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Terminate HDMI Cables in the Field! AudioQuest Solves HDMI’s Biggest Challenge

Field-terminated HDMI cables? They said it couldn't be done, but AudioQuest's solution lets installers run cable now, terminate later, and maintain the integrity of HDMI.


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The inability to terminate HDMI cable in the field has been the number-one pain point among A/V installers. AudioQuest comes to the rescue.

With that discovery, AudioQuest has decided to implement the new termination techniques across its full line of HDMI cables.

"When you do soldering [in the factory], quality is very hard to control," Lu says. "With us, you just pull the wires through and the integrity is maintained by the mechanical design. The only problem is if you feed the wrong color wire through."

Lest installation technicians make such a silly mistake in the field, new testing tools from AudioQuest will diagnose the error.

Field Termination and HDMI Certification


HDMI Licensing, LLC, the organization that certifies cables for HDMI compliance, has some soul-searching to do.

Lu says that HDMI execs are intrigued by the AudioQuest product but skeptical about certification. The integrity of a cable, after all, is contingent on the quality of the field termination, right?

Lu doesn't buy that argument. Most dealers already run HDMI over field-terminated Cat 5 cables, he explains.

He says that AudioQuest is working with HDMI Licensing to figure out a way to certify field-terminated cables.

Hallelujah for Field Terminated Cable!


The inability to terminate HDMI cable in the field is probably the number-one pain point of A/V professionals. The benefits of field terminated HDMI cable are so obvious they hardly bear mentioning.

Still …
  • Pull bundles of HDMI cable through the wall without having to worry about the huge connector heads.
  • Futureproof homes by pulling the cable now, and terminating later if necessary.
  • Buy just what you need. If you need a 1.6m cable, you don't have to pay for a 2m product.
  • Keep your racks tidy by eliminating the ugly excess from pre-cut cables.
  • And the number one biggest benefit of all: You can repair HDMI in the field! If a cable or connector gets mangled in the field (darn those electrical contractors), you can repair it simply, without having to rewire the home.

Lu says the field terminated HDMI cables and connectors will ship in the second quarter. Pricing will be similar to the company's pre-terminated products.

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About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

13 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by PeeWee  on  01/26  at  09:36 AM

Nice concept but it’s still HDMI and there for still sucks.

Posted by Noel  on  01/26  at  09:39 AM

Wait till Monster gets ahold of it!!

Posted by NO-LEE  on  01/26  at  11:07 AM

WOW, Pretty cool device. I will be able to buy a new SEGWAY if we made that.

Posted by BigPapa  on  01/26  at  07:37 PM

Wow. They just debunked the reasons for all that high end uberstrandsterbation speaker cable:

“But, says Lu, “The disadvantages of the stranded wire are signal integrity and geometry stability.”

Stranded conductors can induce electromagnetic radiation (EMR) interference among the strands.”

Posted by Barry Armstrong  on  07/12  at  08:11 AM

Hi the HDMI in field tool looks fantastic. Is it available. How much does it cost per tool and per connectors.

Posted by Marc Fisher  on  11/13  at  02:35 PM

Need it, Want it, When and where can i get it? Price?

Posted by Mark Robinson  on  01/15  at  05:57 AM

This seems just perfect. Having recently being burgled where the assholes removed my LED TV from the wall without unplugging the HDMI cable I am now left with a HDMI cable buried in my wall with no end on it as it ripped off. Rather than chase my wall, replace the cable then re plaster this would be a far better option. Please, where do I get one

Mark

Posted by Eliezer Melamed  on  06/21  at  01:18 PM

Where i can buy this HDMI kit?

Posted by Robert Awateng  on  06/23  at  09:46 PM

Dear Sir,

If possible please send me quotation for all the accessories to build and terminate two 20 meter HDMI cable…

What sort of cable terminator or crimping tool do I usetermination???

Thank you.

Posted by Adrian Hinton  on  09/01  at  09:13 AM

Same question as a lot of others, how much? where can i get one?
I have the same problem as many people, broken HDMI connector an cable is in wall.
live in UK

Posted by Pat Dawson  on  03/12  at  05:35 PM

On a cable where only 1 end was ripped off, would I have to do both ends over again? Also what’s the price and where can I find one?

Posted by Simon heath  on  01/23  at  03:24 PM

Hi. I’ve just recently chased all my hdmi cable in my wall and Unfortunately I’ve damaged the ends of 2 of the connector ends an don’t want to have to damage the finished to replace these cables. Can I use this product to repair and replace these connecter ends to use these hdmi cables again. If so how much and where do I get 2 from please

Posted by Morgan Harman  on  01/23  at  04:24 PM

Hmmm, more response from DIY than our integration community.  To those requesting more info - I would recommend finding a local A/V company - low voltage contractor.  Keep calling until you find one near you that can help you with this product.  Keep in mind that most of these businesses will want to provide the products AND service of installation.

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