AudioQuest Pearl HDMI Cable
Audioquest Pearl HDMI provides outstanding performance and features and offers superb value at this price.
0.6m to 15.0m (49 Feet) Carry Full HDMI 2.0 4K + HDR, 18Gbps. 10.0m - 15.0m Active
Embodying all of AudioQuest's core philosophies on cable design. It employs solid Long-Grain Copper conductors, Solid High-Density Polyethylene Insulation, and precise geometry. Specific attention has been paid to maximizing the performance of HDMI, and indeed, AudioQuest’s HDMI cables push sonic performance to new levels.
The first thing you notice when you touch the Pearl is the build quality. The next thing you notice when you plug it in is the performance. Offering 3D capability, audio return channel and Ethernet compatibility, it's an ideal first upgrade cable.
Winning the What HiFi best HDMI cable awards for 2011, this is a cable you must consider.
The HDMI standard was created to transfer uncompressed digital audio and video. A HDMI cables many internal conductors include communication channels, which allow automatic display and source matching for resolution, format and aspect ratio.
To transfer full-resolution 1080p video requires using the HDMI interface. Component video outputs are limited to 720p or 1080i.
Standard Speed HDMI cable will at-minimum transfer 1080i, 720p, 1080p/30Hz source material.
High Speed HDMI cable will in addition transfer 1080p/120Hz, 4K, 3D video.
With Ethernet HDMI cable (with HEC) includes conductors for bi-directional Ethernet communication. Ethernet capability is independent of Speed capability.
SOLID LONG-GRAIN COPPER CONDUCTORS (LGC):
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.
SOLID HIGH-DENSITY 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 later released as distortion. Solid High-Density Polyethylene Insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry while minimizing insulation-induced phase distortion.
HIGH SPEED DATA CAPACITY:
All AudioQuest HDMI cables up to 10 meters meet or exceed the 10.2 Gbps maximum data rate for HDMI and are approved High Speed with Ethernet 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.
ETHERNET AND AUDIO RETURN CHANNEL ENABLED:
All AudioQuest HDMI cables up to 10 meters are rated High Speed with Ethernet. From 12 meters to 20 meters AudioQuest HDMI cables are Standard Speed with Ethernet.
All audio cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest audio 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.