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(I edited this thread to append a post by Bob P. on the ins and outs of HDMI audio. This was done because it's an excellent explanation of a topic many are confused about - and is directly relevant to the intent of this thread. I apologize for the length of this first post. If we ever sticky his post, we can move it out of this post. Orignal Thread )

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When this thread was first created, there was no need for HDMI 1.3. The situation is changing slightly. Due to the slow adoption of DTS-HD Master Audio decoding in players, and the recent release of players which can output bistream DTS-HD Master Audio and HDMI 1.3 receivers with DTS-HD Master Audio decoders, it may be desirable in certain situations to get an HDMI 1.3 receiver with the newer audio decoders onboard.

It should be noted, though, that just because a player supports bitstream output doesn't mean it will be able to output bitstream. In the HD DVD world, there's an advanced content flag which, according to what I have read, can't be ignored. The advanced content (interactive audio,) must be mixed by the player. To send bitstream audio, the player would have to encode the audio, after mixing, to something like TrueHD which seems like an unlikely feature in the near future.

It seems Blu-ray will allow for bypassing audio mixing, so Blu-ray owners are more likely to be interested in receivers with decoders, especially if DTS-HD Master Audio becomes more common for soundtracks, and decoding is not being implemented in Blu-ray players.

This post is intended to educate the consumer on what HDMI 1.3 provides, and why you would or would not need it, not to indicate that you should never buy an HDMI 1.3 product.

The situation with DTS-HD Master Audio, and any other bistream audio scenarios appears to be in a state of change, so, as always, caveat emptor.

HDMI 1.3 Audio

Even though there is new a crop of HDMI 1.3 receivers coming out this fall, in many cases you won't need HDMI 1.3 to take advantage of lossless audio such as TrueHD. HD DVD players all have a TrueHD decoder and can output lossless audio via multi-channel PCM over HDMI (MPCM). Utilizing that requires a receiver with HDMI and the ability to handle at least 5.1 MPCM over HDMI. Many Blu-ray movies have PCM soundtracks, which also won't require any receiver side decoding.

A few movies have DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Most players don't have DTS-HD Master Audio decoders. Some newer HDMI 1.3 receivers have DTS-HD Master Audio decoders which can be used in conjunction with a player that can output bitstream DTS-HD Master Audio. It may be desirable, especially for owners of Blu-ray players that can't decode DTS-HD Master Audio to employ an HDMI 1.3 receiver with a built in decoder. In this one case HDMI 1.3 is useful, and earlier versions don't support transmission of bitstream DTS-HD Master Audio over HDMI.

Another format, Dolby Digital Plus is lossy, but less lossy than Dolby Digital. It has not seen widespread adoption, but many players can decode this format and transmit it via MPCM over HDMI.

HDMI 1.3 Video

HDMI 1.3 also has the ability to support a feature called Deep Color. There are no current sources of Deep Color. Another HDMI 1.3 feature xvYCC will probably not see wide adoption. Sony is using this in some high definition camcorders (they call it xv.color). If you have an camcorder with xv.color and a display with xv.color, a receiver which pass this information over HDMI 1.3 could be useful to you.

Summary

If you own an HD DVD player (and want to hear a TrueHD soundtrack in all it's glory)
* They all have TrueHD decoders built in and can send lossless audio via MPCM over HDMI (or multi-channel analog); this means that any receiver with HDMI and the ability to handle at least 5.1 MPCM supports lossless audio
* You don't need HDMI 1.3 to take advantage of Dolby Digital Plus; see above

If you own a Blu-ray player
* Most movies seem to have a lossless PCM soundtrack; this can be heard in all it's glory over MPCM/HDMI (or multi-channel analog)
* Listening to DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks may require an external decoder

Either flavor of HD player
* While you do need HDMI 1.3 to take advantage of Deep Color, there are no imminent sources for Deep Color
* A small number of people might want xvYCC

Additional Information on HDMI

HDMI Faq
Information from Dolby
How to connect your AVR (from dtsonline)

Bob P's explanation of the ins and outs of HDMI audio - posted by popular demand; unedited

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"First some background. LPCM, often just referred to as PCM, can best be thought of as the simplest form of digital audio. There is one PCM stream for each intended speaker. The result of a studio mix for a movie is a set of PCM streams. Processing of digital audio in devices like receivers also involves manipulation of PCM.

