QED debuts hybrid Optical Ultra High Speed HDMI cable

posted on Tuesday, 22nd February 2022 by Steve May

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British audio specialists QED has launched a new Performance Optical Ultra High Speed HDMI cable, designed to transfer a maximum compressed video resolution of up to 48Gb/s 10K@120Hz over long cable runs of 7.5 to 20 metres in length.

Specified to handle all modern day AV installations, this HDMI 2.1-certified cable can handle all current HDMI standards, including uncompressed 48Gb/s 8K@60Hz video resolution, Dolby Atmos audio and HDR (High Dynamic Range) picture technology.

Compliant with HDCP 2.2 and with full CEC, DDC, HDR, HEC and eARC compatibility, the new cable employs a hybrid design which combines copper core with optical fibre that resists data degradation over extremely long length, without the need for an external power supply.

Pure copper conductor cables three metres in length or more will cause the 48 Gb/s HDMI signal to break down where it would no longer be reliably decoded at the other end. By replacing four of the nineteen copper cores with optical fibre, data transmissions will be unaffected by losses, due to impedance mismatch, or timing variances, due to crosstalk, over longer cable runs.

Professional installers looking to conceal the cable within the structure of a building will appreciate the cable’s Low Smoke Zero Halogen jacket, and that all internal components are all certified and fully compliant with the latest EN 50575:2014 regulations. This covers cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements which are now in force throughout the UK and EU.

QED says all its HDMI cables undergo mandatory testing at an HDMI Forum Authorised Testing Centre to ensure compatibility with the new 2.1 video standards and low levels of electromagnetic radiation, to reduce the possibility of interference with wireless networks, streaming media players, Bluetooth devices and mobile phones.

To simplify installation, each plug is clearly labelled ‘Display’ and ‘Source’ to ensure the cable is always installed correctly.

QED-Performance HDMI
The cable is priced:

7.5M – £139.95
10M – £159.95
12M – £179.95
15M – £199.95
20M – £249.95

For any cable length requirements over 20 metres, QED offers the Performance Optical HDMI LSZH cable for transmission video speeds of 48Gb/s 8K@60Hz over 30 metre (£299.95), 40 metre (£349.95) and 50 metre (£399.95) runs.

The cable is available at QED.co.uk.

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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