|Ultralink/XLO Cables Meet 1.3b Standards|
|Home Theater News Cables News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 04 September 2007|
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Ultralink/XLO Products, Incorporated - one of the industry's fastest growing manufacturers of audio/video interconnects, cables and power products announces the certification of their HDMI cables that guarantee complete compliance with the new HDMI Ver. 1.3b specifications during CEDIA EXPO this week in Denver, Co.
Well known for their proprietary engineering and performance-driven manufacturing of A/V cables and speaker wire, Ultralink showcases their HDMI cables - all of which are compliant with the new HDMI 1.3b specifications - in five separate lines of products - CS1, Challenger-2, Matrix-2, Advanced Performance and HDMI Pro Platinum MkII. Like all Ultralink products, all of their HDMI cables remain true to Ultralink's SDS(tm) (Signal Delivery System) philosophy, where every cable is specifically optimized for the type of signal it carries to ensure the best possible performance.
HDMI 1.3b Bandwidth Requirements
Part of the HDMI specification requires enough bandwidth to support all current HDTV formats, however, the HDMI ver. 1.3b spec increases its single-link bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps) to support the demands for future HD display devices that could provide higher resolutions, Deep Color and higher frame rates. Moreover, HDMI 1.3b provides the highest audio quality as it enables the full, lossless audio data of Dolby TrueHD to be transferred digitally to AV Receiver's. All of Ultralink's current HDMI cables passed the Compliance Test Specification (CTS) ensuring they meet all bandwidth specifications for current and future HD formats.
Five Series of Ultralink HDMI
Available in all five of their product series, Ultralink HDMI cables are impedance matched with multiple twisted pair arrays. Ultralink HDMI cables are constructed with various advanced conductor metallurgy including Lab Grade 6N copper (99.99997% pure) and silver plated 6N copper. Higher-grade conductor ensures the best transmission of all the fine details required of an HDMI cable. Moreover, 6N copper is extremely flexible and reliable to terminate. This is particularly important in cable constructs like HDMI that carry critical low-level, high bandwidth data such as HD video signals. Ultralink also uses a proprietary process that micro-welds the conductor to the pins, requiring less injection of foreign metal into the signal path. Terminations are injection molded with 24K gold-plated connectors.
The entry-level CS1(r) Series HDMI cables are quad-shielded, with two full braids and two AL Mylar foils. There are five lengths available ranging from 1 meter to 5 meters in length with prices starting at $30 retail.
The Challenger-2(r) Series HDMI cables use the same quad shielding as the CS1, with an improved proprietary high density PE dielectric insulation. This series also offers 1 meter to 5 meters lengths with prices starting at $50 retail.
The Matrix-2(r) Series HDMI cables are almost identical in construction to the Challenger-2 Series. What makes the Matrix-2 a step-above is the use of costlier materials in critical performance areas but what's visibly different is the modern, transparent outer jacket that allows you to look at the internal construction. Also, available in lengths from 1 meter to 5 meters, the Matrix-2 HDMI cables come with prices starting at $60 retail.