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AudioQuest Pearl

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

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Overview

Our take on the AudioQuest Pearl

The latest home theater technologies look and sound amazing, but to enjoy them you'll need an advanced HDMI cable like the AudioQuest Pearl. 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 Pearl is a great way to ensure that your system will deliver the best performance from the most advanced video formats, both today and in the future.

The latest home theater technologies look and sound amazing, but to enjoy them you'll need an advanced HDMI cable like the AudioQuest Pearl. 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 Pearl is a great way to ensure that your system will deliver the best performance from the most advanced video formats, both today and in the future.

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Supports 4K video

Pearl is one of AudioQuest's most affordable HDMI cables, but 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 HDMI's current audio/video features, including 1080p and 4K video, HDR, and multichannel high-resolution audio.

Of course, AudioQuest Pearl is also 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

Audiophiles and videophiles have come to expect superior build quality from AudioQuest cables and the Pearl design is no exception. High-purity copper, solid-core conductors ensure that every bit of picture and sound information makes it to your gear — something that can be a challenge for poorer-quality cables, especially at longer lengths.

This is a nice quality cable but although it cleaned up the audio, I'm not entirely sure it made a difference in picture quality compared to my Sony HDMI cable that's just as good as this.

Audiobahn808, Hawaii

What's in the Box:

  • 1-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, high-purity Long Grain Copper conductors for superior signal transfer
  • solid polyethylene insulation
  • dark PVC jacket
  • gold-plated contacts resist corrosion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

AudioQuest Pearl Reviews

Average Customer Review:

92 Reviews

Quality cable

Written by: Audiobahn808 from Hawaii on April 13, 2016

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This is a nice quality cable but although it cleaned up the audio, I'm not entirely sure it made a difference in picture quality compared to my Sony HDMI cable that's just as good as this.

Pros: Sound and quality

Cons: Price

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Mark L from Cottonwood, CA on April 3, 2016

2009 Toyota Corolla
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By far the best HDMI cables out there. You can not go wrong with Audioquest and Crutchfield.

Pros: Great quality and color in picture with amazing sound.

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home

Written by: john from kingsville, MO on March 28, 2016

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perfect,,

Pros: works fine

Cons: non

Premium HDMI cable

Written by: Don K from Clifton, NJ on March 20, 2016

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excellent construction and performance, simple as that!

Pros: well made and strong connectors

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AUDIO QUEST PEARL CABLE.

Written by: REGGIE T from valencia, CA on March 16, 2016

High quality resolution transmission of video and sound from the HDMI cable purchased from Crutchfield, and second to none.

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Great cables!

Written by: Dale D from Newberry, SC on February 7, 2016

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Great cables handle the input from our Ps4 and directv perfectly.

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HDMI cables

Written by: Kevin from Wisconsin on January 17, 2016

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Replaced a couple of generic Best Buy cables with these. The cable appear to be of quality construction and proved excellent picture and sound quality.

Pros: As noted

Cons: Nothng

4k Cable

Written by: 1BigDog from Florida on January 13, 2016

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I recently swapped a 3 year old 1080 HD tv which failed under warranty for a 4K Ultra HD with all the bells and whistles. After reading up on HDMI cables on various forums I decided that my 3 year old cables would work just fine. I was very unhappy with the picture quality. I read Crutchfields breakdown of HDMI cables and I went ahead and ordered two Pearl 4K 2.0 cables. I replaced the old ones today and after a few minutes the TV made its adjustments and the picture is now what I had expected from a 4K TV. Much better images than before.

Pros: It looks like a well made cable, compared to the ones it replaces. Images are much clearer now with these cables.

Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Eric J. from Texas on January 9, 2016

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I bought this for the connection between my new UHD TV from my receiver, which has inputs from the cable box & 3D blu-ray. The old HDMI cable was not compatible with the 3D or UHD. I already same brand HDMI cable from the blu-ray to receiver. This cable works fine without any problems. Although most reviews gave it 5 stars, I don't know if other brands or higher priced HDMI cables would result in a different picture quality to be able to rate this cable higher or lower than the 4 stars I gave it.

