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AudioQuest Pearl

"High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable, in-wall rated (8 meters/26.2 feet)

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Overview

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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 — 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 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.

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
  • 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

What's in the Box:

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

Great cable! Amazing picture.

Damon, Ogden, UT

Reviews

AudioQuest Pearl Reviews

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(18 Reviews)

AudioQuest Pearl

Damon from Ogden, UT on 4/1/2018

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Great cable! Amazing picture.

Pros: Awesome quality and picture.

Cons: None

Great product

Kevin from Oxford, AL on 2/28/2018

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Great product

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Anonymous from Geneseo, IL on 7/14/2017

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Works perfect. I am using to connect a Xbox one and a DVD player to a Sony 4K uhd tv. Picture and sound is awesome. I highly recommend for anyone needing a high quality hdmi cable.

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Great Sound

Brian from Saratoga Springs, NY on 5/20/2017

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Quality product. You definitely get what you pay for!

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Anonymous from Springfield, pa on 2/11/2017

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Works perfectly, great picture.

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Duz What It Sez!

Kerry from Tyler, TX on 12/30/2016

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I am very impressed with the made quality of this HDMI AudioQuest Pearl cable. It takes up a little more room and is a little less flexible than "normal" HDMI cable. Not an issue with me. Oh, and did I mention that it works great with my new 4K projector! Four Stars!

Pros: It works!

Cons: None

AudioQuest Pearl

Anonymous from Shawnee, KS on 11/12/2016

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The Audio Quest Pearl HDMI cable has performed as expected. The distance I needed to cover was pretty long at 20 feet. This cable is 26 feet and the video quality is first rate. I would recommend this cable to others.

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Anonymous from Ann Arbor, MI on 8/15/2016

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Well packaged, easy to pull through walls. Delivers performance as promised

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Chuck G from New Lenox, IL on 7/11/2016

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This cable is really high quality and works awesome.

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AudioQuest Pearl - 5 meter HDMI cable.

Bill S. from Bothell, WA on 5/19/2016

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Needed a longer HDMI cable to connect my receiver to my TV. I wanted AudioQuest quality to assure all would work properly. It worked perfectly!

Pros: Quality product. Thick, but flexible.

Cons: None.

Works as it should

Jim S from Virginia on 10/3/2015

Quality product

Pros: Works great

Cons: Price

Great cable, worth the price

Josh from Fredericksburg, VA on 5/26/2014

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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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Matt from Horntown, VA on 2/1/2014

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Great quality cable.

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HelenS from Houston, Texas on 9/29/2013

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Great Product

Pros: Easy to install and good qulity

Cons: None

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Christopher from Huachuca City, AZ on 8/18/2013

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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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Mr Bean from FL on 8/31/2011

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Good performance and price

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HDMI CABLE-#703 PEARL 8M

R. STILIHA from STRATFORD,CT. on 6/23/2011

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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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rick f from richland on 1/31/2011

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Zero probleems - but am I pushing it hard enuf to rate it

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Features

HDMI 2.0 Certified: The AudioQuest Pearl HDMI cable fully complies with the HDMI 2.0 specification and supports the ultra high speed 18Gbps bandwidth for 4K UHD, HDR, high resolution multichannel audio, ARC, and Ethernet compatibility.

  • 4K UHD: Supports resolutions up to 4K@50/60 (2160p), which is 4x the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution, for the ultimate video experience. With stunning 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) detail is strikingly sharper.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): High Dynamic Range (HDR) reproduces a wider range of brightness levels than conventional video, which brings a deeper contrast to the screen, greater color intensity without being oversaturated, and incredible detail in low-light images. Watching movies and TV shows mastered in HDR will give you a vivid new viewing experience filled with brilliant color and dramatic contrast.
  • High Resolution Multichannel Audio: Supports lossless high resolution multichannel audio - including Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, and DTS HD.
  • Audio Return Channel (ARC): 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.
  • Ethernet Enabled: Provides high-speed networking to it HDMI link, allowing you to take full advantage of your IP-enabled devices without a separate Ethernet cable.
Note: AudioQuest HDMI cables over 8 meters (26' 3") are only standard speed with support up to 1080p video (not 4K).

Quality Construction: The Pearl HDMI cable features quality construction to maximize video and audio performance.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Why did you buy this?

Research indicated they are high quality. [ John  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Connecting OPPO 203 to LG OLED via Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A870 and wanted a quality HDMI cable with out breaking the bank. I have been very happy with AudioQuest in the past. [ Steven  Nov 08, 2017 ]
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 ]
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