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when will HDMI become standard on AV ampss ?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by ARoss, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. ARoss

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    Just a tad frustrated at the moment as I have a new TV and the amazing cheap and thin HDMI cable as well.

    However, from what I have seen, HDMI switching without hiccups/up/down/scaling issues and hassle/cost is still to hit the high-end stratospheres never mind the devices for the masses.

    Does anyone have information or an opinion when the AV amps/receivers will start to offer great HDMI support ?

    ..... in the meantime I better run another 8 cables to cope with most eventualities :eek:
     
  2. Son of Shaft

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    The Philips DFR9000 has HDMI switching. Only 2 inputs though. Dunno if it switches trouble free, the unit is pretty new so there is little experience with it.

    Yamaha 4600 also has HDMI switching (3 inputs), costs a little more though.
     
  3. Astaroth

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    Denon is releasing the '06 versions of their AVRs in the next couple of months - i believe at least a couple will feature digital video switching
     
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    Both Pioneer AX4 and Denon 4306 will have not only HDMI switching (2 in 1 out) but also will provide Transcoding of all analog sources to HDMI so that you can have only one HDMI cable to your display.
     
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    probably when hdtv's are standard :p
     
  6. ARoss

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    so we're probably looking at 2007 before low-end units get the treatment ?
    ie sub £400 AV amps/receivers
    or does anybody think there will be a rush equipment coming out next year.
     
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    not for switching - for conversion then it may be alittle longer
     
  8. Joe Fernand

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    ARoss

    Part of the problem being the availibity of HDMI transmitters from the hardware vendors has been pretty limited and also there are a multitude of Transmitter options with DVI and HDMI making it tricky to actually 'standardise' this technology.

    See http://www.siliconimage.com/

    A lot of the hardware that's currently on the market with HDMI outputs and inputs are using less than full spec HDMI chips - often they only carry a video signal; no stereo or multi channel audio.

    You can also have problems with interfacing DVI and HDMI kit as different generations of HDMI hardware has different handshaking protocols and not everything works as expected - see the April 2005 edition of HiFi News where they are reviewing the Denon AVC-A1XV AV Amplifier and suffer from intermittent video signal drop out due to handshaking problems with the projector they are using.

    I guess until such times as everything is bullet proof the hardware manufacturers will be wary of HDMI and the complications it can introduce into a system.

    It may be more costly but for now external switchers and distribution amps are more flexible and more likely to achieve what you require.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
  9. chedmaster

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    component switching isn't even standard for the masses yet!
     
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    And many display panels (like the Fuji which I'm hoping to get soon) onl accepts 'standard' HD definitions on the HDMI input (like 720p, 1080i, etc...) ....

    So, if you have an external scaler you can't do 1x1 mapping via HDMI .... although Fujitsu is apparently looking into it to enable 1366x768 via HDMI ..... which would be 1x1.

    Until then...... I'll be using my DVI switch....

    Cheers,

    Marcelo
     

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