Pros: HDMI 2.0 is 3D and 4K UHD compatible with sound return to the receiver so it I have outstanding sound via my 7.1 surround sound system Quality

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AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: tom h from manteo North Carolina on December 19, 2015

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fantastic, I have been having HDCP problems because of a directv glitch, the directional pearl cbls seem to have corrected this. No problems since I installed them, and I don,t know if its my imagination but the picture quality seems to have improved. And this tv has a fantastic picture.

Pros: quick and easy installation

Cons: none

Needed for 4k

Written by: akloner from Alaska on November 16, 2015

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Good for 4K.

Pros: Recommended for 4K

Cons: Price, yet this was going rate

Audio Quest Pearl HDMI Cable

Written by: WVR from North Carolina on November 16, 2015

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Easy to install. Terrific picture.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl HDMI cable

Written by: DickJ from Massachusetts on November 8, 2015

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Very well made cable. We were having video and audio cut-out on our new TV, and to check out the possible causes, our first choice was a higher quality HDMI cable. As it turned out, the cable was NOT the problem, but the socket on the DVR Cable box WAS the problem.

Pros: Very well made cable.

Cons: I was trying to keep the cable as short as possible for signal integrity and, the cost per meter is high, I should have purchased a longer cable because in order to remove the cable box from the equipment cabinet, I have to disconnect the HDMI cable first from the rear of the TV. This is NOT a cable CON it is more of price per meter length.

AudioQuest Pearl HDMI cable

Written by: Jack from Chattanooga, Tennessee on August 30, 2015

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I bought one of these cables a few years ago and was so pleased with the performance a bought this one when the need arose. It provides a great picture whether playing DVDs or streaming video.

Pros: Great performance

Cons: None

Pearl 6 ft HDMI cable

Written by: BillS from Louisville, Kentucky on August 14, 2015

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The Pearl cable arrived when expected, and it was boxed nicely. It had a nice fit in the port to my new Samsung 55 inch TV, and it transmits the signal nicely.

Pros: Well constructed cable. Nice fit in the HDMI port. Picture quality is great.

Cons: A little expensive.

A good HDMI cable.

Written by: Don from Nevada on May 10, 2015

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AudioQuest makes good stuff. This is no different.

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AQ Pearl HDMI 2.0 cable

Written by: REVIEW from California on May 6, 2015

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Great basic HDMI 2.0 cable, works well with the newer 4K tv's and devices. Reasonably priced with the Audioquest name and quality

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Good HDMI Cable

Written by: Eric M from Pennsylvania on March 20, 2015

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Well built, quality product. I bought these along with a new receiver. Worked as advertised.

Pros: Worked as advertised. Quality of product.

Cons: None

Great Product

Written by: Ed R from Michigan on February 22, 2015

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Great picture quality and the construction of the cable is very excellent

Pros: Well made product

Cons: None

Car audio

Written by: Brad from Sanford on February 22, 2015

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Work very good for car audo

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Audio Quest Pearl

Written by: DavidT from Seattle on February 3, 2015

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You will need one of these for 4K viewing

Pros: it works

Cons: none

Good Cables

Written by: Dunamis from Hawaii on January 20, 2015

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Simply the best cables you can buy. Expensive, but worth the price if you want the best sight and sound from your equipment...

Pros: Quality

Cons: None

tall order

Written by: great product from Arizona on January 14, 2015

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perfect product

Pros: great at this time

Cons: no cons

Audioquest pearl

Written by: Gbro from Macatawa, MI on December 22, 2014

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Works as intended and expected.

Pros: Directional arrows are helpful.

Cons: None

It's hard to know, but . . .

Written by: RickA from Knoxville, TN on December 11, 2014

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I have just completed an overhaul of my Home AV system that included both a new Yamaha RX-V577 receiver and new AudioQuest Pearl HDMI cables. There is a significant change for the better in sound quality with respect to both staging and overall crispness and clarity. And, I haven't changed speakers. I don't know how much of the improvement is due to the Pearls but I can say my current speakers have never sounded better. So, the Pearls have got to be doing something right.

Pros: Build quality.

Cons: A bit pricey, but worth it.

