This month's product spotlight begins with a question -
Q: When is an HDMI cable not just an HDMI cable?
A: When it's a Bullet Train 48gbps Active Optical Cable (AOC).
That's because when you run one of our 10K AOC cables not only are you running the best HDMI cable option available, you're also installing a signal pathway for the future. Our AOC cables have a very unique capability. Where other manufacturers use proprietary fiber in their AOC HDMI cables, AVPro uses actual Cleerline field-terminatable fiber. This means that no matter how far into the future, if standards change (connectors, bandwidth requirements etc.) the end of the cable can be cut-off and the fiber within can be terminated just as you would standard bulk Cleerline fiber. This feature makes our 48gbps AOC fiber cables not only the best choice right now, they offer a level of future-resistance not available in any other cable. Yes, I did say future resistance, not future proof. I used to say future-proof but I've been in this business way too long to keep using that phrase. Fiber optic cable is, however, as close as we can get in this industry. Much of the fiber I installed as an integrator in the early 90's is just now being used, and given the bandwidth capabilities of fiber we're a long way from needing to look beyond.
With lengths of 5m to 100m there is a length for almost every application. I think there is one thing we can say for sure - video quality is only going to improve and the resulting signals are unlikely to get any easier to transmit. Creating a robust infrastructure for both today and tomorrow is one of the most important aspects of low-volt system design. AVPro 48gbps 10K AOC cables are an excellent way to help ensure that your installations stand the test of time!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I entered the A/V industry in 1979. Since then I have worked in retail sales/management, custom integration installation /sales/project management as well as business owner and licensed contractor. Since 1999 I have worked primarily in CEDIA channel distribution and direct representation.
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