Now PCM is not particularly compact, and there are details involved in keeping the separate PCM streams in sync, so packing formats were created. The packing formats combine the set of PCM streams together and "compress" them to produce a single, smaller, "bitstream".

Traditional Dolby Digital and DTS, as found on standard DVDs and in some HDTV broadcasts are "lossy" packing formats. Some audio quality is deliberately discarded in the packing process to get more compression. The PCM that comes out of decoding those is not the same as the PCM that went into the encoder in the studio.

The new Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA formats, as found on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs, are "lossless" packing formats. The PCM that comes out of decoding them is bit for bit identical to the PCM that went into the encoder in the studio. As a result, these new formats can not produce as much compression. They take up more space on disc and a higher bit rate when reading the disc. Although that wouldn't work for standard DVDs, the new HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats have enough capacity and bit rate to allow that.

But the packed audio formats have to be DECODED back into PCM before you can really do anything with the audio. For Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA, the decoder could be in the player or it could be in the receiver. In either case, what comes out of the decoder is a set of PCM streams -- the IDENTICAL PCM that went into the encoder in the studio. The technology licensing from Dolby Labs and DTS insure this.

Now if the decoding is done in the player, you need to get the resulting set of high bandwidth, multi-channel PCM streams over to the receiver. To do that (digitally) requires HDMI V1.1 (or higher) at each end. It doesn't matter that both ends are at the same level of HDMI so long as each is at least HDMI V1.1. Now passing PCM this way is an *OPTIONAL* feature of HDMI V1.1 or higher. As it turns out, all the players do this, so the only thing you need to worry about is whether the RECEIVER you are looking at is also engineered to accept this style of PCM as digital audio input over HDMI, and whether the receiver "does the right thing" with that PCM once it arrives. Doing the right thing, here, means such stuff as doing speaker configuration management (steering bass from small speakers to your subwoofer for example), proper handling of the LFE channel, and any value added processing you would like such as THX post processing or the ability to take 2.0 or 5.1 channel input and manipulate it to produce 7.1 speaker output. See the "future proof" receiver sticky thread at the top of this forum for details.

It is just plain wrong to think of this as not being proper playback of the TrueHD or DTS-HD MA track. It is perfectly proper, and in fact it is how people are enjoying TrueHD today. [See below regarding DTS-HD MA.]

In the alternative, if the decoding is to be done in the RECEIVER, then you need to get the still-encoded "bitstream" -- the original, packed TrueHD or DTS-HD MA data -- over into the receiver. And THAT requires HDMI V1.3 or higher on both ends. But beware, that, once again, the ability to pass these new, "lossless" bitstreams is an *OPTIONAL* feature of HDMI V1.3. As it turns out, there are only a scant few players out there now that implement HDMI V1.3, and, as of today, *NONE OF THEM* actually implement passing these bitstreams to HDMI V1.3 receivers. This, of course, will change over time.

Once the bitstream gets into the receiver, and presuming the receiver has the right decoder, the bitstream will be decoded into PCM. This is THE SAME PCM as the player might produce. So there's really no difference. Either the player produces the PCM and transfers it to the receiver over HDMI (V1.1 or higher) or the player passes the bitstream to the receiver over HDMI (V1.3 of higher) and the receiver produces the IDENTICALLY SAME PCM.

Now there's one other gotcha here. HD-DVD today, and Blu-Ray later this year (player profile 1.1) support "in-player audio mixing". This is the ability of the player to read more than one audio stream off the disc and mix them together for playback. The studios making each disc get to decide whether or not to take advantage of this feature. Typically the feature would be used for sound effects in menus, overlayed producer commentary tracks, switching of languages by just swapping out the center speaker channel, and such like. Pretty much ALL HD-DVD discs are authored this way now and the assumption is that Blu-Ray discs will start being authored this way later this year when the new players are shipped that implement player profile 1.1.

And the gotcha is that in-player audio mixing can't happen unless THE PLAYER decodes the packed, lossless audio formats. Remember? Processing is done in PCM. So the player has to turn TrueHD or DTS-HD MA bitstreams into PCM before it can do the audio mixing. And then the result of that mixing, still as PCM, gets sent over HDMI to the receiver. So if you want these features of these discs to play correctly you HAVE TO get A PLAYER that has the audio decoders of interest to you.