Good hdmi

Written by: Jr from California on November 29, 2014

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There are a good hdmi for the price. I had some Sony hdmi hook to my cable box to my new 4k tv and the picture was very jittery and blurry but I hook up the new cable and picture cleared up and look great

Pros: Good picture and good price

Cons: None

Excellent Value

Written by: Jeff I from Midland, MI on August 23, 2014

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I replaced my monster hdmi's with these at Crutchfields suggestion. There really was a huge difference in audio quality on the same system. Better yet, they are half the cost of the cables I replaced. You just can't go wrong with these.

Pros: Sound clarity

Cons: none

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Anonymous from Escalon, CA on July 12, 2014

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I have this at my second home in Big Clifty, KY

Pros: great

Cons: none

Excellent HDMI Cable

Written by: MMG from New England on June 12, 2014

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I bought these AudioQuest pearl HDMI cables for a new Denon system. They were packaged well, they looked and felt like quality cables, had a solid fit, have no sonic deficits, and overall complement my Denon system well.

Pros: High quality, good price, fast shipping

Cons: none

Great

Written by: Max from Long Island, NY on June 6, 2014

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The connection seems tight and also the quality seems great

Pros: Tighter connection

Cons: None

Audio Quest Pearl HDMI plug.

Written by: Jeff B. from El Paso, Tx. on May 22, 2014

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I've been buying the Audio Quest Pearl for three years now. I've bought the Cinnamon as well for double the cost. The Pearl HDMI cable is great for the price. It works with 4K and 3D, no problem. I have bought the Bluerigger HDMI (2) and had nothing but problems. Along with an HDMI splitter that claims it works with 3D along with the Bluerigger HDMI plugs gave me nothing but problems. I figured out it wasn't the splitter but these 2 Bluerigger cables. Save yourself time and money and buy these great Pearl HDMI cables and you'll be totally satisfied. Remember, you pay for what you get. These also have HDMI with Ethernet.

Pros: 4K, 3D, up to 600 Hz. I really see no difference between the Pearl and more expensive Cinnamon Audio Quest.

Cons: NONE.

It's a working cord

Written by: Anonymous from Valencia, california on April 3, 2014

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Does what it's supposed to do. Can't say whether it works better or worse than any others, but no problems.

Pros: Price. 12 bucks less than another retailer down the street. Good looking for a A/V cord I guess.

Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Bingo-One from Tx. on March 19, 2014

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Carries an excellent signal .

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Noticeable difference

Written by: CMG from Roanoke, VA on March 11, 2014

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Proof positive that interconnects matter. I respectfully disagree with some of the other reviewers on this issue, though I wonder how spending significantly more than this in most applications would not be an exercise in diminishing returns. Substantially built, the improvement over previous HDMI cable (standard big-box stuff with no name mentioned here; however, it was essentially the price of the Pearl at this length) was objective and instantly recognized by my wife who takes little interest in such things.

Pros: Significant improvement, quality for price is no-brainer.

Cons: At this price, none.

First HDMI cable I Ever Used

Written by: Keiths from Highlands Ranch, CO on March 1, 2014

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Using the cable with my new Blu-Ray player. Delivers an exceptional picture on our 39" Sanyo Flat Screen TV.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

HTML

Written by: Dave D from Moorpark, CA on February 19, 2014

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Great cable

Pros: Works well.

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AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Anil from Houston, TX on January 5, 2014

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it's just wire. not to expensive not too cheap.

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AudioQuest Pearl HDMI Cable

Written by: Ted from Lake Monticello, Virginia on December 26, 2013

Appears to be a quality product that does the job well.

Pros: It just plain works!

Cons: None

Nice cable

Written by: Doug from Minneapolis, MN on December 7, 2013

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plugged in as expected and delivers a quality signal

Pros: it works fine

Cons: none

Great Price for Quality Item

Written by: StuS from New Milford, NJ on November 8, 2013

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The Audio Quest Pearl is a great HDMI cable which delivers perfect Image Quality.

Pros: Length of cable and easy installation

Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl HDMI Cable

Written by: EricS from Katy, Texas on September 29, 2013

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Good qulity

Pros: easy to install

Cons: none

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Carl from Wisconsin on September 19, 2013

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Well made. Works great!

