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AudioQuest Pearl

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

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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.

AudioQUest Pearl cross-section view

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.

Works great easy to connect.

Anonymous, Southport, NC

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
  • 30-gauge 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

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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. 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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Work great [ KEVIN  Jun 20, 2017 ]
You said they were great [ L  Jun 13, 2017 ]
Needed it to adapt our TV to sound bar. Chose this due to good reviews [ LetItSnow  Jun 08, 2017 ]
Decent price for a good cable [ Charles  Jun 03, 2017 ]
quality without breaking the bank... [ JEFFERY  May 06, 2017 ]
Wanted a high quality cable for new TV - NEVER use the HDMI cables that come with the TV! [ Harvey  Apr 29, 2017 ]
I believe this product is of high quality and can't afford the best quality [ ALFRED  Mar 29, 2017 ]
Excellent quality product. Have several other of varying lengths. Saw a big picture and color quality change with this brand cables. [ David  Mar 25, 2017 ]
I needed a couple of hdmi cables for this receiver, but I don't care to spend $100 per cable. They are a good value. [ Dale  Mar 19, 2017 ]
Positive reviews and cost. [ Steven  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Great cables! [ Lee  Mar 16, 2017 ]
I have been happy with AudioQuest cables in the past. These cables were relatively inexpensive and the Crutch endorsement did not hurt. [ JOSEPH W  Mar 11, 2017 ]
I purchased the 2 meter AudioQuest Pearl and was very impressed with its build quality. [ RUSS  Mar 03, 2017 ]
I needed better cables and trust the Crutchfield products and reviews. [ Allan M.  Feb 12, 2017 ]
Because your company suggested that it will match my HDCP 2.2 and HDR requirements for my TV. [ Kent  Feb 11, 2017 ]
Quality ! [ ROBERT  Feb 02, 2017 ]
with quality comes performance. I want my theater to look and sound the best it can [ Jonathan  Jan 30, 2017 ]
These HDMI cables receive great reviews and are the perfect length for my AV rack. [ Shawn  Dec 13, 2016 ]
seemed to be the cheapest for the 3 ft. [ Bryce  Dec 12, 2016 ]
Make sure I had the latest tech to use with newest receiver. [ S  Dec 10, 2016 ]
Needed a cable and it is a reliable brand [ Alex  Nov 29, 2016 ]
It seem like it was the better HDMI cable from the other ones. [ Richard  Nov 16, 2016 ]
advice from sales rep [ w  Nov 11, 2016 ]
Your salesman Buddy helped me make the decision. He was extremely helpful. Thanks Again, Buddy [ michael  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Had good help from multiple advisers, somehow kept loosing the chats when looking at the suggested items. The only item I had chosen myself was the Polk TL 1600 speaker system. [ Hartmut  Oct 24, 2016 ]
I like trying different and new to achieve better. I will review after I give it a try. [ milton  Oct 21, 2016 ]
for my kenwood stereo to utilize car play [ Joshua L.  Sep 24, 2016 ]
Crutchfield Best seller rating [ KENNETH T  Sep 03, 2016 ]
I'm setting up a new Samsung 4k UHD TV, Blu-ray player, and A/V receiver. [ Michael  Sep 02, 2016 ]
The quality and design, along with the price, of AudioQuest connects, I've found, is superb. [ Clarke  Aug 19, 2016 ]
Great cable for the price. Audioquest makes quality stuff [ Joseph  Aug 18, 2016 ]
Excellent quality that you can see and hear the difference [ Alex  Aug 01, 2016 ]
Needed it to connected Blu Ray player and buying it here saved a trip to Best Buy. [ David  Jul 23, 2016 ]
I have a 4K TV. [ Alfred W.  Jul 22, 2016 ]
putting video/audio equipment in a cabinet and did not need long cable lengths [ DAVID  Jun 21, 2016 ]
I did not purchase these cables. [ Robert L.  Jun 18, 2016 ]
Have other AQ products and really liked them. Great quality for the price. [ Donn  Jun 06, 2016 ]
I needed to update my cables to match my new 4K TV. [ Guido E.  May 27, 2016 ]
I chose these because they rock. simple. [ P  May 04, 2016 ]
I have several others I've already purchased and used. [ Donald  Apr 26, 2016 ]
Recommendation from Stone at Crutchfield. Stone's Bio: [ Francesco Del  Apr 25, 2016 ]
Ringo helped me Ringo's Bio: [ 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: [ 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: [ 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: [ 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 ]
Work great [ KEVIN  Jun 20, 2017 ]
I bought one before and it works great. [ WILLIAM J  Jun 17, 2017 ]
Good quality HDMI cables, reasonable price. [ James  May 07, 2017 ]