Finally there is the issue of DTS-HD MA. No product has DTS-HD MA decoding today. No player, and no receiver. DTS-HD MA decoding will probably start showing up in products this Fall. It may show up in HDMI V1.3 receivers first, but players with the decoder will follow quite soon after. However, it is not clear whether any of the currently shipping players will ever be upgraded to ADD the missing DTS-HD MA decoder. They may expect you to buy a new player.

Dolby TrueHD decoding is standard in HD-DVD players. DTS-HD MA decoding is optional.

In Blu-Ray players, both TrueHD and DTS-HD MA decoding is optional. Some Blu-Ray discs include raw PCM tracks that are also high quality audio tracks and can best be thought of as "pre-decoded". You may be wondering why so many Blu-Ray discs include DTS-HD MA tracks if nobody can decode them yet. The answer is that there's a "core" subset of those tracks which can be easily extracted and passed along to receivers as a traditional, lossy, DTS bitstream. And that's how these players provide their "compatibility" digital audio track intended for use with older or less capable receivers -- e.g., over an optical digital audio cable.

Finally, all of the above was with respect to DIGITAL playback of these tracks. If the player happens to have a decoder for TrueHD for example, and ALSO has the ability to convert digital audio (PCM) to multi-channel analog audio, then the player can send multi-channel analog output to a receiver that has multi-channel analog inputs. But once again, notice that it is THE PLAYER doing the decoding that makes this work.

If all of this sounds confusing, well it is. These products are still in the "early adopter" stage, which means if you decide to buy now you will likely pay a premium price and will likely ALSO feel a strong need to replace your purchase with a new device over the next year. Blu-Ray customers, in particular, have the player profile 1.1 stuff coming up later this summer.

If you find a receiver you like and it happens to come with HDMI V1.3, then fine, but make sure it also accepts high bandwidth, multi-channel PCM over HDMI and does the right thing with it. If you find an HDMI V1.1 product you like and are worried that it is not HDMI V1.3, see the "why you don't need HDMI V1.3" sticky thread at the top of this forum."
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Very good points and why I decided to buy a level 6 receiver now.

Thanks!
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Excellent summary of the situation. Very clear and concise, hopefully it will answer many questions before they are asked. Great job!
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Excellent summary of the situation. Very clear and concise, hopefully it will answer many questions before they are asked. Great job!

Yes, thanks for a good description.

Just to be clear, WORST CASE you'll be OK as long as your receiver has 7.1 analog inputs, but then you are relying on the DVD player to decode.

For these receivers with the LFE issue, why can't they just issue new firmware updates to fix it in the receiver?
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It should also be noted that while the auto-lipsync feature was first mentioned in the HDMI 1.3 press release, the latency metadata can actually be transmitted via HDMI 1.2a connections.

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For these receivers with the LFE issue, why can't they just issue new firmware updates to fix it in the receiver?

My 74-series Elite receiver finally does have a firmware update to fix it's LFE issue, but I'll have to wait over a week to get the receiver back from the service center. To Pioneer's credit, though, they did issue a fix.

Also, I have found that adding a subwoofer eq, like the Onix R-DES or Velodyne SMS, will greatly help, if not totally alleviate, the LFE problem.

To the original post, there is no reason for HDMI 1.3 if you do have a properly implemented 1.1 or 1.2 solution. If that's the only reason your buying a new, "improved" receiver I would save your money, and spend it on a bunch of HD media, or another part of your system.

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Although as a "bullet" item it would be nice to have HDMI 1.3, I agree with the original poster, since I will soon (hopefully) be the proud owner of a Sony STR 5200ES. However, I think this thread should e in the HDMI area.

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Yes, thanks for a good description.

Just to be clear, WORST CASE you'll be OK as long as your receiver has 7.1 analog inputs, but then you are relying on the DVD player to decode.

Agreed. Excellent description.

Regarding 7.1 analog, not all players have 7.1 analog outputs. For example, the highly popular PS3 does not. The only way to obtain the new lossless multi-channel audio formats from the PS3 is via HDMI (1.1 and higher).
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Very good points and why I decided to buy a level 6 receiver now.