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It woiks !

Written by: Joe from Lake stevens, Wa on September 8, 2013

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The cable connected up good and tight with no sag.This is what you are looking for in a quality cable.In addition,the picture reflected a nice pristine image. There may be better HDMI cables out there and there may be worse. At this price the pearl is a winner

Pros: Nice tight connection

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Pearl Cables

Written by: MTPhill from Savannah GA on September 2, 2013

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Never...I repeat never scrimp on your cables! Pearl provides clean signal transfer and secure connections.

Pros: As advertised and recommended by Crutchfield Support!

Cons: NA

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Anonymous from alexandria LA on August 29, 2013

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just another HDMI cable

Pros: none

Cons: none

Audio Quest HDMI

Written by: Anonymous from Columbus,Oh on August 25, 2013

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Seems to be very nice cables. Was I formed by the salesman Crutchfield that they were a better build quality.

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Worth the extra $

Written by: Kevin from Stoutsville, OH on August 8, 2013

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The price for these cables is a small investment into a great system...thanks Crutchfield!

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Hdmi cord too short?

Written by: Bill B from Mechanicsville, VA on August 2, 2013

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Works fine

Pros: No trouble plugging it in!

Cons: I was told it was 6 ft long but it was 3 ft! However, it fits so I haven't returned it. I do the final setup next wk and I'll find out if I have to return it--which would be a pain!

Nice cable at a nice price

Written by: musicman5818 from Tonawanda, NY on July 11, 2013

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I was looking for cables to replace my cheap "no name" purchased cables and didn't want to spend a ton of money. These fit the bill perfectly. I have purchased expensive cables in the past and I did not quite hear or see a difference that matched the extra cost. I've also had cheap cables that I could here and see a difference. The AudioQuest Pearls look good, work great, they are packaged extremely well, and shipped fast. Thanks Crutchfield!

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Great Product for the Price

Written by: GC from Columbus, OH on June 17, 2013

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I couldn't have asked more for this cable, especially given the very economical price point.

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Quality HDMI Cable

Written by: JohnH from Houston, TX. on June 1, 2013

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I am not much of a expert but the cables work great and appear to be of high quality. Maybe I could have spent less and gotten the same results but I have no regrets as to my purchase

Pros: High Quality

Cons: Pricey

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: PaulH from Chevy Chase, MD on May 17, 2013

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So far it works great. In particular, the connection were easy and secure.

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AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Charles H from Maryville, TN on May 2, 2013

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Cable length is good. Good, secure connection to TV.

Pros: Cable length.

Cons: A little pricey.

A cable is a cable

Written by: Moley Russel's wart from SW on April 29, 2013

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A great cable for the money and it does its job.

Pros: It works as advertised.

Cons: none

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Bob from Middletown NY on April 22, 2013

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Cables are a quality cable and work fine but I could not see any difference in audio or visual quality from my old cables.

Pros: Easy to connect. Just the right length for normal installation.

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Excellent little cables

Written by: BradM from Alexandria, VA on March 15, 2013

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Great cable for the money. Paired with Pioneer SC-63 and a Panasonic GT-50. Excellent picture and sound quality.

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Exceptional

Written by: Anonymous from Hollywood, FL on February 19, 2013

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You get what you pay for.

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Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: jason from peoria,il on January 20, 2013

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used a standard hdmi on a 32 inch 3d led switched to the audioquest. The picture came alive in every mode 2d or 3d.i'll never buy anything but audioquest again and i have some very high priced av and video equipment i use as my main gear

Pros: great product for such a good price

Cons: none

AudioQuest Pearl HDMI Cable

Written by: PaulC from Lenoir City, TN on December 27, 2012

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Excellent quality, excellent performance! Used this cable to connect 3D Blu-Ray DVD player to my 3D TV. No problems making the connections. The speed and quality of broadcast are very impressive.

Pros: Excellent quality, excellent performance!

Cons: None!

Good Quality

Written by: Kalika from Hawaii on September 19, 2012

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A great quality cable with a good price.

Pros: Good Quality

Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: John P. from Columbia,SC on August 28, 2012

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Great cable.

