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Kramer Intros Pull-Resistant Cables

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K-LockKramer launches K-Lock-- a pull-resistant connector the company claims provides up to 6.8kg of retaining force via small springs on the surface of the connector holding the cable tightly in place.

According to Kramer lower-gauge (thicker) cables weigh down cable connectors, and pulling them out of the socket has a substantial impact on final results. After all, even slight tension can result in signal loss, and chances for signal loss increase the longer the distances involved are.

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HDBaseT Recommendation for Tru Cables

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Flexible and Specialist Cables (FSC) announces the TruHD range HDBaseT-certified Cat5E and Cat6 cables in a variety of colours, all for sale under of the Tru cable brand.

HDbaseT cablesTested and certified by the HDBaseT Alliance, the cables are ideal for high speed data networks across homes or buildings. As one knows, the HDBaseT standard allows HD video, audio, ethernet, power and control signal distribution over a single cable for up to 100m.

TruHD cables ship as 305m "reel in a box" packages to maintain cable quality, prevent snags and enable easy pull when routing.

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ICE Cables get HDBase-T Certified

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ICE CableThe ICE Cable Systems Cat-5e and Cat-6 product range gets HDBaseT certification, meaning the cables can perform as per HDBaseT Alliance specifications.

The HDBaseT 5PLay feature set carries uncompressed HD video, audio, ethernet, power and control signals over a single LAN cable.

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The 4K Up-Conversion HDMI Cable

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Seiki U-VisionSeiki launches a product promising to "unlock the full potential of 4K/UHD TVs"-- the U-Vision HDMI cable able to "up-convert" HD content from STBs or Blu-ray players for "dramatic image quality enhancement."

Technically the cable is a standard HDMI cable with a built-in USB-powered Mariseille Networks VTV-1222 upscaler chip. Thus the cable requires a USB port in order to provide "Technicolor 4K Image Certified" noise reduction, edge restoration and detail enhancement.

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"More Accurate" Tributaries Cables

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Tributaries cabelHigh-performance cable maker Tributaries will launch the Series 4 cables at CES 2014, an interconnect cable series handmade at the company's Orlando, Florida HQ.

The Series 4 cables promise a level of performance superior to the company's previous Series 3 and 5 cables through a new internal design and updated exterior sheathes.

According to Tributaries the cables incorporate a twisted-pair geometry with solid-core conductors producing more accurate information transfer. Digital cables use 75 ohm coaxial designs with heavy duty solid conductors.

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FSR’s DR-SOCK Helps Pull Cables

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DR-SockFSR’s new DR-SOCK is a creative cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors.

The DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging and re-useable.

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Key Digital Intros Champion HDMI Cables

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Key Digital cablesKey Digital launches the Champion series HDMI cables-- the KD-HIFI1.5, KD-HIFI3, KD-HIFI6 and KD-HIFI9 models, designed for use in residential applications demanding reliable and easy HDMI connectivity.

The cables handle all the the latest HDMI features, including 4K resolution support, 3D video and Dolby TrueHD, Digital Plus and DTS-HD audio, making them ideal for use with HDTVs, STBs, DVD players, DVRs, game consoles, cameras and PCs.

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