Thanks!

what is a level 6 receiver?
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what is a level 6 receiver?

Its one better than a Level 5

Its a term they use in the "Sticky" thread at the top of this forum - grouping receivers via their capabilities. Take a gander at that thread and it will be clear. (OK, I am still learning all this too so I can't say it will immediately become 'clear')
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Although as a "bullet" item it would be nice to have HDMI 1.3, I agree with the original poster, since I will soon (hopefully) be the proud owner of a Sony STR 5200ES. However, I think this thread should e in the HDMI area.

Perhaps, but I see a lot of threads started in this forum related to this discussion.

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Its one better than a Level 5

Its a term they use in the "Sticky" thread at the top of this forum - grouping receivers via their capabilities. Take a gander at that thread and it will be clear. (OK, I am still learning all this too so I can't say it will immediately become 'clear')

ahhh! so the AVR-3806 and the VSX-84TXSi that I narrowed down my search to are level 6 receivers. Cool! I guess I do have some clue Thanks!
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Thanks for your work in making this summary! I would add a slight correction re: HDMI 1.2 and SACD playback, which is a complicated situation. (Any other clarifications welcomed.)

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What about HDMI 1.2 and 1.2a? The most likely desire for HDMI 1.2 is to pass DSD from an SACD player directly to the receiver.

I agree with that part ...

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The newer universal players with SACD support can output to PCM similar to how the new high definition audio formats for HD DVD and Blu-ray work. I know of no HDMI 1.2a receiver that has a built in DSD decoder. In summary all other things being equal, current HDMI 1.2a receivers are not adding any value.

Correction: a few newer players with SACD support can convert DSD (the native SACD digital format) to a high-definition form of PCM, and then output the PCM over HDMI, similar to how the new high definition audio formats for HD DVD and Blu-ray work. As of Jan. 2007, three players can do it that way: Oppo 970, Oppo 981, Sony Playstation 3.

There are still no SACD players that can output native DSD over PCM. Therefore, while (some or all) current HDMI 1.2a receivers may have DSD decoders, the consumer has no way to test that function until the players are available. In summary, there's a lot we still don't know
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One point that I am unclear on is whether individual disks can disalow passthrough of bitstream to the player.

And how does Master Audio work with interactive audio if the player must mix the audio?

I would love to address these points if people can link me to reliable information.

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Michael,

Please post this link from Dolby in the 1st post. This has a good description of what is needed and not needed for lossless audio formats.
http://www.dolby.com/consumer/techno...HD_avrs_1.html

There is some very good info on page#3 of this link.
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Also, I have found that adding a subwoofer eq, like the Onix R-DES or Velodyne SMS, will greatly help, if not totally alleviate, the LFE problem.

Sorry, but that's nonsense. The most you can do there is boost all bass - you can't solve the real problem that the LFE is too low compared to the main channel bass.

And on the DSD over HDMI front, the Marantz SR7001 and SR8001, and Yamaha RX-V1700 and RX-V2700 claim to support it.
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What about DTS-HD Master Audio? To the best of my knowledge you do need HDMI 1.3 and a receiver/processor which can decode it to achieve the best fidelity. PCM apparently does not have a high enough bandwidth to reproduce it without loss of fidelity. This may be a reason to want HDMI 1.3 but the products to fully support Master Audio are not here yet. I quite dtsonline.com here:

DTS also have this on their site:-

http://www.dts.com/dts-hd/dtshd-mast...g-receiver.php

HDMI 1.1 will also be sufficient.
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Sorry, but that's nonsense. The most you can do there is boost all bass - you can't solve the real problem that the LFE is too low compared to the main channel bass.

And on the DSD over HDMI front, the Marantz SR7001 and SR8001, and Yamaha RX-V1700 and RX-V2700 claim to support it.

I never said it was a permanent fix, but I did find it to help compared to when the R-DES wasn't in the system. I would never recommend an EQ as a total fix by any means. I have read your various posts on the subject, and agree with your conclusions. Obviously, the only way to completely correct the issue is via a firmware update. I am working with a tech right now to do just that.

