Originally Posted by Raymond Leggs
HDMI still isnt standardised, and is really a variant of DVI so what is the point of puting HDMI in everything if no one can decide that ALL HDMI devices carry sound along with vidio Via HDMI.
DVI is video only, which isn't relevant in this case as we've already established the Panorama doesn't have video output.
The reason for adding HDMI to the Panorama is so that it can support HD audio formats, which it doesn't, in no small part due to the fact that it DOESN'T have HDMI.
Not sure where in my post that you got the inference that I'm supporting to "puting HDMI in everything" either because it surely isn't there. Though having said that, that doesn't sound like a bad idea!
So you're also suggesting that because "no one can decide that ALL HDMI devices carry sound" that the Panorama shouldn't have HDMI inputs for devices that do? Yes, you're so right, because there exists a device out there that uses HDMI only for video that I shouldn't be able to connect my Blu-ray, HD-DVD, upscaling DVD, PS3, Xbox 360 and digital cable players to the Panorama.
Yeah, makes a lot of sense.
Fact is, any "all-in-one" sound system retailing for more than $2K in my view should have HDMI inputs for the audio AND HDMI output(s) for connecting to the display. Last thing I need is having to connect multiple devices to my display for video AND multiple devices separately to the audio system. Not only is it more unnecessary connections, but it means having to switch inputs on both the display AND the Panorama each time I change sources. Maybe this was a necessity a few years ago, but one of the key benefits of HDMI is to ELIMINATE this hassle.
Having HDMI inputs and output(s) on the Panorama means being able to keep the display on one input and switching source inputs ONLY on the Panorama.