Posted Wed Dec 9, 2009 at 01:03 PM PST by Mike Attebery
The Platinum Starlight is an amazingly expensive length of cabling, but is it worth it?
In a word: No.
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The Platinum Starlight HDMI Cable features carbon fiber connectors, a 24 connector DNA Helix design and solid silver conductors. According to the press release, this Helix design maximizes speed while “reducing noise and jitter effects for substantial overall improvements in signal fidelity and dynamic response.”
It’s a HDMI 1.4 cable, which is neat but a bit pointless at the moment. To its credit, the Platinum Starlight cable surpasses the 10.2Gbit per second transfer rate required by the HDMI 1.4 standard with a reported 21Gbit/second. David Salz, president and founder of the company says that “The Platinum Starlight HDMI cable addresses the need to provide the highest possible audio and video fidelity in high end home theater installations.”
So, for $1,000, you can get a really nice looking cable to carry a digital signal for a full meter. The company will be selling cables from 0.3 meters up to 30 meters, which will likely cost you a bit more than a cool grand.
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