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Michael.....good post, but quick correction on your post about:
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What about DTS-HD Master Audio? To the best of my knowledge you do need HDMI 1.3 and a receiver/processor which can decode it to achieve the best fidelity. PCM apparently does not have a high enough bandwidth to reproduce it without loss of fidelity. This may be a reason to want HDMI 1.3 but the products to fully support Master Audio are not here yet. I quite dtsonline.com here:

This is NOT true. You do NOT need 1.3 to handle DTS-HD master audio.

here is the info:
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High Definition Player with DTS-HD Decoder to Current AV Receiver

You can enjoy DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio if you have a new Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD player with a DTS-HD Audio decoder built into the player. The audio will be decoded inside the player and passed to the receiver in two different ways.

HDMI 1.1 or 1.2 Connection

In this scenario, the high definition player would output the audio as an uncompressed 6 to 8 channel linear PCM digital audio stream. You will need a player with a built-in DTS-HD Decoder, and both player and AV Receiver need to include HDMI version 1.1 or 1.2* outputs/inputs. HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, and is a single-cable connection designed to accommodate digital multi channel audio and video. Simply connect the HDMI cable from the output of the player to the HDMI input of the AV Receiver. The DTS decoder inside the AV Receiver will "ignore" the Linear PCM stream and pass the audio stream on to your receiver's digital-to-analog converters and then on to the 5.1 or 7.1 amplifier. This way you can enjoy DTS-HD Master Audio that is a bit-for-bit identical to the studio master.



6 to 8 Channel Analog Connection

In this scenario, the high definition player will output DTS-HD Audio through the analog outputs of the player to your AV Receiver. The DTS-HD Master Audio or DTS-HD High Resolution will be decoded by the player and sent out as analog audio signals to the AV Receiver. You would Simply connect 6, 7, or 8 RCA cables from the analog outputs of the player to the analog inputs on your AV Receiver. The number of analog cables will be determined by the number of analog output/inputs on the player and receiver. The analog signals will go directly to the receiver's amplifier section. In this way you can enjoy DTS-HD Master Audio that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master.


the info is on the DTS website:
http://www.dts.com/dts-hd/dtshd-mast...g-receiver.php

EDIT: ooops...someone posted the link already..doh!
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Thanks for the corrections. I modified the original post and added some links.

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I just wanted to comment that the term DTS-HD Master Audio is awkward

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While I agree it is not necessary to have HDMI 1.3 for existing functions, I do plan to wait for forthcoming AVRs. There are numerous posts in this forum about incompatibilities between AVR HDMI and sources that hopefully in the next versions of these AVR the implementation of the HDMI will be improved and not have such issues. In additiion, there are numerous other issues with most of the popular AVRs that I am interested in purchasing....waiting!

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Nice post.

I am in total agreement and am doing my upgrading now rather than await first gen 1.3 HDMI. HDMI 1.3 Too far off for processors when today's 1.2, 1.1 HDMI processors offer everything we need with stability I see no need to await another 'breakthrough'.

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Nice post.

I am in total agreement and am doing my upgrading now rather than await first gen 1.3 HDMI. HDMI 1.3 Too far off for processors when today's 1.2, 1.1 HDMI processors offer everything we need with stability I see no need to await another 'breakthrough'.

What are you planning on getting jeff?
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To now..
All of the mentioned points for HDMI 1.3 have been directed toward the handling/processing HD video and HD audio streams...

A significant part of HDMI has been overlooked..
That is Improved inter-operability between HDMI components..
This a very crucial point and pertinent benefit of using the later HDMI 1.3 compliance level for the category products of source, sync and repeater products....
As well as being backward compatible...

Even though an HDMI source product (HD DVD player or PS 3) is capable of outputting a 5.1 LPCM stream, these components may/do function differently when connected to the same AVR w/HDMI.. Therefore even though the EDID table within the source product is the same, the connected AVR (HDMI repeater circuit) can/will operate differently.. depending upon how its internal controller translates and implements the EDID info...

Later products typically should have better inter-operability..
Plus the capability of handling later stream formats.

Therefore.. IMHO..
Instead of having various brands toot their horn of being able to output HD lossless or deep colors...
Why not concentrate on increasing the confidence level that HDMI source component A will work/function as promised with HDMI AVR of of brand B...
The later SimPlay HD program is a step in the rite direction but still significant work is required to complete the task...
Perhaps the members of the HDMI consortium should rethink this part.

