First Look: Belkin HDMI, DVI and Digital Optical Audio Cables for Apple TV
Occasional forays into the lucrative iPod and iPhone accessory business aside, Apple typically leaves the task of selling cables to others, and has done so for the Apple TV since its 2007 debut. Though XtremeMac was originally chosen as the Apple Store's primary vendor of HDMI and optical cables for the launch of the first-generation Apple TV, Belkin subsequently became Apple's developer of choice, selling HDMI to HDMI, HDMI to DVI, and Digital Optical Audio cables designed to match the original gray, silver, and white model. Now that the second-generation Apple TV is available, Belkin will be re-issuing the cables in matching black versions but keeping the other specs identical, offering 6- ($20) and 12-foot ($30) versions. The HDMI to HDMI cable will work on both Apple TVs for video and audio, while Optical will do the same for digital audio; the HDMI to DVI cable is somewhat of a question mark for the second-generation Apple TV at the moment. All three use high-quality cabling and chromed out plastic jackets, with copper and gold connectors at the ends.