Product Review (February 2004) - Transparent Cable
High Performance DVI Cable

DVI cables have become an integral part of today's high performance home theater systems. Computers have used them for years and now manufacturers are including them in practically all new high performance home theater displays and set-top boxes. Connecting DVI compliant equipment is simple and is usually not a problem unless you require long cables runs. Plasmas, LCDs and RPTVs usually require moderate cable lengths in most installations since the equipment driving the display is fairly close. However, some systems that use projectors located in the rear of the theater room require long cable runs, often times exceeding the longest DVI cables available. The problem has to do primarily with the cable itself and the degradation of the signal due to impedance problems and line capacitance, all of which tend to reduce the signal integrity over long cable runs.

Transparent Audio has a new High Performance DVI cable (HPDVI) that provides excellent performance on DVI compliant products with cable lengths up to 30 feet. According to Transparent, some devices can even handle longer cable lengths with this design. The cable construction is solid with gold-plated contacts . Transparent also offers a new Premium DVI cable (PDVI) that provides superior performance on DVI compliant products with cable lengths up to an amazing 65 feet. This is accomplished by using superior shielding, precision 100-ohm impedance control and Teflon insulating materials. Transparent has kept in mind the possibility of needing adapters or optional cable connections to support new formats such as HDMI. As a result, they offer preterminated cable lengths and a variety of connection options and adapters for their new performance cables.

We connected the 30 foot High Performance DVI cable between our Mitsubishi HD-5000 A/V controller and Marantz VP-12S2 projector for our tests. The picture was excellent with no problems in the video whatsoever. Whether we used 720p or 1080i, video looked spectacular with the 30-foot HPDVI cable from Transparent.

- Kevin Nakano

Review System

Projector: Marantz VP-12S2 High-Definition DLP™
Stewart Filmscreen 100" Luxus Deluxe FireHawk Screenwall
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/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: Mitsubishi HD-5000 Receiver
D-VHS VCR #1: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
D-VHS VCR #2: Mitsubishi HS-HD2000U D-VHS High-Definition VCR
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
Laserdisc Player: Pioneer CLD-D704 CD/VCD/LD Player
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables
Video Generator: Sencore VP300 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

Transparent Cable - High Performance DVI Cable


  • Gold-plated contact for long term reliability.
  • High performance DVI video at lengths up to 30 feet.
  • Impedance controlled cable with low loss dielectric.

  • Company Information

    Transparent Cable
    47 Industrial Park Road,
    Saco, ME 04072

    Tel: (207) 284-1100
    Fax: (207) 284-1101

    Source: Manufacture supplied
    Model Number: HPDVI
    MSRP: $1,000


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