- Manufacturer & Model
- AudioQuest HDMI TEST BENCH Review Series
- $29.95 to $1399.95
Reviews include analysis of technologies, packaging, build quality, physical measurements, and both 8K and 4K performance.
We review eight different AudioQuest HDMI cables hailing from five different series. Models include Pearl, BlueBerry, Cinnamon, Cherry Cola, and ThunderBird, representing a generous cross-section of the company's offerings. Results found well-built cables that, in some cases, perform above spec. Thick PVC and knit jacket coverings are the biggest negative to AudioQuest HDMI cables, often resulting in bend radiuses that aren't as friendly as cables built by rivals.
In our latest installment of HDMI TEST BENCH, we tackle five different models and eight different lengths of AudioQuest HDMI cables to give you a good idea of whether or not they're fluff, or have the right stuff to reliably transmit digital bits between the various components in your media or home theater system. To get a better idea of AudioQuest's HDMI offerings, we suggest you watch the review series overview video first. In this video, we group together the company's various HDMI cable series using a visual aid and briefly discuss the kind of technologies the different series use. With that knowledge, you can comfortably dive into our individual reviews that analyze AudioQuest's Pearl 18, BlueBerry 18, Cherry Cola 48, Cinnamon 48, and ThunderBird 48. Much like past HDMI TEST BENCH reviews, we look at packaging and build quality, provide physical measurements, and assess performance using Murideo's Fox & Hound 8K Test Kit and real-world testing scenarios.
In past reviews, we've suggested avoiding cables that are shorter than 2m because some short run cables may introduce issues that prevent equalization between two components or a component and display. This is why we asked AudioQuest to provide short lengths where possible and included devices like Apple TV in our testing. In the case of AudioQuest, we didn't encounter any issues with short cables in our testing environment. Please be aware: your mileage may vary.
The models covered in this review series are as follows and can be purchased from a wide range of dealers and online retailers. We've provided links to both Amazon and World Wide Stereo next to each model length. Please note that purchasing through these links may provide AV NIRVANA with a small commission. So, if you'd like to support the forum, click away. Otherwise, we encourage you to support your preferred e-retailer or local dealer.
Models tested are:
- Pearl 18 - 15m (purchase from: Amazon, World Wide Stereo)
- BlueBerry 18 - .75m (Amazon, World Wide Stereo)
- BlueBerry 18 - 5m (Amazon, World Wide Stereo)
- Cherry Cola 48 - 15m (Amazon, World Wide Stereo)
- Cinnamon 48 - .75m (Amazon)
- Cinnamon 48 - 5m (Amazon, World Wide Stereo)
- ThunderBird 48 - .75m (Amazon)
- ThunderBird 48 - 3m (Amazon)
Before watching the individual reviews created for each model we tested, click here and watch the overview. Here, you'll better understand AudioQuest's various HDMI offerings and see how the models we reviewed fit into the company's HDMI puzzle.
Link to the ThunderBird 48 review is in the first comment of the discussion!