In some cases, not all.
And that is what I am trying to find out but so far no processor out there does it.
For the record, Classe' uses HDMI 1.3b certified hardware in their new SSP-800 and its release is imminent.
And look how late they are to the market, so much for superior engineering.
Unfortunately, most people will accept less than the best and that is what other companies cater to. For those that top quality matters to, companies like Classe' are there to answer the call. They aren't competing on price but on performance, no corners have to be cut. Two different business models yields two different results.
Again you just assume that the classe will have "better" quality.
Better parts, better circuit topologies, better engineering. Some companies engineer products to last others don't.
How are the parts better, or better circuit topologies, and the engineering is not better since they hade to use a DSP setup from another company and could not develope their own. The DAC's are no better as well.
It's no different in the area of audio. How many times have you replaced your equipment in the past five years? The SSP-800 is built to last and that's why it comes with a five year transferrable warranty. Can you say that about your Denon??? I think not. That, my friend, is value.
Ok, so you pay more for a better warranty and customer support but don't think your money bus something "better" or better sounding just because it does cost more money or has a different name on the front.