High-speed, low-jitter CAT-7 Ethernet cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)
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Our take on the AudioQuest Forest by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Designed for high-definition digital audio
Ethernet is a great way to move digital media — photos, movies, and music — around your home. Unlike other types of digital data, audio requires precise timing of the signal to produce maximum musical realism. For sending digital audio from Point A to Point B, AudioQuest's Forest Ethernet cable offers several advantages: high-speed, plus extremely low timing jitter and time delay (latency). You can count on bit-perfect transfer over significant distances (up to 328 feet without an active booster or repeater).
Superior engineering and construction
Forest uses eight solid copper conductors, and each wire is silver-plated, which benefits high-frequency applications like audio. Signals at these frequencies travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. Because the surface of each conductor is made of high-purity silver, the cable's performance is close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to a solid copper cable.
Any solid material adjacent to a conductor actually becomes part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation absorbs energy (loss), and some of this energy is stored and then later released as distortion. Solid High-Density Polyethylene Insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry while minimizing insulation-induced phase distortion.
- high-quality Ethernet cable
- high-speed CAT-7 design (up to 10-gigabit bandwidth)
- for use with computers, NAS drives, cable and DSL modems, routers, and more
- silver-plated solid copper conductors for superior sound quality (silver layer is 0.5% of total conductor)
- individually shielded wire pairs minimize crosstalk between pairs
- Solid High-Density Polyethylene Insulation minimizes insulation-induced phase distortion
- rugged PVC jacket
- gold-plated RJ-45 connectors with 100% shield coverage
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 5' Ethernet cable (w/ a male RJ-45 connector on each end)
It's ethernet, I know. I felt foolish buying it too but for the money and considering the money I have in the other cables, then why not. The quality seems great as always with Audioquest.
Crg, Birmingham, MI
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Ethernet Cat-7 Cable: Ethernet Cat-7 is the ideal cable for fast internet downloads, multi-player PC games, and movie or music streaming. AudioQuest's Forest series Ethernet cable meets or exceeds the highest industry CAT-7 specifications. This Ethernet cable will deliver speeds up to 10 Gbps and uses individually shielded pairs to minimize crosstalk.
Solid 0.5% Silver Conductors: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated copper conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications, like Ethernet audio. These signals, being such a high frequency travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable.
Solid-High-Density Polyethylene Insulation: Solid High-Density Polyethylene Insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry while minimizing insulation-induced phase distortion.
RJ-45 Connectors (Directional): A gold-plated, nickel RJ-45 connector with 100% shield coverage is used on each end of the Ethernet cable. These gold-plated, nickel connectors maximize signal transfer and resist corrosion. Arrows are clearly marked on the RJ-45 connectors to ensure superior sound quality. For best results have the arrow pointing in the direction of the flow of music. For example, NAS to Router, Router to Network Player.
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Why did you buy this?
Quality. [ Mark Aug 26, 2016 ]
quality [ juanito Sep 25, 2016 ]
I have read good reviews about this cable. Thanks David [ David Dec 28, 2015 ]
I trust Crutchfield's products [ Joseph Jul 07, 2018 ]
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