About the Crutchfield Premium HDMI Cable
Meet Steve Kindig
Steve Kindig wrote about audio/video gear for Crutchfield from 1985 until his retirement in 2020.
Even though Steve has retired from Crutchfield, he's a self-proclaimed audio/video geek for life. He's been an audiophile since high school, and a videophile since the introduction of HDTVS and high-def programming.
Steve is a volunteer DJ at community radio station WTJU, where he's a regular host of the American folk show "Atlantic Weekly," as well as the world music program "Beyond Borders," where he gets to share his love of African music.
Steve is also a board member of the Prism Coffeehouse in Charlottesville. They produce a series of concerts featuring traditional and acoustic music, and he helps out with sales or anything else that needs doing in exchange for getting to hear live music almost every week.
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Despite what you may have read elsewhere, all HDMI cables are not the same. Crutchfield's Premium High Speed HDMI cables are certified to handle the highest-quality signals currently available, including 4K Ultra HD video and HDR (High Dynamic Range). These cables offer premium performance without the premium price.
To help A/V enthusiasts get the most from their 4K gear, the creators of HDMI technology have developed a rigorous cable testing and authentication process: The Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program. Cables are tested to make sure they support the full 18 Gbps bandwidth provided by the HDMI 2.0 specification. Plus, an EMI test ensures that cables minimize interference with wireless signals. Finally, every length of every model line must pass the tests to receive certification.
The certification program also includes a special authentication label placed on every certified product. It's a response to all the counterfeit and no-name cables on the market that claim performance that they don't actually deliver.
Should you get a Premium HDMI cable?
At lengths of a few meters or less, any well-made "high-speed" HDMI cable should work fine in most 4K applications. But if you're connecting an Ultra HD Blu-ray player to a 4K TV — especially a longer run — a Crutchfield Premium HDMI cable will guarantee flawless performance.
- latest HDMI version 2.0 features:
- supports 4K/60Hz and HDR (18 Gbps maximum bandwidth)
- bi-directional Ethernet communication with compatible components
- ARC (Audio Return Channel) for sending Dolby® Digital sound from the TV back to an A/V receiver
- 30-gauge conductors for dependable signal transfer
- durable PVC jacket
- CL2-rated for safe in-wall installation
- cable meets all CL2 requirements, but rating is not printed on jacket
- gold-plated contacts resist corrosion
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # HDMI15
What's in the box:
- 15' HDMI cable
No need to get "expensive" 4k HDMI cable when this does it all. Easy grip in hard to reach places make it a breeze to connect. With rewards program this was "free" as I purchased my entire home theatre from Cody at Crutchfield.
Steve C. from Fort Worth, TX
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