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"High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable, in-wall rated (8 meters/26.2 feet)
Our take on the AudioQuest Pearl by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
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.
Supports 3D TV and 4K
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 all of HDMI's current audio/video features including 1080p and 4K video, HDR, and multichannel high-resolution audio. (For the most data-intensive sources, like 4K with HDR, Crutchfield recommends a maximum length of 5 meters for copper-based HDMI cables.)
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.
Safe for in-wall installation
If you want a clean, professional look with your custom home theater system, in-wall cables are a great option. This HDMI cable from AudioQuest can be safely run inside your walls and ceilings.
Quality product. You definitely get what you pay for!
Brian, Saratoga Springs, NY
What's in the Box:
- 8-Meter HDMI-to-HDMI cable (with clear plastic protectors on each connector)
- 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
- 24-gauge solid-core, high-purity Long Grain Copper conductors for superior signal transfer
- solid polyethylene insulation
- white, in-wall rated 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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Why did you buy this?
Quality product for a great price [ BRIAN Apr 23, 2017 ]
Good brand , high quality product [ Fyodor Nov 13, 2016 ]
AudioQuest quality in the length I needed. [ Myron May 06, 2016 ]
The color (white) will blend in with the light carpet and wall paint in my home. [ greyscale Apr 21, 2016 ]
Looking for a quality high speed HDMI cable. [ Mario Mar 28, 2016 ]
Rated best hdmi cable for long runs [ Donna Aug 02, 2016 ]
reliable [ om Jul 11, 2016 ]
to link my projector to my receiver through the wall [ N May 19, 2016 ]
I bought a set of chocolate cables before and bought other cables at same price range and did not hold up like the audioquest chocolate so I figured pearl has to be as good [ Sergio Feb 10, 2016 ]