Metra Home Theater Group to Display the Longest 18Gbps Active HDMI Cable at ISE 2018

HOLLY HILL, Fla. – January 23, 2018 – Metra Home Theater Group, a leading provider of home theater products and accessories for the integration community, announces new Velox Active HDMI Cables by Ethereal, debuting in stand 1-Q65 at ISE 2018 from February 6 – 9, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Metra Home Theater Group will have a demonstration showcasing the new technology behind the Velox Active HDMI Cables, delivering a verified 18Gbps UHD, and a HDR signal up to 30 meters (98 feet). The Velox HDMI Cables are currently the longest distance a copper HDMI cable has ever been verified to deliver content at 18Gbps to support UHD, HDR and 4K video applications.

The Velox Passive by Ethereal, delivering 18Gbps unassisted for up to 8 meters (26 feet), first debuted at CEDIA in 2016. For longer runs up to 23 meters (75 feet), add the Gigabit Accelerator (HDM-GA1) with a 1-meter Velox Passive cable (EHV-HDP1) to deliver 4K / HDR at 18Gbps. Without the Gigabit Accelerator, Velox Passive cables from 10 to 22 meters can deliver 10.2Gbps, unassisted.

As resolution increases, so does the need for higher bandwidth, accompanied by the challenges for engineering cables to deliver true 4K/HDR content over longer distances. Metra’s latest chipset technology in the Velox product line will allow custom integrators to use copper cables to deliver true 4K/HDR content farther than ever before.

Velox Active Cables support HDMI 2.0a, are HDCP 2.2 compliant and support resolutions up to 4K at 60, all color subsampling (4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0), deep color and HDR. Velox cables incorporate Metra’s innovative version of symmetrical HDCP and EDID rise time accelerator for both the data and clock lines on the I2C bus (the Display Data Channel). This reduces EDID errors and, and because this repair is bidirectional, ensures that the HDCP handshaking occurs reliably.

To ensure signal integrity and synchronization, Velox cables incorporate clock amplification and intra-pair skew correction which are necessary for delivering the latest video and audio formats reliably. Additionally, a 100-millisecond delay on the Hot Plug Detect signal assures that the HDMI source device receives the EDID information correctly from the sync. They are constructed of the highest quality materials, with 100% pure copper. In addition, Velox products include Metra Home Theater Group’s unique interchangeable color-coding scheme for easy cable identification and management.

As with all of Metra Home Theater Group’s HDMI cables, the new Velox line has been certified by DPL Labs, an independent testing facility. DPL testing clears away the “smoke and mirrors” common in the HDMI cable business by creating a fair but tough comparative standard against which all HDMI products can be tested.