AudioQuest Thunderbird 48 HDMI Cable
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Top Level Performance, HDMI Version 2.1, HDCP 2.3
10% Silver-Plated Copper AV & eARC Conductors
Up To 4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz & 10K Resolution
Supports Dynamic HDR Formats like HDR10+
Available in Various Lengths
The AudioQuest Thunderbird 48 HDMI cable is part of AudioQuest’s top tier Mythical Creatures range and represents the best the company has to offer. Thunderbird is the entry point into the range and offers quite striking value for money, considering the technology on offer.
Thunderbird 48 Overview
As usual, AudioQuest continues their trend of superior build quality with the new 48 Series HDMI cables. These HDMI 2.1 cables represent a big, feature-packed leap forward for your home theatre system. Their whopping 48Gbps bandwidth, combined with AudioQuest's premium manufacturing techniques and materials, means that they can deliver the very best audio and video quality possible.
Sound First: While 8K and other compelling video/gaming features make the HDMI headlines, AudioQuest’s 48 and eARC-Priority Series HDMI cables are AudioQuest’s best-sounding HDMI cables yet. The greater precision and tighter manufacturing tolerances required to deliver HDMI cables that transfer up to 48Gbps bandwidth mean all of AudioQuest’s tried-and-true ingredients and techniques matter every bit as much as ever before. Thunderbird 48 features high-purity 10% silver-plated copper conductors and drains that have been direction-controlled for the most efficient dissipation of radio-frequency noise. High-loss graphene is added to the carbon layer, sandwiched between layers of metal around the 4 balanced Fixed Rate Link (FRL) audio/video pairs + the eARC pairs, and a "global" high-loss carbon layer is placed around all conductors.
48G: AudioQuest “48” HDMI cables can transfer up to professional 10K Ultra-HD video. The 48Gbps bandwidth is made possible by 4 balanced audio/video pairs capable of 12Gbps each. The precision and tighter manufacturing tolerances required to produce HDMI cables that transfer up to 48Gbps bandwidth mean many of AudioQuest’s tried-and-true ingredients and techniques are more important than ever before.
8K/10K: AudioQuest 48Gbps HDMI cables have the bandwidth required for video with resolutions up to 10K and resolutions/refresh rates up to 8K/60 and 4K/120. All AudioQuest HDMI cables are completely backwards compatible with existing 4K displays.
10% Silver-Plated Copper Conductors & Drains: In AudioQuest HDMI cables, 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 maximise a digital cable. Thunderbird 48 uses 10% Silver-Plated Copper for both its conductors and drains.
Level 5 Noise Dissipation – Graphene + Global Carbon + Directionality: Traditional “100% shielding” is not enough to guard against the increasingly prevalent effects of Wi-Fi, cellular, and satellite radiation. In AudioQuest HDMI cables, all 19 conductors are Direction-Controlled to minimise the RF Noise that damages performance by “directing” or draining it away from the most vulnerable circuits. In Level 5 Noise-Dissipation, high-loss graphene is added to the carbon layer sandwiched between layers of metal around the 4 FRL + eARC pairs, and a "global" high-loss carbon layer is placed around all conductors.
eARC – 10% Silver + Level 5 Noise Dissipation: Because sound matters, the eARC conductors in AudioQuest's 48-Series HDMI cables receive equal love and affection, featuring the same superior metals, 10% Silver-Plated Copper for Thunderbird 48, 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. Previous ARC capabilities maxed out at lossy (compressed) 5.1-channel surround sound. Today’s HDMI 2.1 cables support 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.
Limited Lifetime Warranty: AudioQuest HDMI cables are precisely manufactured to ensure a high level of reliability and are backed by a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty. Proof of original purchase is required; other restrictions apply.
Our Take On The Thunderbird 48 HDMI
Being part of AudioQuest’s top tier Mythical Creatures range the Thunderbird 48 HDMI cable represents some of the best cable technology the company has to offer. Thunderbird is the entry point into the range and offers quite striking value for money, considering the technology on offer.
The Thunderbird 48 HDMI 2.1 cable embodies all of the company’s core philosophies on HDMI cable design. It employs 10% Silver-Plated Copper conductors, 48Gbps bandwidth, resolutions up to 10K, Level 5 Noise Dissipation to further enhance performance and supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC). This is a great HDMI cable designed for high end audio visual systems.
Main Features & Specifications
- High bandwidth 48G HDMI 2.1 cable
- Bandwidth up to 48Gbps
- Supports HDMI version 2.1
- 4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz, and 10K resolution
- Dynamic HDR formats like HDR10+, for contrast and colour optimised scene by scene
- HDCP 2.3
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) & Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM) for improved gaming experience
- Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) for sending lossless high-resolution multichannel audio from the TV back to an AV receiver
- Silver-plated, long-grain copper (LGC) AV and eARC conductors (silver layer is 10% of total conductor)
- 10% silver-plating on ground reference conductors
- "Level 5" Noise Dissipation with Graphene + Carbon + Direction Controlled Conductors
- Available in Lengths: 600mm, 1 metre, 1.5 metre, 2 metre, 3 metre
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.