Originally Posted by obie_fl
I second the question what advantage is 1.3 over 1.1?
Well you answered your own question very well.
I think people always inherently think 'more', 'newer' 'revised' means better. And it usually does but not always of course.
So they think '1.3 trumps 1.1'... and technically it does, but like you said it really might actually be useless audio-wise.
If these players are able to overlay commentary or other audio over the movie s'track (but GOD why would people want this???) this needs to be mixed in the player and the best output would then be lossless multichan PCM out HDMI.
And version 1.1 HDMI can do that.
Even if you don't overlay any audio on top of the original s'track, it should be 100% perfectly fine to have a player decode whatever the soundtrack is into DIGITAL PCM and pass that on.
The thing people will REALLY need to look out for is that Recs or pre/pros can handle that multichan uncompressed signal.
They might NOT be able to even if it has HDMI ins and they're 1.1 or 1.2 or 1.3 (or whatever they call the latest version).
And that means hopefully doing distance delay, and bass managment on the signal, and process 5.1 into 7.1 w/ DPLIIx too ('cuz 7.1 s'tracks are probably going to be rare or non-existant).
I totally agree with you too about people just being 'used to' a Rec being the 'hub' of sorts and doing all the decoding of everything.
If any Sat box or DVD player, etc. could decode DD/DTS and pass it as 6 chan uncompressed PCM into a Rec Pre/Pro on Coax/Optical that'd be fine for us too but those couldn't handle such a fat signal like HDMI now can.
This will be diff now with these hi-rez formats and 'the word' should get passed along here as much as possible IMO so we don't keep this confusion going for people.