Pros: Very good connection tips and excellant video and audio transfer.

Cons: none

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Ada B from Philadelphia. PA on August 9, 2012

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I called Crutchfield to find our the best HDMI cable for the Blue Ray I was buying (there are so many choices ...), and they gave me just the information I needed to choose the right price/quality combination.

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Good

Written by: Anonymous from Miami, F|L on July 31, 2012

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It was short for my set up but that was my fault

Pros: Does the job

Cons: Short

Perfect for use

Written by: GregR from Baltimore, MD on July 26, 2012

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This HDMI cable is absolutely perfect for its intended use. It's sturdy, attractive and a great length for a nearby component. we have it connected to our Apple TV. the picture and sound quality is very good. no complaints.

Pros: Sturdy, attractive, good video and audio, perfect size for component within reasonable distance to TV.

Cons: None so far

Great!

Written by: Anonymous from Chicago on May 24, 2012

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Great cable good price

Pros: Thin cable... Good picture

Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl HDMI

Written by: ScottH from SW Michigan on April 30, 2012

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What is there to an HDMI cable? Complexity, to put it briefly. You might think that this is a no-brainer, but a lot of times it's hard to find the right cable - and there is a wide range of prices associated with HDMI. No offense, major retailers, but your prices leave a lot to be desired. Crutchfield offers the AudioQuest Pearl line, which includes about everything you need, especially with the data rate of 3D tv. I have no test equipment except my eyes and ears, but they tell me that I have all I need with 3 cables, versus the bird's nest of wires and connection cables I used to need.

Pros: No great IQ needed - select the length needed, make the connection, and that's it. Simple and easy, the way it should be.

Cons: None

Great Buy

Written by: Bullet from Chesterfield, VA on April 16, 2012

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Excellent value for a quality product.

Pros: Great quality at a value.

Cons: None at this time.

Good quality for the money

Written by: LanceB from Phoenix, AZ on April 15, 2012

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I bought this in 2011 and i can say that the quality of the picture has been great. Greater clarity and brighter colors, also the blacks and whites have been noticably contrast. Good product for the money nuff said.

Pros: clarity great, sturdy cable, appealing looks, brighter picture

Cons: None so far

Better than expected

Written by: Jacen101307 from Alexandria, VA on February 26, 2012

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I would first like to say that I did once believe all hdmi cables were the same. In fact I have been a very loyal customer to a "one" price website because I had seen many articles that said there is no difference between the over priced cables and those for $10. I have now been proved otherwise. This cable transfers the data much better and looks much cleaner than the premium cables I had bought from said website. The only down side that I had was the HDCP. I had to unplug the cable and plug it back in to get the issue to be resolved but I am running it from my ps3 to my onkyo to my tv so I am not sure where the breakdown was but I do know that at least for the moment it has been resolved . My wife. Had even commented how the colors look brighter and the picture much cleaner now so I can say that it is not just me trying to justify the price I paid for the cable.

Pros: Solid copper wire Great function

Cons: Price

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Anonymous from Brazil on February 19, 2012

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Excelent cable! Great 3d images.

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Defective Product, Defective Customer Support

Written by: Sasquatch from Northern Virginia on February 11, 2012

New cable box and brand new Samsung set could not complete an HDCP handshake with a brand new out of the box AudioQuest4 cable. Had to buy a replacement HDMI cable from Radio Shack to troubleshoot the issue. Cable box and television were able to initiate HDCP with the replacement HDMI cable with no problem. AudioQuest cable was obviously defective. Called Crutchfield to ask for a refund. Was told I could not get a refund because the cable was "free," as part of a $1500 purchase I made from Crutchfield. "Free" as part of a package purchase is to free as military intelligence is to intelligence. So Crutchfield is sending me a replacement AudioQuest HDMI cable that I don't need. If it works, maybe I'll keep it, and maybe I'll sell it. If it doesn't work, I'll call Crutchfield for another "free" cable.

Pros: "Free" as part of a major purchase....whatever that means.

Cons: Defective out of the box....which makes troubleshooting a pain, because it's reasonable to assume that brand new products work out of the box.

