HDMI Cables – A Worthwhile InvestmentPosted on 12:00am on Friday 23rd July 2021 by Walts
There are many components in our home entertainment system. While we tend to emphasize the importance of the components because they are the ones we directly interface with, we sometimes forget about everything else, especially quality cables. But in a way, they are the most important part. What's an entertainment center without cables?
Sure, okay. Everyone knows you need cables. But not everyone knows that they are as important as the devices that connect them and need upgrading just as much as any other part of your system.
Let’s start with the basics. Bandwidth is the capacity of a cable to transmit data. For large quantities of data, like that of your AV system, it is measured in Gigabits per second (Gbps). More bandwidth not only increases the amount of data that can be transferred, but also the quality of that data. You need at least 18 Gbps to run home entertainment devices at 4K resolution with 60 fps (frames per second).
Most entry level cables and older versions of HDMI are not fully equipped to meet these standards. At Walt’s we prioritize providing premium products so you can achieve the picture quality you expect from your television.
Austere III Series and V Series cables are HDMI Premium Certified and are guaranteed to handle the higher bandwidth needed for 4K HDR. The result is a clearer, more lifelike picture, with more fluid movements and the ability to see more of what is happening on the screen. And for those looking to future-proof their system, Austere VII Series 8K HDMI cable are Ultra High Speed Certified and allow a bandwidth of up to 48Gbps which means it can run 4K at 120fps, 8K at 60fps, and even 10K.
(Image from Left to Right: SDR, 4KHDR, Dynamic HDR 8K)
Not only will a quality HDMI cable enhance picture quality, it will deliver premium sound for a fully immersive audio experience.
ARC (Audio Return Channel) is easily one of the best HDMI features. It allows for two-way communication between your TV and AV components so you can use an HDMI cable as both an input and an audio output. ARC optimizes the signal, simplifies setup to reduce cable clutter and consolidates remotes. Not to mention, Dolby Digital Plus Atmos can only run through high bandwidth cables with ARC capability.
While ARC has been the standard for TVs, soundbar and receivers, eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) is a powerful update that comes with the new HDMI 2.1 feature set. It is quickly becoming the standard for the next generation of home theater equipment, including soundbars and gaming consoles, the first 8K sources. The greatest advantage of this new technology is its support of a full-resolution audio signal for the uncompressed sound of Dolby TrueHD Atmos. Austere, has your eARC demands covered with its 8K HDMI cable.
Whether or not you are looking to upgrade a 4K system or are planning to purchase an 8K gaming console or TV, Austere has an HDMI cable guaranteed to maximize the performance of any entertainment system. Not only will our cables fully immerse you in sight and sound, they are built to last and backed by a Lifetime Guarantee, making them a worthwhile investment.