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PERFECTWAVE AudioQuest ThunderBird 48 HDMI

PS Audio’s newest choice for our PerfectWave Series

Only AudioQuest HDMI 48 cables can transmit the full 48Gbps of data required to fully optimize today’s HDMI 2.1 equipment. AudioQuest ThunderBird 48 HDMI cables are guaranteed to have the 48Gbps to enable the highest possible HDMI data streams in technological history.

ThunderBird 48 features 10% Silver-Plated Copper conductors and drains that have been direction-controlled for the most efficient dissipation of radio-frequency noise; high-loss graphene is added to the carbon layer and a “global” high-loss carbon layer is placed around all conductors.


7-10 days for shipment

PERFECTWAVE AudioQuest ThunderBird 48 HDMI

Product Description

The new AudioQuest ThunderBird 48 HDMI is an excellent match for PS Audio PerfectWave products, offering a deep, rich, sonic experience when connecting I2S digital audio through our HDMI style connectors.

PS Audio’s I2S digital audio interface is a critical link between source and DAC. The better the HDMI cable, the better sound coming out of your loudspeakers.

ThunderBird 48 is the newest and most exciting match for PS Audio’s PerfectWave products like the DirectStream DAC and SACD Transport. Featuring direction-controlled 10% Silver solid conductors, this HDMI cable offers amazing speed and resolution without sacrificing any spatial or tonal characteristics.

This product qualifies for our risk free in-home trial in the continental United States when purchased directly from PS Audio. Break-in on AQ Cables may be required for optimal performance.

Solid 10% Perfect-Surface Silver

Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications, like HDMI audio. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. This is an incredibly cost effective way of manufacturing very high-quality HDMI cables.


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.

Level 5 Noise Dissipation: Graphene + Global Carbon + 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. In Level 5 Noise-Dissipation, high-loss graphene is added to the carbon layer and a “global” high-loss carbon layer is placed around all conductors.

  • 10% Silver Conductors, Solid
  • Hard-Cell Foam Insulation
  • Level 5 Noise Dissipation: Graphene + Global Carbon + Directionality
  • High-Speed Data Capacity
  • Controlled for Low-Noise Directionality