AudioQuest Root Beer Active Optical HDMI Cable
Audioquest’s newest offering in the HDMI market comes in the form of an Active Optical HDMI Cable. These optical HDMI cables are excellent are preserving the HDMI signal over long distances with minimal to no loss, and the AudioQuest optical cables take it one step further with galvanic isolation. It’s thanks to this that AudioQuest can reliably offer HDMI signals up to 30 metres with the Root Beer HDMI Cable.
Like the well-proven Cherry Cola 18, Root Beer 18 is an active optical cable that provides outstanding audio/video performance at distances up to 100ft (30m). Optical Fiber eliminates multiple forms of degradation over distance; powered by the HDMI port, no AC adaptor is required. Further, Optical Fibers provide total RF immunity and galvanic isolation for the audio/video signal—important advantages in the fight against radio-frequency noise. As with Toslink and other optical cables, optical fibers do not pick up or transmit induced RF-Noise.
Additionally, Root Beer’s eARC and communication conductors are Direction-Controlled to minimize RF Noise that hurts the performance of active circuits.
All AudioQuest High-Speed HDMI cables are capable of Ultra-HD 4K/60 or 8K/30 video. Multiple AQ value-added ingredients enable a surprisingly stronger audio/video experience.
- 18Gbps Bandwidth
- Level 4 Noise-Dissipation: Galvanic Isolation Directionality
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
AudioQuest 18Gbps High Speed HDMI cables have the bandwidth required for video up to 8K/30 (8-bit, 4:2:0), which is 7680 x 4320 resolution (over 33 million pixels) at up to 30 frames-per-second (fps). 24 and 30 fps are the frame rates for almost all movies and many TV shows.
All AudioQuest 18Gbps High Speed 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).
Level 4 Noise-Dissipation: Galvanic Isolation 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 minimize the RF Noise that damages performance by “directing” or draining it away from the most vulnerable circuits. Level 4 Noise-Dissipation features fibers, which are non-conductive and therefore immune to induced RF noise, while the eARC and control conductors are made of direction-controlled metals. Additional Noise-Dissipation techniques (Levels 4 and up) are applied as budget permits to further reduce noise.
HDMI hardware’s previous ARC capabilities max out at lossy (compressed) 5.1-channel surround sound. Not only do all generations of AudioQuest HDMI cables “with Ethernet” support ARC, but in order to ensure superior audio performance, the ARC-channel conductor-pair is internally controlled for direction, running in the opposite direction from the 4 pairs that carry information to the TV. New HDMI 2.1 hardware supports Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), which increases bandwidth dramatically to support uncompressed and lossless high-resolution multichannel audio, including Dolby TrueHD and Atmos, and DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS: X. All current-generation AudioQuest HDMI cables and earlier models “with Ethernet” have the conductors and bandwidth required for eARC’s enhanced sonic capabilities.
AudioQuest 18Gbps High Speed HDMI cables support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dynamic HDR. HDR content expands the contrast of the image for blacker blacks and brighter whites/highlights as well as greater color saturation and brightness. Dynamic HDR (HDR 10 and Dolby Vision for example) enables frame-by-frame HDR optimization rather than HDR settings that are fixed for the entire program.
- Bandwidth: 18Gbps 4K-8K
- A/V Conductor: Fused Silica (Quartz)
- eARC Conductor: Long-Grain Copper
- RF-Noise Shield Drains: Tinned Copper
- Noise-Dissipation: Level 4 Galvanic Isolation Direction-Controlled
- Jacket: PVC