Your Reference System's Building Block
There are many choices when building a great AV system, luckily Audioquest has taken the guesswork out of choosing a great HDMI cable with Carbon HDMI. The perfect synergy of value and performance, Carbon outperforms virtually every other HDMI cable on the market regardless of price and sounds better doing it. The secret is in Audioquest's unyielding commitment to quality. Every aspect of Carbon's construction from the type of connectors used to the direction of the conductors has been scrutinized, auditioned, revised and perfected to create a cable that offers world beating performance.
Digital Audio over HDMI
There are significant, audible differences between HDMI cables. We're not sure how this is possible, since HDMI is purported to be a purely digital interface, however, the sonic differences are repeatable and consistent from system to system. A better HDMI cable makes a better digital audio cable, period. This is as true for music as it is for movies.
Carbon features 5% silver plated Long Grain Copper solid-core conductors. These heavily plated conductors are outstanding at conveying the subtlest detail, unraveling intricate and complex performances and effects. Dynamic shading is outstanding, Carbon's ability to convey micro-dynamics fleshes out the performance allowing it to reveal those subtle changes in volume that make a performance seem more real. Carbon is a directional cable, AQ listens to every primary signal conductor used in Carbon to determine proper conductor orientation, this simple test yields a surprising improvement to sonic performance.
Carbon is terminated using a solderless cold-weld process which eliminates distortion and improves reliability and longevity. Carbon receives high-performance silver plated connectors for superior connectivity and signal transfer.
While the focus of the Indulgence Series HDMI cables is groundbreaking audio, video performance is hardly an afterthought. All Indulgence HDMI cables are High Speed compliant up to and including 8 meters and all will transfer 1080P/120HZ/4K/3D video. All Indulgence HDMI cables deliver 100% of the data required for 120Hz/240Hz/600Hz displays. All Audioquest Indulgence Series HDMI cables are 100% QC tested to pass 1080p at every length and all contain the 5th twisted pair for the new Ethernet and Audio Return Channel options.
Critical Twist (Half-Speed Mastering)
Audioquest winds all their HDMI cables at half the speed of other manufacturers; winding the cables slower allows the conductors to be more precisely placed, creating greater consistency, reliability and performance. Solid Polyethylene insulation ensures stable conductor geometry while minimizing insulation induced phase distortion.
Carbon HDMI will pass 3D video at lengths of up to 10 meters.