Hi Colm & Murbella7,
I think you guys have misunderstood me. I never intended to focus on the capabilities of the HDMI 1.4 cables. What you guys are saying might be true, regarding the marketing gimmicks, but whatever it is, these cables are there out for sale in the market and they are selling like hot cakes. if I'm right HDMI V1.4 comes with a HEC, ARC, 3D, 4K support, Etc... People with Bigger 3D and Wifi enabled LED screens and Projector Screens will start to use them sooner than you think. I went to the www.hdmi.org
and what you are saying is true, They have banned the use of HDMI version numbers. But the fact remain the same even though its not legal to print the version number on the cable, different cables have different capabilities whether its numbered or not.
No use of HDMI Version Numbers:
Finding the Right Cable:
Introducing HDMI Specification Version 1.4a:
Anyway, Since the topic of this thread was "HDMI 1.4 Switch" I only intended to give my 2 cents on a 4x1 HDMI Switch with a Toslink Output that I found on Amazon.com for a reasonable price that actually does a good job.
Like I stated on my earlier comment, I never intended to discuss anything about HDMI Cables or its various versions or their capabilities.
My Yamaha DSP-A1 is 15 years old and it doesn't have any HDMI inputs, hence I needed to find a way to connect my new Blu Ray Player to get 5.1 Surround Sound from my Receiver. The Sony Blu Ray player didn't come with any digital audio output and it only had a single HDMI output to send both audio and video signals. So this was the solution I found to connect it with my receiver.
The Switcher came with 3D support, 4K upscaling, HEC and ARC capabilities and it had 4 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI Output, 1 Toslink Output and 1 Ethernet Input.
As far as I know, not many of the more expensive Switch makers have been able to bring out this type of products into the market. If someone does, they cost almost same as buying a new low end receiver. This might be due to the fact that almost all modern receivers comes with HDMI Switching, HDMI Pass Through Technology, 3D support, 4K upscaling, HEC and ARC Built-in to the receiver.
But guys like me who still enjoy using old receivers like Yamaha DSP- A1 can use these types of external 4x1 HDMI switches to connect new HD devices to our existing receivers using Toslink optical cables and enjoy excellent 5.1 Surround Sound.