AudioQuest introduces a new HDMI cable. Amusedly named Cherry Cola, this is a high-end cable which offers a solution for long-length HDMI applications – up to 100 feet / 30,5m. Cherry Cola is a fiber-optic “AOC” (Active Optical Cable) that carries 18 Gbps of 4K Ultra HD + HDR or other 18 Gbps data packages over 100 feet with the same high-end performance audio and video as over any shorter length.
Yes, “high-end performance audio” is part of the package. While many long-length applications don’t need any audio, many do, and Cherry Cola is a full-fledged member of the “you can always hear the difference with AudioQuest” family.
Among the important ingredients are a newly developed advanced electro-optical conversion module and four glass-fiber optical conductors for the A/V signal. The new generation active circuitry is significantly more reliable than in prior generation AOC modules. AudioQuest is often not first to the party for good reasons.
Cherry Cola also employs a sophisticated Noise-Dissipation System combining RF noise-absorbing Carbon and RF noise-draining by directionality-controlled silverplated conductors.
For applications where needed, Cherry Cola’s Plenum-rated jacket is make-or-break important.
For all applications, that Cherry Cola is Self-Powered (by attached components) makes life a lot easier than having to use external power sources.
As with any long-length HDMI cable, we recommend testing Cherry Cola with the specific components before installation. While Cherry Cola is even less sensitive to compatability issues than Active Equalization copper cables, all hardware combinations are vulnerable to compatibility issues. AQ has always referred to cables as being a component – this is even more true with Active cables.
Available as of July 2018, a Cherry Cola 5m length cable retails for CAD $799,95 while a 10m length cable retails for only CAD $899,95 and other lengths of cable are available at various prices according to its length. www.audioquest.com
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(As originally published in TED mag@zine in 2016-01)
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