Certified "Ultra High Speed" by HDMI Licensing, Photon 48 has the bandwidth to support all the latest HDMI-2.1 features, including exciting new gaming capabilities, such as 4K@120 FPS (3840x2160) gaming, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) up to 120 FPS/144Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport QFT) — all of which work to ensure smooth, lag-free, uninterrupted viewing and interactivity.
Of course, Photon 48 isn’t only made for video games. Like all AudioQuest 48 Series HDMI cables, Photon 48 handles resolutions up to 10K, refresh rates up to 120Hz, and offers a superior, immersive audio/video experience when streaming shows, concerts, or movies in 2K or 4K.
The performance advantages made possible by AudioQuest’s superior materials and design — significantly improved sound and more consistently reliable syncing between audio/video components — are especially beneficial to those who use Xbox and PlayStation consoles as hubs for streaming music, movies, TV, and videos.
As with all AudioQuest HDMI cables, all 19 control, and signal conductors are Direction-Controlled to minimize performance-damaging RF Noise by "directing" (draining) it away from the most vulnerable circuits. Signal conductors employ AudioQuest’s Solid Long-Grain Copper, a high-purity metal that minimizes noise and ensures overall performance.
4K Gaming Up to 144Hz
Sports, action movies, high-performance gaming, and VR benefit significantly from the clarity and focus afforded by 4K.
Ensures smooth, lag-free, uninterrupted viewing and interactivity.
8K delivers a super-immersive viewing experience with twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of 4K, and four times as many pixels. Combined with the 60Hz refresh rate, this enables smooth, clear viewing of the high-speed action content often found in video games.
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for Smooth Gaming
VRR reduces or eliminates lag, judder, and frame tearing for more fluid and better-detailed gameplay. Additionally, VRR enables a gaming source (such as a console or computer) to deliver video frames as fast as it can.
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.
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 backward compatible with existing 4K displays.
Long-Grain Copper Conductors (HDMI)
In AudioQuest HDMI cables, Solid Long-Grain Copper, Silver-Plated Copper, or Perfect-Surface Silver conductors improve Noise-Dissipation and overall performance. Pearl 48 uses Long-Grain Copper for its conductors.
Level 1 Noise-Dissipation (HDMI): Direction-Controlled
This is the foundation of AudioQuest’s Noise-Dissipation technologies. 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. Additional Noise-Dissipation techniques (Levels 2 and up) are applied as budget permits to further reduce noise.
eARC: LGC + Level-1 Noise-Dissipation
Because sound matters, the eARC conductors in AudioQuest's 48-Series HDMI cables receive equal love and affection, featuring the same superior metals, Direction-Controlled Conductors, and Noise-Dissipation technologies as the main AV data pairs. In AudioQuest eARC-Priority cables, the main A/V data pairs have Cinnamon-level performance (Forest 48’s solid 0.5% Silver + Carbon & Vodka 48’s Level-3 Noise-Dissipation), while the eARC data pair and Ground-Reference drain use all the same advanced design ingredients as their “48” counterparts. HDMI’s Audio Return Channel (ARC) sends audio from a TV to a soundbar or AV receiver for greater simplicity and flexibility in system setup. Hardware’s previous ARC capabilities max out at lossy (compressed) 5.1-channel surround sound. Today’s HDMI 2.1 hardware supports 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.