Product Review (November 2010)

Accell Corporation
ProUltra Supreme Swivel HDMI Cable
Fully HDMI 1.4 Compliant

By Kevin Nakano


Flat panels can pose challenges for installers in small areas where cabling is tight and at right angles between the panel and the wall. Few cable designs offer any relief from this issue and can create stress on both the cable as well as the board mounted HDMI connector on the display. Accell's new ProUltra® Supreme High Speed HDMI® Swivel Cable with Ethernet addresses this problem by providing connectors with a patented swivel design that rotates both 180º vertically and horizontally. This design allows the cable to be installed in hard-to-reach areas behind the panel even at right angles. With customers asking for thinner displays attached close to the wall there comes a need to accommodate difficult cabling requirements, especially with the new thinner edge-lit LED flat panels. In addition, if 3D is on your radar screen, then there is good reason to get excited about this new cable.

Design
Accell's ProUltra® Supreme High Speed HDMI® Swivel Cable with Ethernet is compatible with all HDMI components and supports all resolutions and video formats including HD 1080p, 4K and 3D with data transfer rates of up to 10.2 Gbps (340MHz). The design is fully compliant with the High Speed HDMI specification. The integrated Ethernet Channel and an Audio Return Channel (HEAC) ensure complete support of the latest audio and video technologies. The cable supports Deep Color™ or x.v.Color™ as well as DTS-HD® or Dolby® True-HD high-definition digital audio formats.

Like other HDMI cables we have reviewed from Accell Corporation, the ProUltra® Supreme High Speed HDMI® Swivel Cable with Ethernet cable is designed to maximize audio and video performance. The 100% foil shields and high-density metal braid rejects electromagnetic (EM) and radio frequency (RF) interference. The UltraFlex® jacket with its woven mesh sleeve bends and routes easily and protects the cable from deformation. The HDMI™ connectors and contacts feature extra-thick 24K gold-plating for a solid, corrosion resistant connection providing maximum audio and video transfer.

Performance
Our review sample was 3-meters in length, so it had no problem fitting between our OPPO BDP-83SE blu-ray player and Denon AVR-5308CI receiver. Video performance was excellent with no issues encountered during our testing. We didn't have the ability to test the 3D capability or the HDMI Ethernet and Audio Return Channel (HEAC).

Conclusion
The Accell ProUltra Supreme HDMI Swivel Cable With Ethernet is available in 1m, 2m, and 3m lengths with a street price of less that $30 for the 3-meter version. Accell has solved a difficult problem with an excellent performing product priced to fit anyone's budget. Even if your current installation does not require adjustable HDMI connectors, this cable will provide the capability in the future without any performance impacts. We are keeping our cable installed on the OPPO BDP-83SE, which sits close to the back cabinet panel. I have seen no other cable to date that offers these features.

- Kevin Nakano




OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Projector: Anthem LTX-500v Full 1080p High-Definition LCoS Projector
Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100-inch FireHawk Screen with Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
A/V Receiver: Denon AVR-5308CI THX-Ultra2 7x150W Receiver
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Thermal Management: Active Thermal Management Cool-it II Equipment Cooler
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP722 HDTV Satellite Receiver with ATSC tuner
Blu-ray Player: OPPO BDP-83SE Blu-ray/DVD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T3-V Controller
HDMI Cables: VizionWare Hi-Wirez 20-meter, Accell 45-meter UltraRun HDMI Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables
Audio Analyzer : Sencore SP295C SoundPro Contractor Version
Video Generator : Sencore VP403 Multimedia Video Generator
Color Analyzer:
Sencore OTC1000 ColorPro Optical Tri-stimulus Colorimeter


Review at a Glance


Accell Corporation - ProUltra® Supreme High Speed HDMI® Swivel Cable with Ethernet

Features:

  • Two 180º Swivel Points on Each Connector Provides Flexibility
  • Supports All Resolutions & Video Formats Including 1080p, 4Kx2K & 3D
  • Throughput up to 10.2 Gbps (340MHz) - Maximum Allowed by HDMI
  • Integrated Ethernet Channel and Audio Return Channel (ARC)
  • Supports Deep Color™ and x.v.Color™ formats for Billions of Colors
  • Passes Both DTS-HD or Dolby True-HD HD 7.1 Digital Audio Formats


Company Information
Accell Corporation
44951 Industrial Drive
Fremont, California 94538
Tel: 510-438-9288
Fax: 510-438-6775
Support: 510-438-9288

Product (As tested): ProUltra Supreme HDMI/HDMI 3m (10 ft.)
Part Number: B122C-010B
Street Price : $30-$40
Source: Manufacture supplied

Warranty: 10-Year Manufacturers Warranty

URL: www.accellcorp.com
Support: support@accellcorp.com


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