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If you want to take advantage of the very latest technologies, you'll need an advanced HDMI cable like the AudioQuest Chocolate. It's rated "High Speed with Ethernet," so it can carry the highest-resolution video available — all the way up to 4K at 60 frames per second. Connecting your components with AQ Chocolate will prepare your system for the most cutting-edge features available today, as well as what's on the way.
Chocolate falls in the middle of AudioQuest's line of HDMI cables. It's made with premium materials throughout to maximize the crystal-clear picture and sound quality available from the latest high-definition digital sources. AudioQuest HDMI cables are designed to carry 100% of the data required for all of HDMI's current audio/video features including 1080p and 4K video, HDR, and multichannel high-resolution audio.
AudioQuest Chocolate is fully backward-compatible with HDMI 1.3 and earlier cables. Bit Error Rate testing ensures that every cable passes signals as accurately as possible.
AudioQuest is known for their superior build quality, and their Chocolate HDMI cables are no exception. They use high-purity copper, solid-core conductors plated with a very thin layer of silver. High-frequency HDMI audio and video signals travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductors. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. It's a cost-effective way to build a very high-performance HDMI cable.
Teresa, Brookings, OR
Average Customer Review(s):
Only cables I have ever used. Bottom line.. the cable does what is it supposed to do.
Great sound using this cable!
It's all about seeing and hearing and upgrading to Audioquest will bring you to the highest level for both. Finished upgrading all of my home theater cables to Audioquest. Every time I added a new cable the results were fantastic. When you listen to your system long enough you are able to recognize every single nuance whether it be the highs or lows or mids. These cables take you to a new level. Upgrading to the Chocolate really did boost the brilliance of my 4k Sony. Like I said, I updated all of my cabling and I am totally satisfied.
Finishing out all my connections for 4k in my HT set up. All connections are Chocolate and am seeing great results. Works great with my new Cambridge Blu-ray and Samsung 75 inch QLED, both also from Crutchfield.
Pros: Very satisfied with the picture and sound. Truly a fantastic "middle of the road" cable.
I will admit I knew pretty much nothing about HDMI cables until I purchased a new Samsung 4K TV, Samsung best soundbar and Sony 4K player, and used my old cables and thought my new TV was defective. Image quality was terrible. I found myself constantly having to adjust color, etc. Almost everything looked like cartoons. I spoke with my local cable company tech guy and he laughed and said it was definitely my junk cables. He suggested AudioQuest cables from Crutchfield. After my initial shock of how much good cables cost I ordered all new AudioQuest Forest cables. WOW! WOW! I was absolutely amazed at the image quality by just changing cables! Audio quality was also noticeably improved by far. I was so impressed with the AudiQuest Forest cables and after speaking with a Crutchfield rep that I ended up ordering an AudioQuest Chocolate cable for 4K player to TV - once again a noticeable improvement. These cables are not cheap, but I don't see how you could go without them.
Pros: Amazing image quality.
Cons: Very expensive, but worth it.
Very nice cable. The picture improved dramatically in my living room
Pros: Good build quality
Going from a Blu-ray to a basic 4K TV/monitor has been problematic, even though they are both Samsung and are only about a year old. I've had picture degradation plus occasional horizontal bars despite all efforts to fix that. I talked to a Crutchfield technician who suggested I buy this Chocolate HDMI cable, which is very expensive, but also very good. He was right, and this quality cable fixed most of my picture problems.
Pros: Excellent HDMI cable
Cons: Expensive, but worth the expense
A vast improvement on my cable channel HD with the blacks.
Pros: Great quality
Pros: better picture and sound
Huge improvment in both video and audio signals. Wonderful service from Crutchfield staff as always. Definitely recommend and buy again.
Pros: Both sound and video improvments.
i swapt out my old monster hdmi cable for this AQ chocolate, this one is much more flexible and light weight, witch is a plus in my book , also I did notice better image quality with this new cable
Pros: Better imagine quality
picture does look crisper with this cable Vs monster high speed cable
Pros: Crisper picture
High quality cable to get that little extra for all you audio/videophiles. Crutchfield is the best for all your tech needs. Fast and efficient with knowledgeable people.
Pros: Quality product
Cons: Cost is high for minimal upgrade
These HDMI cables make a big difference in picture quality and sound. The color potential these cables provide are unmatched.
