AudioQuest has a well-earned reputation as a manufacturer of exceptional analogue video cables. However, the advent of HDMI in 2004 presented a new set of design challenges that needed to be solved. In order for AQ to maximize audio and video cable performance over HDMI, new materials and higher levels of manufacturing precision were employed to handle the high-speed, wide-bandwidth signals of HDMI.
While the basic blueprint for HDMI cable construction was established by the HDMI steering committee (HDMI, LLC), AQ examined areas that could be optimized within the established framework.
Several of the analogue audio and video design elements that have proven so important over the years turned out to be meaningful to HDMI signal design. Solid core conductor technology, conductor metallurgy, insulation material and overall precision of manufacture have all been carefully optimized to create a superior line of HDMI cables.
With the Indulgence series of HDMI cable, AudioQuest is proud to introduce the next evolution of HDMI cable performance. Why the name Indulgence? When we set aside the time for audio/video entertainment in the home we are, after all, allowing ourselves a bit of well-earned personal indulgence. We allow ourselves time for emotional transportation via films, TV shows and music.
As part of AudioQuest’s re-examination of HDMI cable design, specific attention was paid to maximizing the sonic performance of HDMI. While we’ve been aware of this since HDMI’s introduction, AQ’s Indulgence HDMI series push the HDMI sonic performance to new levels. While test equipment is excellent at tracking control errors or ensuring data pass through, no computer can compete with the human ear when it comes to perceiving the subtle but crucial audio errors and distortion that can reduce the enjoyment of your home cinema system.
While the focus of Indulgence HDMI cables is groundbreaking audio, video performance is hardly an afterthought. All Indulgence HDMI cables are High Speed compliant up to and including 8 metres 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,contain the 5th twisted pair for the new Ethernet and Audio Return Channel options and are 100% QC tested to pass 1080P at every length.
SOLID CONDUCTORS: All of Forest HDMI’s conductors are solid. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty, harsh picture & sound. Solid conductors are the most important ingredient enabling Forest HDMI’s very clear sound.
LONG-GRAIN COPPER (LGC): Forest USB’s LGC (Long-Grain Copper) allows a smoother and clearer sound than cables using regular OFHC (Oxygen-Free High-Conductivity) copper. OFHC is a general metal industry specification regarding loss, without any concern for distortion. LGC has fewer oxides within the conducting material, less impurities, less grain boundaries, and definitively better performance.
Low jitter, low distortion audio.
Signal conductors controlled for digital audio direction.
Bi-directional ethernet communication & audio return channel enabled.