Advanced Chord Company HDMI trio put performance first

posted on Wednesday, 11th November 2020 by Steve May

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Chord Company has launched a trio of performance-categorised HDMI cables, positioned in the familiar Chord cable hierarchy: the Clearway HDMI, Shawline HDMI and Epic HDMI respectively. The three newcomers join the existing entry-level c-View HDMI, priced at £35.
The Epic is designed to support 8K playback, 48Gbps transfer rates and advanced chipsets (up to HDMI 2.1), following a lengthy R&D project.

The new HDMI cables, which include copper, optical and hybrid designs, distil 35 years of British cable design and manufacturing, says the company.

The new HDMI cables use the same materials and construction techniques the Wiltshire company has pioneered for audio applications.
Every Chord Company HDMI cable is handmade, and offered in a range of standard lengths. The cables’ advanced specification supports longer lengths a possibility, including custom orders of up to 150m, the Shawline HDMI edition.

The Chrod Clearway HDMI features shielded plugs and copper conductors coated with a skin/foamed polyethylene insulation. Five pairs of conductors are individually shielded, then further protected by a twin aluminium foil outer screen.

This construction allows Chord Company to offer longer runs (0.75m-10m) offering support for: 4K2K; 6Hz 18GBps HDR; HDCP2.2; Deep Colour; Ethernet/audio return; 1080p; 3D and all HDMI audio formats.

Chord Co Shawline HDMI AOC20  Cable

The Shawline HDMI AOC (Active Optical Cables) use True HDMI 2.0 chipset at both ends, plus OM3 grade (over 10 Gb bandwidth) glass fibres, rather than the typical OM2 (up to 1GB bandwidth). In addition to full 4K HDR support, the high-speed Shawline HDMI AOC benefits from the improved audio performance of optical fibre and is immune to HF noise. Shawline HDMI is available in 1-20m standard lengths, with custom lengths of up to 150m available by special order.

The flagship Epic HDMI AOC is an 8K-compatible optical/copper hybrid with HF noise protection. Copper elements have been uprated for improved mechanical isolation and the advanced HDMI 2.1 chipset offers the maximum performance. It’s this which makes the Epic ideal for demanding custom install projects, says the company.

Unlike TOSLINK cables, where the entire signal is carried down optical fibres, HDMI AOC cable is an advanced hybrid of seven copper cables and four optical fibres. The advantage of optical fibre is that it doesn’t pick up HF noise, unlike copper. This potential weakness, coupled with the longer cable lengths involved, means that HF noise on the signal earth is inevitable.

Beneath the external PVC jacket, the company has incorporated a double aluminium foil shielding system to optimise performance.

Chord Co Epic AOC

"The entire team at Chord Company is delighted to launch this range of high-performance HDMI cables to AV lovers following an exhaustive R&D period spanning years rather than months,” says Doug Maxwell, Chord Company’s Sales Director. “Our engineers have been able to apply the lessons learned in 35 years of British cable manufacturing to this trio of new HDMIs and so we’re thrilled to be able to offer the benefits or Chord Company quality to discerning movie, TV and gaming fans all over the world.”

The Clearway HDMI is available from £60, the Shawline HDMI £250 and the Epic HDMI from £500, in these lengths: Clearway 0.75-10m; Shawline and Epic: 1m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 8m, 10m, 15m and 20m standard lengths. Custom lengths of up to 100m (Epic) and 150m (Shawline) by special order.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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