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Don S from Plover WI on January 31, 2012

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excellent cables, improved picture on tv much brighter and sharper. no need to spent anymore for hdmi cables. er

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Top Line Connector.

Written by: Jim S from The Jersey Cape on January 28, 2012

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Professional Connector

Pros: Heavy Duty.

Cons: None.

AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: HaroldS from Albertville, AL on January 25, 2012

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Very good connection and quality.

Pros: Ease of use and signal quality

Cons: None

Replaced For Better 3D

Written by: tRu from Los Angeles Cali on November 3, 2011

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I mainly bought this hdmi because i was told it will help with the ghosting during 3D on my Sony 46NX810 (also bought from Crutchfield of course) Im sad to report that i still have the same problem, i cant enjoy the 3D feature. But im keeping the cable because I've already hooked it up and dont want to move evrything again. But its all good not Crutchfields fault.

Pros: Does the job as described.

Cons: Didnt see a difference between this hdmi and my original sony hdmi v1.4

Audio Quest Pearl HDMI

Written by: EricN from Eagan, MN on September 14, 2011

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Excellent product. I replaced a component video cable with this Audio Quest HDMI cable and the picture quality was noticeably improved. Excellent value also. I don't know why anyone would spend more.

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Superb HDMI

Written by: Bob from Niagara Falls NY. on September 7, 2011

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I bought this hdmi when I bought the Sony HT-CT150 soundbar system. I have it going from the hdmi out on the sub(arc)to hdmi(arc)in on the tv. Great cable. I only have two devices connected to the sub, but I'm using older hdmi cables. Henceforth, I plan on buying two more Audioquest Pearl hdmi. I'm very familiar with the quality of Audioquest as I use it in my hi-end reference audio system. Thank you Audioquest and Thank you Crutchfield.

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AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: movie lover from spring valley,ny on August 8, 2011

the sound is wonderful and pic also wonderful.and soon i be buying 2 more of those.

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HDMI Cable-Fast Delivery

Written by: John M. from Allentown, NJ on August 4, 2011

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The AudioQuest Pearl is all that's claimed. Quick connection and great picture/sound. What's even better was Crutchfield's fast service. Thanks!!

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A SNAP!

Written by: CJ from NE on June 5, 2011

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INSTANT & PERFECT SNAP-IN CONNECTION BETWEEN NEW SAMSUNG LED TV & CABLE BOX!

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great cables

Written by: RW from Cape Cod, MA on April 20, 2011

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I've boughten five of these in total. These are great cables for a really good price. Not sure why you would need to spend more.

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HDMI Cables

Written by: Jim W. from Nottingham Maryland on April 20, 2011

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Great Cables.

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Bang for your buck!!!

Written by: D3Daddy from OC, CA on March 17, 2011

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This is a great product, especially at the price. I had the higher costing HDMI cable prior to this and there is NO difference, at least to the naked eye. Inexpensive but by no means CHEAP!!! You will NO be dissapointed with this cable and its price.

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AUDIOQUEST PEARL HDMI CABLE

Written by: LarryV from Las Vegas, NV on March 9, 2011

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They had the cable I wanted. No problem in ordering it. It came when they said it would. Good packaging,no damage.

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Performs to expectations

Written by: Nash from Hickory, NC on February 11, 2011

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No complaints. Functions as per specifications.

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AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: gary from St Louis on February 7, 2011

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Great plug at a great price. Provides excellent sound ad visual without breaking your wallet.

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It's a cable and it works

Written by: GD from Ithaca, NY on January 26, 2011

Well it's a well made cable and it works. I don't see any reason to spend $100 or more on a cable.

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AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Paul C from Clarksville, MD on January 17, 2011

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A great product for a low price. Cable looks good and performs well! Will be referring to my freinds about this product. Delivery only took a day. My sells adviser Eddie is on top of all the lastest gear and advises you on what he thinks is best for your needs. Paul C

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AudioQuest Pearl

Written by: Jeff T from Warren,MA on November 5, 2010

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Good quality and reasonably priced.

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Works great!

Written by: Diana from Los Angeles on September 28, 2010

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This cable was perfect for connecting our HD TV to an HD cable box.

