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Metra Ethereal 4K HDMI Cables Offer 18Gbps Data Rate, HDR Support.

Metra Home Theater Group’s new Ethereal MHX and MHY cables employ new design concepts that enable the products to carry 4K signals over longer distances.


Metra Home Theater Group is set to announce the addition of new technologies to support the redesign of its Ethereal MHX and MHY product lines. The company will introduce the newly reegineered products at CES 2018 from Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas in its Central Hall booth (#11128) during the annual trade event. 

Ethereal MHX and MHY HDMI cables are able to carry 4K content farther than previous versions of the products due to Metra's construction technologies, according to the company. The Ethereal MHY high-speed HDMI cables with Ethernet support 4K Ultra HD with high dynamic range (HDR) at 60Hz. Cables ranging from a half meter to 10 meters support 18Gbps of throughput, while cables ranging from 12 meters to 15 meters support data rates as high as 10.2Gbps. 

The Ethereal MHX high-speed HDMI cables provide 18Gbps data rate capabilities up to 7.5 meters. Cables ranging in length from 8 meters to 12 meters deliver 10.2Gbps of throughput. 

Longer Ethereal MHX HDMI cables that range in size from 15 meters to 17 meters deliver data rates as high as 6.75Gbps. Metra Home Theater emphasizes that integrators can use its HDM-GA1 Gigabit Accelerator with the 8-meter to 17-meter cables to deliver 4K with HDR at 18Gbps. 

DPL-Certified Metra Cables

The new cables come on the heels of HDMI Licensing Group's announcement of the official release of the new HDMI 2.1 specification, which calls for 4K signal transmission at 120Hz, as well as 8K video at 60Hz. The spec also calls for a 48Gbps bandwidth speed. 

The MHY and MHX HDMI cables are certified by DPL Labs, and the products also incorporate audio return channels (ARC). Other design elements include multi-layer shielding and 24K gold-plated Grip-Lox connectors that secure the cables to source components and displays without increasing the cables' pull tension. The Grip-Lox Connector design helps to prevent cables from accidentally pulling out and creating service call issues. 

About the Author

Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; both schools are located in Haverhill, Mass.




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