Just my $.02 worth........
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Sorry, but that's nonsense. The most you can do there is boost all bass - you can't solve the real problem that the LFE is too low compared to the main channel bass.

It was suggested in another thread that a bigger sub amp might help, too.

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You do NOT need 1.3 to handle DTS-HD master audio.

I think what happens is people see that one "New receiver" page on the DTS site out of the context of the other options on other pages and assume it's the only way.

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To now..
All of the mentioned points for HDMI 1.3 have been directed toward the handling/processing HD video and HD audio streams...

A significant part of HDMI has been overlooked..
That is Improved inter-operability between HDMI components..

Later products typically should have better inter-operability..
Plus the capability of handling later stream formats.

If you can provide a link explaining how HDMI 1.3 improves interoperability, I would appreciate it.

I could find nothing on their site indicating that they improved interoperability or testing with HDMI 1.3. I don't believe Simplay is linked to HDMI 1.3 in any way.

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Also keep in mind that most interoperability problems are the result of faulty implementation in currently existing SOURCE devices -- cable TV set top boxes for example.

An HDMI V1.3 receiver is going to be hard pressed to cover for all the weirdnesses in the legacy HDMI source devices out there.

Highly flexible displays (native input resolution / 24Hz input / etc.) add their own complexity to this. And again an HDMI V1.3 receiver isn't automatically going to make problems in CURRENT displays suddenly vanish.

But lest I put too wet a blanket on all this, it CAN be done! Older HDMI receivers connected to well engineered, older, HDMI source devices, have few if any problems already. And some currrent HDMI receivers do a pretty darned good job of dealing with poorer engineered source and display devices also.

That said, it is apparent that manufacturers are finally taking HDMI seriously as a marketing advantage instead of just a check-off item. As such, you can expect that new implementations WILL likely be better designed and tested than what we've seen to date. But countering that is that the HDMI V1.3 implementation is tougher.

A manufacturer who has an established record of screwing up HDMI (example: Motorola and their cable set top boxes) will not magically become good at it just because the new implementation is HDMI V1.3. They'll need to expend money and talent on finally getting good at it.
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If you can provide a link explaining how HDMI 1.3 improves interoperability, I would appreciate it.

I could find nothing on their site indicating that they improved interoperability or testing with HDMI 1.3. I don't believe Simplay is linked to HDMI 1.3 in any way.


Taken from the Simplay HD website..
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"The Simplay HD Testing Program is designed for leading consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers and technology providers. Products that pass the Simplay HD testing program give consumer peace of mind that their HD components will work seamlessly with other products that bear the Simplay HD logo. Through this cooperative effort, consumers making home theater purchases are assured that systems bearing the Simplay HD logo have been tested for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) functionality in conjunction with HDMI-ensuring they are compatible and ready to receive and play all types of digital content regardless of manufacturer.
The Simplay HD Testing Program is open to all manufacturers of consumer electronics devices implementing HDMI/HDCP including HDTV's, DTV's, Set-Top Boxes (STB's), DVD players, A/V receivers and cables. The program also maintains broad industry support from a variety of leading digital content providers including The Walt Disney Company, Fox, Universal and Warner Bros.

While major motion picture studios support HDMI with HDCP for the rendering of their premium digital content, HDCP is not a requirement for HDMI-compliant home theater components. The Simplay HD Testing Program provides a means - through product testing and logo usage - for consumers to know that the products they purchase have the functionality to receive and play premium digital content.

The Simplay HD Testing Program is administered by Sunnyvale, California-based Simplay HD Labs, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. Product testing is conducted at one of several Simplay HD Labs located throughout the world. The Simplay HD lab will perform interoperability testing in accordance with the Simplay HD Test Specification and maintain a suite of products for ongoing interoperability testing. Silicon Image leads the global PC/display arena with innovative digital interconnect technology and has emerged as a leading player in the consumer electronics and storage markets, offering robust high-bandwidth semiconductors."


If each brand would submit their HDMI products to SimplayHD for testing then...
Interoperability will definitely improve..
Think about this subject similar to the original PC biz before IBM provided a standard ...
There were multiple variations of electrical specifications for memory, protocols for communications, video standards, printers..

Once the IBM became the defacto standard it became more predictible about how each pherphical device would interface and function as promised..
Next...
Of course...
Came the influences of Intel and Mr.Gates..
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