HDMI Cables and Plenum-Rated Cables- An Overview

HDMI Cables and Plenum-Rated Cables- An Overview

March 12, 2024

Both HDMI cables and fibre optic cables are a great option for connecting your new soundbar or AV receiver. In today’s world, setting up a system with sound, various players, and high-level programming in itself is a very tedious process. Before starting this process, you should first select the right cable to set up the system perfectly. We, from SF Cable, would like to explain the details of HDMI cable, which is one of the popular choices.  

HDMI Cable

HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface cable is by far the most common cable used for transmitting your audio and video signals digitally. Because, as far as modern-day entertainment devices like the Ultra 4K, soundbars, and projectors are concerned, the HDMI cable is compatible with all of them. Moreover, HDMI cables have a great capacity to pick up audio signals like the 2-channel PCM stereo audio to the 8-channel uncompressed audio and support the latest formats of Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Atmos.  

By now, you have understood the advantages of using a HDMI cable for setting up your systems. Now we will talk about HDMI plenum-rated cables and try to understand their benefits as well. Let’s first try to understand what plenum cables are.

What Exactly Is a Plenum Cable?

Plenum cables are specially built for plenum spaces, which are rarely used or accessed spaces like those above ceiling panels or between walls. The uniqueness of the plenum cable lies in the fact that it is specifically made to be used for the plenum spaces in a house. For example, we are talking about the spaces above the ceiling panels or the space between the walls or below the flooring that are rarely accessed.  

The Reasons Behind Buying Plenum Cables

We will talk about why you should consider buying a plenum-rated cable for your home. The need for buying these cables arises at the time of installing the HVAC and during its wiring.  

Now the simple question that arises here is why plenum cable and nothing else? It is because these cables conceal the wirings and hide it completely from your sight thereby reducing the clutter. More than that, the plenum cables protect the intricate wiring system of a house and stop unintentional handling. This way it takes care of the safety concerns of the building in times of any mishap like a sudden fire breakout. Moreover, the plenum cables are very sturdily built so frequent replacement of these cables is not needed.   

Plenum-Rated Network Cables

Here, at SF Cable, we have for you a variety of plenum cables as well as plenum network cables as well. Our 1000ft Cat5e 500MHz UTP Solid 24 AWG Plenum-Rated Bulk Ethernet Network Cable’s jacket complies with the fire safety standards and codes. This ensures that they are much less likely to burn during a sudden fire breakout and will slow down the spread of fire through the plenum spaces. The plenum-rated coating on the wire burns at a much slower rate and emits much less fumes. It is ideal for use on the wall or on the ceiling. Our cables are just perfect for networking, and data transfer as it is capable of supporting 10 / 100 / 1000Mbps.

You can purchase the 1000ft Cat5e 500MHz UTP Solid 24 AWG Plenum-Rated Bulk Ethernet Network Cable – Blue for your room as well. This is designed to meet Category 5E TIA/ISO proposed specification. It comes with a PVC jacket that is multicoloured with a 1000-foot pull box and 24 AWG, four twisted pairs. These cat5e cables are available in customized colours and lengths. And the best news is that they are manufactured within the country and are available wherever and whenever you need them.

Plenum-Rated Cables at SF Cable

Apart from the plenum-shielded ethernet cables, at SF Cable, we also have plenum HDMI cables and plenum USB cables. National Electric Code and National Fire Prevention Association have made it mandatory for you to use plenum-rated cable for any type of above-ceiling video cable installation.

You can find Hybrid Active Optical Fibre HDMI plenum-rated cable at SF Cable. This HDMI 2.0 supports HDR, EDID, HDCP2.2, 3D, CEC, and ARC. It also supports multiple audio channels like the DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Atmos. This is just perfect for installation into Air Plenum spaces like the space above a ceiling that is suspended or beneath a raised floor. The data transmission rate is 18 GBPS and the gold-plated connector provides a high-quality, highly reliable, and durable connection capacity. Moreover, it reduces the EMI and RFI interference as well. 

This cable is not bidirectional and is labelled with Display and Source on its two sides. The Source connects the Blu-ray players, computers, game consoles, or other devices and the Display connects the TV or monitor.   

We also sell the best quality plenum-rated SVGA cables. We guarantee that we will never ever compromise on quality for the expense when our customers shop from us!

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