The Chord Company has upgraded its HDMI Silver Plus cable to Silver Plus 1.3: the new version is now HDMI v1.3 compliant even over runs as long as 40m.

Using heavier-gauge conductors, silver plated to improve high-frequency transmission, and improved insulation, the cable is now even better for long runs with minimal signal loss.

Both internal and overall shielding is also improved, using Mylar foil within and an outer foil/braid shield, combining resistance to interference with good flexibility and light weight. Even the plug has been changed, with a lower profile to fit closely-spaced sockets.

The designers say 'The new HDMI Silver Plus 1.3 has been tested against the highly rated original HDMI Silver Plus with a wide range of equipment (using projectors, plasma screens and LCD TVs). Colours are noticeably more vibrant, contrast is improved and images are sharper with lower noise giving a greater sense of perspective."

The cable is available in 1.5m, 3m, 5m, 8m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 30m and 40m lengths, with lengths over 15m having inline repeaters built-in to counteract any signal loss. These are powered by the 5V power line on the HDMI connection, the repeater drawing a minimal 100 milliamps.

Prices start at £84.95 for a 1.5m cable, and go up to £695 for 40m.

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