AudioQuest Carbon 48 HDMI Cable
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Serious Performance, HDMI Version 2.1, HDCP 2.3
5% Silver-Plated Copper AV & eARC Conductors
Up To 4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz & 10K Resolution
Supports Dynamic HDR formats like HDR10+
Available in Various Lengths
Always pushing forward with their designs, AudioQuest’s Carbon 48 HDMI 2.1 cable embodies all of the company’s core philosophies on HDMI cable design with a view to the future of 8K. It employs copper conductors that are 5% silver-plated, 48Gbps bandwidth, resolutions up to 10K, Level 3 Noise Dissipation and supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC).
About AudioQuest Carbon HDMI Cable
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. Carbon 48 features high-purity 5% silver-plated copper conductors that have been direction-controlled for the most efficient dissipation of radio-frequency noise.
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.
5% Silver-Plated Copper Conductors: 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. Carbon 48 uses 5% Silver-Plated Copper for its conductors.
Level 3 Noise Dissipation – Carbon + Metal + 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. Level 3 Noise Dissipation adds a high-loss carbon layer sandwiched between layers of metal around the 4 FRL + eARC pairs to further enhance noise-dissipation.
eARC: Because sound matters, the eARC conductors in AudioQuest's 48-Series HDMI cables receive equal love and affection, featuring the same superior metals, 5% Silver-Plated Copper for Carbon 48, Direction-Controlled Conductors, and Noise-Dissipation technologies as the main AV data pairs.
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.
AudioQuest has been the largest cable supplier to the high-end specialist market for several decades and is sold in over sixty countries. Founder Bill Lowe is especially pleased that this success has been possible despite his insistence that the foundation of the company, and the foundation of AudioQuest marketing, must be the performance of the product and when he visited Audio Trends a couple of years back we were convinced of this by his genuine sincerity. In the audio world, many professionals have learned that it is not always convenient to listen to the products they sell … they might learn something they don’t want to know! Bill has always understood the challenge of basing the existence of AudioQuest on the performance of the product. However, to Bill, this is the only reasonable way to do business and the only acceptable way to combine his passion for music (and all things high performance), with his need to make a living.
Our Take On AudioQuest Carbon 48 HDMI Cable
You can always expect superior build quality from AudioQuest cables no matter what the application and Carbon 48 HDMI is no exception. The Carbon 48 HDMI 2.1 cable embodies all of the company’s core philosophies on HDMI cable design. It employs 5% Silver-Plated Copper conductors, 48Gbps bandwidth, resolutions up to 10K, Level 3 Noise Dissipation to further enhance performance and supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC). This is a seriously good HDMI cable at a great price.
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 5% of total conductor)
- 1.25% silver-plating on ground reference conductors
- "Level 3" noise dissipation
- Available 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.