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AudioQuest Pearl

"High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)

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by Steve Kindig
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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, as well as movies streamed from the web. Connecting your components with AQ Pearl is a great way to prepare your system for the most cutting-edge features available today, as well as what's on the way.

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.

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Highlights:

  • length: 5 meters (16.5 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, high-purity Long Grain Copper conductors for superior signal transfer
  • solid polyethylene insulation
  • white PVC jacket with CL3 rating for in-wall installation
  • gold-plated contacts
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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

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Features

Solid-Long-Grain Copper Conductors: The Audioquest Pearl HDMI cable uses solid LGC (Long-Grain Copper) conductors to eliminate inter-strand distortion and reduce jitter. Pearl's solid Long-Grain Copper allows a smoother and clearer sound than cables using regular OFHC (Oxygen-Free High-Conductivity) copper. LGC has fewer oxides within the conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and definitively better performance.

Solid High-Density Polyethylene Insulation: Its Polyethylene insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry, while minimizing insulation-induced phase distortion.

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

HDMI 1.4: The Audioquest Pearl 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 Pearl 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 from source to receiver, such as set-top box to receiver or monitor.

 
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5 out of 5

Great cable, worth the price

Written By Josh, Fredericksburg, VA on Monday, May 26, 2014
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Just installed a 7.1 surround in-ceiling system in my basement with my equipment rack in an adjacent utility room. Bought a 30' cheap HDMI cable from a competitors website and ran it before I installing my 70" tv. Hooked up the HDMI cable to the receiver only to find there was no signal. So either through signal degredation or just a bad cable, I had to find a replacement. Bought this cable and pulled it through the walls via the old cable, plugged it in and it worked right away! This cable has thicker cladding, and is slightly more stiff. Relieved it wasn't an issue with the tv or the receiver. Lessons learned: test a cable before you run it in the walls; don't install the tv before you know everything works; with longer HDMI cables, you get what you pay for!
Pros:
Great for longer runs, in-wall use!
Cons:
None so far!
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Pearl

Written By Matt, Horntown, VA on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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Great quality cable.
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Pearl HDMI Cable

Written By HelenS, Houston, Texas on Sunday, September 29, 2013
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Great Product
Pros:
Easy to install and good qulity
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Quality Cables

Written By Christopher, Huachuca City, AZ on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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After researching high quality in wall rated HDMI cables I found the AudioQuest Pearl. It was perfect for the applications I was using it for and fit within my budget. Crutchfield's pricing was competitive which can be difficult with all of the online retailers out there. I have three Pearls running my Directv, Apple TV and my Playstation 3 to my JBL SB400 and then a AudioQuest Cinnamon 3' HDMI cable running from my soundbar to my TV. It works flawlessly. Picture and audio are first rate. My only issue was with install. The cables were thicker than I anticipated and running three of them through my conduit in my wall was difficult but not impossible. But with the added shielding it was something I was willing to work with. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase.
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Pearl

Written By Mr Bean, FL on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Good performance and price
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5 out of 5

HDMI CABLE-#703 PEARL 8M

Written By R. STILIHA, STRATFORD,CT. on Thursday, June 23, 2011
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I'VE BOUGHT THE HDMI CABLE,PEARL8M, BECAUSE I NEEDED OVER TWENTY FEET. WORKS EXCELLANT. I'VE BEEN BUYING FROM CRUTCHFIELD SINCE 1996. NEVER HAVE I GONE WRONG, AND I FOUND THE SALES PEOPLE THERE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE . THEY HAVE THE IDEAS TO HELP IN JUST ABOUT ANY SITUATION OR PROBLEM.
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest Pearl

Written By rick f, richland on Monday, January 31, 2011
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Zero probleems - but am I pushing it hard enuf to rate it
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