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HDMI Connectors

Written by: BarryW from Seaford, DE on September 19, 2010

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Have a new audio system and with these HDMI connectors the video and sound are definitely more crisp.

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Best of the Best

Written by: 1080pete from Upland, CA on August 27, 2010

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This is it, this is the one, don't spend a penny more on an HDMI cable, super high quality, super affordable. Crystal clear video and audio with this.

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What's in the box?

Download the AudioQuest Pearl manual

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

Product Research

Features

Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion. Pearl's solid Long-Grain Copper allows a smoother and clearer sound than cables using regular OFHC (Oxygen-Free High-Conductivity) copper. OFHC is a general metal industry specification regarding "loss" without any concern for distortion. LGC has fewer oxides within the conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and definitively better performance.

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. Pearl 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 Pearl HDMI cable is CMG/FT4 rated for in-wall installation.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I have several others I've already purchased and used. [ Donald  Apr 26, 2016 ]
Recommendation from Stone at Crutchfield. Stone's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=188 [ Francesco Del  Apr 25, 2016 ]
Ringo helped me Ringo's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=164 [ Deb  Apr 15, 2016 ]
Purchased based on the reviews. [ PAULA  Mar 24, 2016 ]
Recommended by advisor for my TV. [ John  Mar 17, 2016 ]
I have other AudioQuest products and despite what newbies say that "All HDMI cables are alike", these are worth the extra cash. I would've gone with a higher model cable with a higher player, but the value player I bought is for a bedroom. [ Brian  Mar 06, 2016 ]
Recommended by Dexter, Crutchfield Advisor. Dexter's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=175 [ D  Mar 06, 2016 ]
Rating on Crutchfield's site [ Raymond Di  Feb 26, 2016 ]
Easy hook-up [ PETE  Feb 17, 2016 ]
Recommended by Adam Adam's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=39 [ WILLIAM R  Feb 02, 2016 ]
read reviews on your site had the most purchases in HDMI cable reviews [ Roman  Jan 24, 2016 ]
recommended by advisor Adam Adam's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=39 [ MARIA  Jan 20, 2016 ]
No hdmi, no signal :) [ MOHSEN  Jan 14, 2016 ]
better quality [ josh  Jan 13, 2016 ]
I trust Crutchfield with quality products. [ JIM  Jan 10, 2016 ]
good quality and Crutchfield advisor recommendation [ Keith  Jan 08, 2016 ]
I only use AudioQuest cables for my HiFi needs, they are the best value for your dollar.... [ Aaron  Jan 03, 2016 ]
Great, prior experience for both video and sound quality! [ Duke  Apr 18, 2016 ]
Read the reveiws [ Quincy  Apr 06, 2016 ]
Quality cables. [ Daniel  Apr 03, 2016 ]
Price and quality [ Don  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Recommended by associate. [ V  Mar 17, 2016 ]
Price [ ROGER  Mar 02, 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 ]
Great product good price [ Benjamin  Feb 03, 2016 ]
Review and advisorrecommended this brand [ GABRIEL  Jan 31, 2016 ]
Was recommended by the tech I spoke with when I purchased my Samsung TV to get the most out of my connection between the Direct TV receiver and the TV. [ Walton  Jan 14, 2016 ]
Quality and good reviews [ Paul  Jan 12, 2016 ]
I trust Crutchfield with quality products. [ JIM  Jan 10, 2016 ]
Zac at Crutchfield recommended these AudioQuest cables to me Zac's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=142 [ Bjorn  Jan 10, 2016 ]
I only use AudioQuest cables for all my audio needs, they produce the best quality for the dollar... [ Aaron  Dec 31, 2015 ]
Because my son who was helping me by talking with a technician at Crutchfield recommended this combination as working with my older Pioneer receiver. I'm very grateful for the help. He has dealt with you for years. [ Nancy  Dec 21, 2015 ]
Good price and quality for my 3D & 4K needs. Aaron provided great service information regarding the product. [ JAMES  Dec 21, 2015 ]
spending money on equipment so need to match quality with quality. [ Brian  Dec 09, 2015 ]
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