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Comprehensive Intros Pro AV/IT HD18 Cables

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Comprehensive Connectivity Company launches the Pro AV/IT HD18G series of 4K60 4:4:4 HDMI over fibre plenum cables designed for system integration and other commercial applications.

Comprehensive cableThe cables offer a low smoke and fire-retardant plenum jacket, as well as UHD, 18G 4K 60 4:4:4 end to end performance, with high-speed, plug-and-play HDMI signal transmission in lengths of up to 33m. Active components in the connectors perform electrical-to-optical conversion, drawing power from the HDMI port.

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Belkin Strengthens USB-C Cable With Kevlar

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Belkin announces an addition to the Mixit DuraTek durable cable line-- a USB-C cable featuring Kevlar-reinforced conductors and double-braided nylon shielding on the outside.

Belkin USB cableThe USB-C cable is certified by both the USB Implementers Forum, and includes a 5-year limited warranty. The length is 1.2m, and it comes in pink, gold, silver and black colours. The Kevlar used in the conductors is the same used in a broad range of industrial and consumer products, while longer, flexible strain-relief absorbs stress from bending, avoiding breakage.

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Wisdom Audio Intros Premium-Quality Interconnects

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Wisdom Audio announces standard and custom interconnect cable kits as part of its high-end audio product lineup, with each kit featuring "oxygen-free" high-conductivity copper conductors.

Wisdom Audio cablesThe cables also promise protection from cracking and wear, as well as high-speed transmission, through high-grade foam polypropylene insulation. A Star-Quad design offers maximum protection against electrostatic interference, and each wire is numbered for ease and efficiency of installation.

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Chord Company Launches Sarum T Cables

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Chord Company presents the Sarum T-- an update on the flagship Sarum cable range featuring Taylon insulated conductors for what the company claims is a major performance upgrade.

Chord Sarum TThe Sarum T range covers analogue and digital cables, and consists of a mains power cable, analogue interconnect with RCA, XLR or DIN terminations, digital interconnect (S/PDIF, AES/EBU or BNC) and speaker cable with banana or spade connections. All make use of Taylon, the proprietary insulation material first seen in the ChordMusic portfolio.

According to the Chord Company, Taylon originates from communications cables used in the material. As a high-tech alternative to PTFE it is phase-stable at room temperatures, and preserves critical timing information when used in audio cables.

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Xantech Debuts EX Series HDMI Cables

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Xantech announces the EX series HDMI cables at ISE 2017, promising a boost in performance, reliability and value for money with 4K 60 4:4:4 resolution capability with 600MHz pixel rate.

Xantech cable The cables distribute HDR video with bandwidth faster than 18Gbps at 4K@50/60 (2160p), or 4x the resolution of 1080p/60 video. In addition all EX series cables feature patented C-Grip locking connector technology able to resist over 4.5kg of force, virtually eliminating truck rolls caused by loose cables.

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Media Solutions Debuts HDBaseT Test Generator

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Media Solutions announces the MS-TestPro-- the first HDBaseT tester with a built-in HDMI pattern generator, simplifying the in-field performance analysis process of HDBaseT devices, cabling and overall configurations.

MS-TestProThe built-in HDMI pattern generator supports both CEA and DMT resolutions up to 4K/28Hz, making it compatible with virtually every AV source and display device available. A 3.5-inch touchscreen displays basic performance diagnostics for fast analysis of connectivity signals, including go/no-go indication, cable length, pixel clock and Tx/Rx overall performance.

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KanexPro Adds Active Optical Cable

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KanexPro announces the Active Optical Cable (AOC)-- an HDMI 2.0 cable with ethernet up to 18Gbps. It accepts the same electrical inputs as traditional copper cables, but uses optical fibre to extend HDMI signals with zero loss or latency.

KanexPro AOCAccording to the company the AOC handles uncompressed 4K resolution video with 32 audio channels for multi-dimensional immersive audio with up to 1536kHz sample frequency. The cable comes in 30, 50 or 100m lengths, and has an integrated USB connected to draw power from the display and dynamic synchronisation of video and audio streams.

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