What kind of testing do your cables go through?

All of our III and V Series 1.5 and 2.5 HDMI cables are premium certified through HDMI.org and conform to the 2.0b specifications. We are relentless in our pursuit to optimize data transfer rate, resolution, and framerate to the highest possible standard. Every inch of every cable is tested. And while our 5 meter cables go through the same testing procedure, HDMI.org does not offer certification for active cables, but rest assured they are built to the highest possible quality standard. 

Austere audio cables are built to our highest quality standards and are rigorously tested for noise filtering, signal strength, construction, and audio format optimization. We are passionate about providing you an impeccable level of quality and performance. Always.

All of our cables are stylish and sleek and every design choice we make reflects our relentless commitment to performance and safety.

Are your products rated for outdoor use?

No, our products are not rated for nor recommend for outdoor use.

Are your products rated for in-wall installation?

No, our products are not rated for nor recommended for in-wall installation.

Why would I need your cables if I can get one for $5?

The quality of the cables that you use is just as important as the quality of the devices you are connecting. If you have a 4K television, you want to make sure that the HDMI cable you’re using to connect it to your 4K cable box or media player is also capable of transferring all of that data at an optimal, HDMI certified level. Otherwise, you are not going to experience true 4K. The same concept applies to your audio devices.

Our cables are built for quality, and they are built to last. We are so committed to this that we back them with a lifetime guarantee. A $5 cable is not only not protected for life, but it’s also quite likely to break or fail.

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What’s the difference between the III Series and V series HDMI cables?

Aesthetically, each series is designated by its color accent, and right now we have copper accents for the III Series and sapphire blue for the V Series. The V Series features 30 micro inch hard gold contacts (ten times more than any of our competitors), compared with the 15 micro inches on the III Series, ensuring a higher quality signal that will last for a longer period of time. In addition, the V Series features our LinkFit Locking Connector to help secure the physical connection between your devices and prevent accidental disconnection. All of our HDMI cables are protected by our Kevlar Woven Armor; however, the V series has a bit more tensile strength because we also reinforced the inside of the cable with Kevlar. Finally, the silver-plated conductors on the V series will help to improve audio performance. Click here to view our HDMI Series Comparison Chart. 

What is an Active HDMI cable? Why do I need it?

As cable lengths increase, the signal they carry decreases in strength. An active cable contains built-in electronic components that help to push the signal in longer cables. This boost ensures that the signal quality of our 5 meter HDMI cables is just as good as our 1.5 meter and 2.5 meter cable lengths.

Are your cables one directional?

Austere 5 meter HDMI cables are one directional.The source and TV connectors are clearly labeled on the ends of the cable. (Note: the end that says “TV” can also be connected to any display including a computer monitor, projector, or other HDMI-compatible display). 

Do you have any 8K HDMI cables?

We’re excited to announce that Austere now sells 8K HDMI cables

What are the specifications of your 8K HDMI cables?

Austere 8K HDMI cable is distinctly engineered to meet the highest standards of 8K specifications, including a bandwidth of 48Gbps and can carry resolutions up to 10K and 8K60, 4K120 frame rates. 

Will I notice a difference using a standard HDMI cable and a 4K HDMI cable on my 4K TV?

Yes. Not all cables can handle the data transfer rate required to sustain a true 4K picture. Only HDMI.org certification label ensures that your cables will maintain that 4K@60hz quality.

What are the benefits of HDMI vs other kinds of AV connections?

HDMI has become the standard for the majority of AV products due to its effectiveness and easy installation. It can boast up to 4K resolution at 60hz, outperforming the now outdated and clunky composite cable by leaps and bounds. The have similar capabilities to Display Port (DP) cables, but HDMI is more widespread, as DP is more focused on computer monitors.

Aren't all HDMI cables the same? 

Our III and V Series 1.5 meter and 2.5 meter HDMI cables are premium certified by HDMI.org. Because HDMI certification requires high quality performance, you can expect nothing less than a pristine signal when you use Austere cables. Not all HDMI cables on the market are certified, but we hold ourselves to this high standard of performance. Always.

What does premium certified cable mean, is that important?

All of our III and V Series 1.5 and 2.5 HDMI cables are premium certified through HDMI.org and conform to the 2.0b specifications. Because HDMI certification requires high quality performance, you can expect nothing less than a pristine signal when you use Austere HDMI cables. Not all HDMI cables on the market are HDMI certified, but Austere holds itself to this high standard of performance.

What is the gbps bandwidth on the 4K HDMI cables?

All Austere HDMI cables support 18 Gbps bandwidth, in addition to 4K@60FPS, HDR, and ARC. Also, all are spec'd to an HDMI.org certified level, so you can rest assured that you're going to get the highest quality connection available when you use our cables.

What is High Fidelity ARC?

ARC (audio return channel) is essentially a 2-way communication between devices over a single HDMI connection. It simplifies setup and allows your TV and audio equipment to “talk to each other.” For example, you don't need a remote for the TV and another for your soundbar, ARC will allow you to control both with 1 remote. ARC also enhances audio performance in streaming applications.

What is High Fidelity eARC?

eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) is the next generation of ARC. It’s a feature implemented in the most recent HDMI 2.1 specification. The main benefit of eARC is a big boost in bandwidth and speed. This allows you to send higher-quality audio from your TV to a soundbar or AV receiver. Austere VII Series 8K HDMI cables support eARC. 

 

AUDIO

Why do I need an optical cable?

Optical cables offer faster data transfer between your source and audio devices, which generally means there will be little-to-no lag or delay, and the signal itself is clearer and less “noisy” than other cables. Additionally, they are smaller and easier to route between your devices due to their pliability.

Why do the optical cables have "Pure Gold connectors" if it is a light transmission cable? 

It is true that the actual data transmission is done using light so normal electrical contacts which require gold for a reliable connection, are not used. However, we use cast metal housings for extended durability and to maintain the look and style of all of our V Series cables. The gold coating keeps the surface looking beautiful and will not allow any corrosion over time in high humidity environments. Dedicated to much more than just value and functionality, we are committed to creating products that are designed with intent, from the superior materials to the injection of colors. aDesign is the consistent standard upon which our design team honors and respects these core values.

I’m having trouble plugging in my optical audio cable, it doesn’t seem to fit. Help?

Out of the box, Austere optical audio cables come with a protective lens cap on the tip of the connector. Be sure to remove the cap before you plug it in.

Do you sell your speaker cable in smaller spools?

We currently only offer the 100ft spools of speaker cable.

Can I purchase your banana jacks in larger packs?

Currently, we only offer packs of 2 pair (4 total) banana jacks for purchase. We may offer larger packs if there is an increased demand for it.