly improved the picture on my LG OLED television.

Pros: Crisp detail, excellent picture quality

Cons: None.

love it

Steve in Florida from Florida on 8/30/2015

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Picture and sound have never been better, like getting all new equipment. Kicking myself in not doing it before now.

Pros: Go for it! You be surprised.

Cons: What wallet a bit lighter!

Picture has never looked better

KenC from Georgia on 6/25/2015

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Since installing the Chocolate HDMI cable on my 10 year old HD TV, the picture has never looked better.

Pros: Excellent picture, high quality product

Cons: None

Not worth the money

overrated from New York on 1/4/2015

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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

Star from Rapid City, SD on 1/26/2014

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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

Joe from Lancaster, PA on 1/8/2014

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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

David P from North, SC on 12/30/2013

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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

TomV, from Palm Coast, Florida on 7/18/2013

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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!

AudioNut from Dunn, NC on 6/13/2013

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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

Poldawg from Ft Worth Tx on 3/6/2013

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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

Paul L. from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on 12/14/2012

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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

Best HDMI CABLE

Lawrence from Austin,TX on 8/12/2011

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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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Reg from Lowell,IN on 3/19/2011

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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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Features

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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Why did you buy this?

I needed an HDMI cable that meet HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 performance and you recommended this one. [ William  Jun 26, 2016 ]
I've purchased their cables before and researched them versus other manufacturers... I believe they are of good quality, but too expensive [ V  Apr 27, 2016 ]
AudioQuest is a leader in audio/video interconnects and the build quality and sound/picture signal transfer is superb! And it's from Crutchfield the only place I buy on-line audio/video gear because of the selection, free tech support and excellent customer service! [ FRANCIS E  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Good reviews in stereo-audiophile mags [ HOYT  Dec 31, 2015 ]
Appears to be high quality and heavy enough to adequately support 4K signal. [ Roy  Apr 15, 2016 ]
AudioQuest is a leader in audio/video interconnects and the build quality and sound/picture signal transfer is superb! And it's from Crutchfield the only place I buy on-line audio/video gear because of the selection, free tech support and excellent customer service! [ FRANCIS E  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Mid-level product by Audio Quest. [ JAY  Feb 16, 2016 ]
wanted a good cable [ Thomas  Jan 10, 2016 ]
I use Audioquest HDMI cables for a superior picture and sound. [ RONALD  Jan 18, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

I'am not sure. My cable is connected outside the wall. I guess you could run it thru the wall, just make sure you keep the plastic protectors on when going thru the wall to protect the connector from being damaged. Just make sure you take them off before making your connections to your devices. [ RONALD  Feb 11, 2016 ]
Love it. [ STEPHEN M  Feb 11, 2016 ]
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