AudioQuest 48G and eARC-Priority
- Better Audio from 2K-and 4K-Based Systems, Plus 100% Capable of Optimizing 8K Systems
- 8K-TV Ready
- Industry's Only eARC-Priority HDMI Cables Maximize Audio Return Channel Performance for Soundbars and Other ARC Components
Sound first. While 8K and other compelling video/gaming features make the HDMI headlines, AudioQuest's 48 and eARC-Priority Series HDMI cables are our best-sounding HDMI cables yet. The precision and tighter manufacturing tolerances required to deliver HDMI cables that transfer up to 48Gbps bandwidth allow all of AudioQuest's tried-and-true ingredients and techniques to matter every bit as much as before. And, of course, judiciously applied and newly learned techniques and materials are introduced.
AudioQuest's entry models, Pearl 48 and Forest 48, were the first HDMI-2.1 cables to receive HDMI LLC's Ultra High Speed certication; now all AudioQuest 48 Gbps models are certified. HDMI only certifies a bare minimum, though of course no AudioQuest cable is only a "bare minimum".
The 48Gbps bandwidth necessary for all of HDMI's new and future features is made possible by upgrading the 4 balanced audio/video channels from 6 to 12Gbps.
AudioQuest 48Gpbs HDMI cables can transfer up to professional 10K Ultra-HD video, including resolutions/refresh rates upp to 8K/60 and 4K/120. All 48G cables are completely backwards compatible with existing 4K displays.
Further, AudioQuest 18Gbps and 48Gbps HDMI cables are compatible with all varieties of HDR (including HDR10+ and Dolby Vision), which can be found on Ultra-HD Blu-ray and all major streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, and others.
Increasingly thick layers of silver plating are applied to AudioQuest's Long-Grain Copper (LGC) conductors to improve Noise-Dissipation. Placing the superior metal on the outside of the conductor produces the greatest benefit on overall performance-a superbly cost-effective way to maximize a digital cable.
Traditinal "100% shielding" is not enough against today's increasingly prevalent Wi-Fi, Cellular, and Satellite radiation, especially because all metal conductors act as antennae, picking up Radio-Frequency Noise.
In AudioQuest HDMI cables, all 19 conductors, including the critically important eARC and power pairs, are Director-Controlled, dissipating noice and draining it away from the most sensitive electronics to where it will cause the least harm.
Direction-Controlled is our foundational, Level 1, Noise-Dissipation. AudioQuest HDMI cables employ multiple levels of Noise-Dissipation technologies, each adding layers of superior high-loss materials to combat RF Noise. Our most advanced and comprehensive defense against noise, Level 6 Noise Dissipation, employs AQ's patented Dielectric-Bias System (DBS) with a Level-X RF Noise Trap that effectively "pulls" RF noise out of the cable.
Because sound matters, eARC gets equal love and affection with the same superior metals, Direction-Controlled Conductors, and Noise-Dissipation technologies as the main AV data pairs.
HDMI's Audio Return Channel (ARC) sends audio from a TV to a soundbar or AV receiver for greater simplicity and flexibility in system setup. Hardware's previous ARC capabilities max out at lossy (compressed) 5.1-channel surround sound.
Today's HDMI 2.1 hardware supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), which increases the digital bandwidth dramatically to support uncompressed and lossless high-resolution multichannel audio, including Dolby TrueHD and Atmos, and DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS:X.
AudioQuest 's eARC-Priority models include 4 Silver-Plated Forest 48-level audio/video data pairs-but with a far superior single data pair for the TV's audio output. By upgrading the eARC data path only, audiophile quality is made possible at a fraction of the cost of upgrading all 5 data pairs.
A look inside AudioQuest'f FireBird 48 HDMI cables. Direction-Controlled conductors continue to be the foundation of AudioQuest's effective Noise-Dissipation, but now this is taken to its logical extreme. In AudioQuest HDMI cables, all 19 conductors, A/V and eARC signals, all Ground-Reference drains, control and power conductors, are controlled for the most efficient dissipation of Radio-Frequency Noise.
Forest 48 features 0.5% Silver-Plated Copper conductors that have been direction-controlled for the most efficient dissipation of radio-frequency noise.