Pros: Good construction, high quality performance.
If you have Decent AV equipment Audio Quest cables will make a difference, with HDMI Chocolate & up is where you will really start to see and here the difference. IMO there are two types of people, ones who have used higher end cables and those who have not. I was a long time sceptic until I tried them. ARcam AVR 550 &. Oppo DVD player.
Pros: Good Build quality which produces a great picture and sound when couples to decent equipment. Good overall Value
This cable greatly improved the picture on my LG OLED television.
Pros: Crisp detail, excellent picture quality
Since installing the Chocolate HDMI cable on my 10 year old HD TV, the picture has never looked better.
Pros: Excellent picture, high quality product
This cable was such a waste of money. It was recommended by a few guys at the "local" electronics store when I bought my $2k Samsung 4K tv so I gave it a shot and there was no difference at all between this and the monster high speed cable I already had. If it just makes you feel better knowing you paid more than go for it, but if you are looking for mind blowing changes don't waste your time or money.
Cons: doesn't make a difference just because it costs a lot.
I have all Chocolate HDMI cables in my home center 5 cables in all. Things Look better now that have all Chocolate Cables.
Pros: Top of the line.
Good Cable, but not necessary. I didn't notice much, if any difference from my old Monster Cable. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have a well built cable.
Pros: Well built, clean, good picture.
Cons: Price, may not be worth the cost...
High quality cable.... could tell a difference in the sound and picture. Would buy again in a heartbeat.
Pros: Quality made.
A great cable at a reasonable price without breaking the bank.
Pros: AudioQuest has excellent build quality and flexible jacket for tight locations.
Upgrade your cables to AudioQuest! Great signal transfer and superb build quality. This is a perfect mid-grade cable that won't break the bank!
Pros: Build quality and superb jitter free signal transfer.
As I experienced with previous audioquest products, this hdmi cable does its advertised job of providing a heightened viewing experience. A very good product indeed!
Pros: Picture quality!!
I read many articles on the web that said "expensive HDMI cables were a waste of money, after all it is just 0's and 1's". I decided against premium HDMI cables, all those reviews couldn't be wrong? I had just bought a Panasonic 55 inch TC-P55VT50 and paired it with the top of the line OPPO Blu Ray Player. I was talking to an advisor from another high end retailer and he suggested I upgrade the HDMI cables to chocolate because I had purchsed both a high end Plasma TV and Blu Ray player and he was confident I would benefit from the cable upgrade. I was skeptical. I had bought my HDMI cables from Crutchfield and knew I could try the upgraded cables and if I didn't see an improvement I could return them. I was using the HDMI cable provided with the OPPO player. I noticed that the audio/video was not perfictly synced especially noticable on music videos. Once I hooked up the Choclate HDMI cables I immediately noticed the video and audio was now synced. For the first time I didn't have to adjust the lip sync feature on the amp. Picture quality improved. The colors were not as over saturated and the overall picture was sharper. My friends said it was the placebo effect (gimme a break) but you can't argue with the video audio sync. I spoke to an advisor, he said the better the equipment the greater the value of premium cables. I was so impressed I ordered a cable for my Apple TV. I suggest you try it for youself, you can always return them. After trying them, I'm a believer.
Pros: Definately improved video and audio sync and I'm convienced better overall picture quality
Cons: Price.... but it was worth every penny
I selected the cable from other sources for recommended use with a new HD TV It performed as flawlessly. The purchase price, informational processing and expedient delivery from Crutchfield was outstanding. I have no complaints.
HDMI 2.0 Certified: The AudioQuest Chocolate HDMI cable fully complies with the HDMI 2.0 specification and supports the ultra high speed 18Gbps bandwidth for 4K UHD, HDR, high resolution multichannel audio, ARC, and Ethernet compatibility.
Note: AudioQuest HDMI cables over 8 meters (26' 3") are only standard speed with support up to 1080p video (not 4K).
High Quality Construction: The AudioQuest Chocolate HDMI cable features high quality construction to maximize video and audio performance.
Directionality:All AQ HDMI cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest HDMI cable. All signal conductors controlled for digital-audio direction in AudioQuest HDMI cables, and care is even taken to run the conductors used in the Audio Return Channel in the opposite direction to ensure the best performance for that application. Arrows are clearly marked on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality.
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