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AudioQuest Chocolate

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

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Our take on the AudioQuest Chocolate

If you want to take advantage of the very latest technologies, you'll need an advanced HDMI cable like the AudioQuest Chocolate. 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 Chocolate will prepare your system for the most cutting-edge features available today, as well as what's on the way.

If you want to take advantage of the very latest technologies, you'll need an advanced HDMI cable like the AudioQuest Chocolate. 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 Chocolate will prepare your system for the most cutting-edge features available today, as well as what's on the way.

Supports 4K video

Chocolate falls in the middle of AudioQuest's line of HDMI cables. 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.

AudioQuest Chocolate is fully backward-compatible with HDMI 1.3 and earlier cables. Bit Error Rate testing ensures that every cable passes signals as accurately as possible.

Silver-plated solid core conductors for better signal transfer

AudioQuest is known for their superior build quality, and their Chocolate HDMI cables are no exception. They use high-purity copper, solid-core conductors plated with a very thin layer of silver. High-frequency HDMI audio and video signals travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductors. 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. It's a cost-effective way to build a very high-performance HDMI cable.

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, silver-plated copper conductors (silver layer is 2.5% of total conductor)
  • solid polyethylene insulation
  • braided jacket
  • gold-plated contacts resist corrosion
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

Finishing out all my connections for 4k in my HT set up. All connections are Chocolate and am seeing great results. Works great with my new Cambridge Blu-ray and Samsung 75 inch QLED, both also from Crutchfield.

MO, Charlotte, NC

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HDMI 2.0 Certified: The AudioQuest Chocolate 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).

High Quality Construction: The AudioQuest Chocolate HDMI cable features high quality construction to maximize video and audio performance.

  • Solid 2.5% Silver Conductors: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications, like HDMI audio and video. 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
  • 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. Chocolate 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. All signal conductors controlled for digital-audio direction in AudioQuest HDMI cables, and care is even taken to run the conductors used in the Audio Return Channel in the opposite direction to ensure the best performance for that application. Arrows are clearly marked on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality.

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Quality [ Jeffrey  Aug 18, 2018 ]
I upgraded HDMI from pearl to cinnamon and the difference from the cable box was amazing. So I decided to just buy the step up from there for my cable box and my 4k Blu-ray player. I will return the cinnamon to BB once I get these. [ GREGG  Mar 08, 2018 ]
Product quality [ Wayne G.  Jan 25, 2018 ]
Previously worked well with my 4K components [ Michael  Oct 01, 2017 ]
Review comments [ John  Apr 03, 2017 ]
I need a good quality cable. [ Laura  Mar 10, 2017 ]
Best of the best! [ PAUL  Feb 05, 2017 ]
Wanted a quality cable for under $100. [ Maurice  Nov 28, 2016 ]
I picked this HDMI cable for the audio out jack from my Pioneer Blu-ray player to the Marantz surround receiver. This will give me high end sound. [ Keith Barringto  Nov 15, 2016 ]
I needed an HDMI cable that meet HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 performance and you recommended this one. [ William  Jun 26, 2016 ]
I've purchased their cables before and researched them versus other manufacturers... I believe they are of good quality, but too expensive [ V  Apr 27, 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 ]
Good reviews in stereo-audiophile mags [ HOYT  Dec 31, 2015 ]
best value for performance [ Milan  Apr 27, 2018 ]
I wanted the best HDMI cables. [ Thomas  Feb 08, 2018 ]
CONSIDERED CINNAMON BUT DECIDED TO KICK IT UP ANOTCH [ GARY  Feb 07, 2018 ]
I understand audioquest chocolate is the best - I'll see about that very soom [ Kenneth  Jan 05, 2018 ]
Build quality [ michael  Oct 18, 2017 ]
AudioQuest is the best, period. [ John  Jun 28, 2017 ]
Recommended by a friend in the video field [ Steven  May 29, 2017 ]
The best cable by far! [ Jeffrey  Feb 28, 2017 ]
good reviews--good for -4-k tv upgrade [ thomas  Oct 06, 2016 ]
Best Cables [ Jose  Sep 30, 2016 ]
Appears to be high quality and heavy enough to adequately support 4K signal. [ Roy  Apr 15, 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 ]
Mid-level product by Audio Quest. [ JAY  Feb 16, 2016 ]
wanted a good cable [ Thomas  Jan 10, 2016 ]
Top quality cable with noticeable visual and audio differences over lower level cables. [ HARVEY  May 11, 2017 ]
I use Audioquest HDMI cables for a superior picture and sound. [ RONALD  Jan 18, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

I'am not sure. My cable is connected outside the wall. I guess you could run it thru the wall, just make sure you keep the plastic protectors on when going thru the wall to protect the connector from being damaged. Just make sure you take them off before making your connections to your devices. [ RONALD  Feb 11, 2016 ]
Love it. [ STEPHEN M  Feb 11, 2016 ]
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