Product Review (November 2004)
Belkin PureAV™ Silver Series™ Video Cables

Belkin has recently introduced their new PureAV™ Silver Series™ line of home theater interconnects that includes HDMI, DVI, FireWire®, Digital Coaxial, and Digital Optical cables as well as component video and high-performance speaker cables. We had a chance to check out their new DVI Dual-Link cable, a set of their component cables and their S-Video cable.

The PureAV™ DVI Dual-Link Cable is designed to provide the brightest, most accurate colors and sharpest detail for your DVI devices according to Belkin. Dual-Link cable designs have additional wires that double the bandwidth of the DVI interface for devices that support it. This Dual-Link cable design offers the flexibility of working with Single-Link AV components or higher performance Dual-Link products. All of our home theater products only use the Single-Link mode, which this cable is fully capable of supporting. Since DVI transfers data completely digitally, cable and connector impedance is very important to minimize signal degradation. The cable design uses high-purity, impedance-matched, twisted-pair wires along with a low-loss, precision-formulated, polyethylene dielectric for maximum performance. The triple-layer shielding reduces electromagnetic (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). A ferrite bead is used to help reduce unwanted noise in the cable. Finally, the connector pins and shell are constructed using corrosion-resistant, 24k gold for better performance and reliability. The cable has a molded backshell that makes it easy to install and is available in lengths of 6 feet (1.8m) and 12 feet (3.7m).

The performance of the PureAV™ DVI Dual-Link Cable was excellent in our high definition setup. We had both 720p and 1080i material sent to our Sharp XV-Z12000U projector. The setup worked flawlessly with no dropouts or noise in the picture. Even HDCP data, which is highly sensitive to data errors, worked perfectly in our configuration which uses a Samsung SIR-T165 terrestrial receiver.

Belkin's PureAV™ Silver Series Component Video Cables use true 75-Ohm impedance for the best performance possible. According to Belkin, high-purity, silver solder joints, oxygen-free conductors and the precision-formulated, nitrogen-injected dielectric material contribute to the superior color accuracy and clarity exhibited by these cables. The quad shielding with the flexible PVC jacket is designed to maintain good signal integrity even when the cable is bent. Each of the six 24k gold-plated RCA connectors have a split-tip, center-pin with an 8-cut design that firmly grabs the mating connector. The non-slip rubber grip makes it easy to connect to components and the integrated color-coding easily identifies the luminance and color difference signals. The PureAV™ Silver Series Component Video Cables are available in lengths of 4 feet (1.2m), 8 feet (2.4m), and 16 feet (4.9m).

Using our Marantz MV8300 D-VHS high definition VCR, we connected the analog component outputs to our Mitsubishi HC2000 DLP projector. The performance was excellent with our 1080i high definition material. Colors were well saturated with natural looking flesh-tones and excellent overall bandwidth. We were not only impressed with the video performance of these cables, but with the build quality as well.

PureAV™ S-Video Cable
Belkin's PureAV™ Silver Series S-Video Cables feature gold contacts and are also designed around two true 75-Ohm impedance cables to ensure a quality transfer over the chroma and luminance signals. S-video connectors are known to be a difficult interface to deal with due to the small mini DIN connector, yet these cables make the best of it with an easy to grab backshell design.
Similar to their Silver Series Component Video Cables, the Silver Series S-Video cables use precision-formulated, nitrogen-injected dielectric material for superior color accuracy and detail. The low loss 24k gold-plated connectors ensure excellent long-term performance. Quad cable shielding in a flexible PVC jacket give the cable a higher level of ruggedness. The PureAV™ Silver Series S-Video Cables are available in lengths of 4 feet (1.2m), 8 feet (2.4m), and 16 feet (4.9m).

Our Sencore VP403 HDTV Signal Generator was used to generate the reference s-video signal (SMPTE Color Bars). Video was sent over the Belkin Silver Series S-Video Cable to the Sencore VSA794 Video Signal Analyzer. The display shows the decoded s-video signal with both gain and phase of the reference SMPTE color bars looking virtually ideal. While test signals are nice to see, we were ultimately interested seeing how real-world material looked using this cable, so we played a few tracks from our Sony DVP-NS900V DVD player. We found the real-world video performance confirmed our measurements.

Conclusion
Belkin's new
PureAV™ Silver Series™ cables performed very well in our tests and provided build quality that would be desired by any videophile on a budget. The reasonable cost of the new cables make them very attractive for those building a new home theater on a limited budget.

- Kevin Nakano


Review System

Projector: SharpVision XV-Z12000U High-Definition HD2+ DLP Projector
Screen:
Stewart Filmscreen 100" Luxus Deluxe FireHawk Screenwall

Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 TripoleŽ Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Samsung SIR-T165 Terrestrial Receiver
D-VHS VCR #1: Marantz MV8300 D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
D-VHS VCR #2: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
Audio Switcher (5.1): Zektor MAS3 5.1 Audio Switcher
Laserdisc Player: Pioneer CLD-D704 CD/VCD/LD Player
Audio Cables: UltraLink Platinum Series Audio Cables
Video Generator: Sencore VP403 SDTV/HDTV Video Pattern Generator
Video Signal Analyzer: Sencore VSA794 NTSC Video Signal Analyzer
Color Analyzer: Sencore CP5000 Multi-Display Color Analyzer


Review at a glance


Belkin PureAV™ Silver Series™ Video Cables

PureAV™ DVI Dual-Link Cable
AV21400-06, 6ft. (1.8m), MSRP: $79.99
AV21400-12, 12ft. (3.7m), MSRP: $99.99

PureAV™ Component Video Cable
AV51000-04, 4ft. (1.2m), MSRP: $69.99
AV51000-08, 8ft. (2.4m), MSRP: $89.99
AV51000-16, 16ft. (4.9m), MSRP: $119.99

PureAV™ S-Video Cable
AV51100-04, 4ft. (1.2m), MSRP: $39.99
AV51100-08, 8ft. (2.4m), MSRP: $49.99
AV51100-16, 16ft. (4.9m), MSRP: $59.99


Company Information
Belkin Corporation
501 West Walnut Street
Compton, CA 90220
Customer Service/Sales:
800-2BELKIN
800-223-5546
Sales: 877.523.5546
Tech Support: 310-898-1100 ext. 2263
Fax: 310-898-1111

URL: www.belkin.com

 

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