I work on 2 different desks . with one of them the 5 meter is way too long and would be in the way (2 meter better choice) . with the other desk and 52" monitor I am farther away and want the maximum feet I would ever need [ Associated  May 01, 2017 ]
Have installed two Pearl HDMI cables with 4K tvs, recommended by our DISH network technician. The cable appears to add sizzle to the picture and to audio. [ Victor  Apr 25, 2017 ]
I think these are just right for us. Bob was a big help, and I spent more than he suggested. Which I appreciate. [ D  Mar 26, 2017 ]
I needed a longer cable for my application. [ ARCADIO HERNAND  Mar 18, 2017 ]
Reviews and cost. [ Steven  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Needed 2 new HDMI cables. These were the most popular items. [ SAMUEL B  Feb 17, 2017 ]
I needed a better cable and trust Crutchfield and their reviews. [ Allan M.  Feb 12, 2017 ]
Required for connecting amp and blue ray to cable box and tv. [ Michael  Feb 07, 2017 ]
Price point. [ O  Feb 01, 2017 ]
Price and Audioquest quality. [ Frank  Jan 10, 2017 ]
The quality [ Seth  Jan 07, 2017 ]
Crutchfield reviews [ Jacky  Dec 15, 2016 ]
Wanted newest product to make sure I had latest tech. [ S  Dec 10, 2016 ]
Had good reviews. [ RONNIE S  Dec 01, 2016 ]
Capability of HDMI 2.0b support. [ Larry  Nov 28, 2016 ]
recommended by Tony (Crutchfield advisor) [ Gerald  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Good Quality [ William  Nov 26, 2016 ]
I wanted to ensure my audio experience was the best it could be with the investment I made in my new TV. Doug, the sales rep at Crutchfield, helped me choose the right cable for my situation. Thanks Doug. [ CHAD  Nov 26, 2016 ]
This cable was purchased for my 4K UHD (HDR) television & 4K Blu-Ray player. [ Willard  Nov 21, 2016 ]
needed for tv hook up [ LEE  Nov 21, 2016 ]
Price [ Tom  Nov 18, 2016 ]
Will be doing a wall installation on a flat screen TV. Pearl was recommended by a satellite dish installation technician as a high quality, durable and reliable HDMI cable to use for an in-wall connection. [ MICHAEL  Nov 17, 2016 ]
YOUR GOOD ADVICE-----------all cables look the same to me so I need advice [ B  Oct 22, 2016 ]
Great cables for 4K HDR from player to tv.Never had a problem yet [ MARK  Sep 18, 2016 ]
They were the appropriate cable and were recommended by the advisor [ R  Sep 10, 2016 ]
These seem to be working fine and used to upgrade my older previous HDMI cables due to the purchase of a new receiver. [ James  Sep 05, 2016 ]
I respect Crutchfield's opinion. [ James  Sep 04, 2016 ]
I'm setting up a new Samsung 4k UHD TV, Blu-ray player, and A/V receiver. [ Michael  Sep 02, 2016 ]
Needed a quality HDMI cable. It was recommended by sales staff. [ David  Aug 27, 2016 ]
It was suggested and I'll need it for sure. [ David  Aug 12, 2016 ]
Recommended for the TV I purchased. [ Jimmy  Aug 08, 2016 ]
Buddy suggested it. Buddy's Bio: [ ALAN C  Aug 01, 2016 ]
These seemed to be a high quality cable that will meet all the specs for my HDTV. Chatted with 'Dolly' about this selection and she reassured me that they would do the trick. She mentioned that cable distance is critical when selecting the type cable to use. Given I only need 6ft, these will work well for me. Dolly's Bio: [ John  Jun 25, 2016 ]
I think is a good items [ Juan Rodolfo  Jun 11, 2016 ]
I'm currently using one right now to play music files from my laptop to my sound system. The sound is fantastic and the video seems to be a little more crisp and vivid. Not bad for the price. [ Stephen  May 29, 2016 ]
so i can immeditly hook my blueray and t.v to my new product [ richard  May 23, 2016 ]
Needed for quality connection. [ Daniel  May 09, 2016 ]
Because it was High Rated [ Barbara  May 08, 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: [ 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 ]
Ditto [ KEVIN  Jun 20, 2017 ]
Recommendation from Kristina, my specialist, who is fantastic [ RAJANI  May 24, 2017 ]
Design Center Recommended [ wade  Apr 05, 2017 ]
recommendation of crutchfield technician on chat [ K  Mar 08, 2017 ]
needed good quality with and the length to work into new built in cabinets [ Greg  Feb 28, 2017 ]
I needed new HDMI cables and this was the most popular one. [ SAMUEL B  Feb 17, 2017 ]
Brand reputation. Very fair price. I've dealt with Crutchfield before, and you guys are very reputable. [ Michael  Jan 21, 2017 ]
Good price [ Enrique  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Tony from Crutchfield suggested [ ERIN  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Crutchfield support recommendation. [ Marc  Oct 28, 2016 ]
Because of the 4k blue ray player -- spoke with Hunter [ Mark  Oct 10, 2016 ]
Recommended by a Crutchfield advisor to work with my new 4K TV. Good build quality and price point. [ Terri  Jun 28, 2016 ]
The reviews are good, and length was too [ david  May 13, 2016 ]
spending money on equipment so need to match quality with quality. [ Brian  Dec 09, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

