AudioQuest Forest HDMI Cable
We got to hear this budget HDMI cable at CES and we were blown away by what Forest did for audio via HDMI. We knew there were substantial differences in performance between HDMI cables, but when we heard Forest absolutely destroy a competitor's cable (which was three times the price) our jaws dropped.
On both music and movies, Forest is smoother top to bottom, more focused and articulate, with a larger soundstage and greater separation of instruments. We couldn't believe so modest an investment in an HDMI cable would yield such a large improvement. Perhaps we should have, Audioquest has been trumpeting their state of the art HDMI construction for years, with innovation and build quality not found on any other HDMI cable.
Forest HDMI cables are guaranteed to have the 18Gbps bandwidth required for compelling features like 8K/30 video, HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery, and eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel).
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.
Forest uses ultra-smooth and high-resolution Long Grain Copper solid-core conductors, for a rich and lively tonal balance with solid bass and surprisingly good top-end extension. Forest is a directional cable, AQ listens to every primary signal conductor used in Forest to determine proper conductor orientation, this simple test yields a surprising improvement to sonic performance.
Forest is terminated using a solderless cold-weld process which eliminates distortion and improves reliability and longevity. Forest receives gold plated connectors which prevent oxidization and corrosion.
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 120/Hz/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.
*Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors
*Gold Plated cold-weld HDMI Connectors
*Low Jitter, Low Distortion Audio
*Signal Conductors Controlled for Digital Audio Direction
*Bi-Directional Ethernet Communication and Audio Return Channel Enabled
*Lengths up to 3M receive a dark PVC jacket with green stripes
*Lengths from 5M to 12M receive a white PVC CL3/FT4 rated jacket
*0.6M to 8.0M Cables are High Speed HDMI w/Ethernet connection
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