This was a bit complicated for me and took some stumbling and bumbling. Let me start with my devices, that correspond to yours: Verizon FIOS set top box, Sony BD/DVD, Apple TV, Yamaha AVR, and LG OLED TV. I'm assuming both your AVR and TV are HDMI Control / ARC capable. A separate optical digital cable did not work for the ARC configuration, so I had to use the designated ARC HDMI port on my TV, connected to the "TV-OUT" HDMI port on my AVR, making sure the "in" arrow on the Pearl HDMI cable connected to the LG TV's input HDMI/ARC port, and the "out" arrow on the cable connected to the AVR's "TV-OUT" port. That left me with 3 available HDMI inputs on the LG TV. Each of the 3 source devices was connected using Pearl cables with the "out" arrow connected to the HDMI OUT ports on the devices (DVD, Set Top, Apple TV) and corresponding "IN" arrow to an HDMI input on the LG TV. HDMI Control and ARC configuration parameters had to be set up on both the AVR and TV. But for me it works great! A single device remote is all that I need now, to control all my source inputs - On, Off, Volume, with all sound via my AVR's Home Theatre, and even the FIOS TV's channel selection, menus and guide ! Just one remote (in my case the remote supplied with the LG TV)! Worth the effort. [ LEON  Jan 05, 2017 ]
Arrow pointing from the source towards the AVR. [ Brian  Jan 05, 2017 ]
Arrow Down end plugs into the main source and arrow up plugs in to Denon Avr. [ Richard  Jan 05, 2017 ]
The Audioquest Pearl HDMI cable is CMG/FT4 rated for in-wall installation, but it does not carry a CL3 certification. If you would like to discuss other HDMI cables with a CL3 in-wall rating, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps! [ Larry  Feb 15, 2017 ]  Staff

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