Originally Posted by crOwcaine
I am looking at picking up the 55" LX9500 as my new panel. I currently have an HDMI 1.3 Pioneer Elite and a PS3 for blu-ray playback. Will it be possible to buy an HDMI 1.4 splitter for when the PS3 gets it's 3D update so that I can pass the PS3 directly to the TV with one output and pass the TrueHD/DTS-Master to the AVR through the second output both via HDMI? Are there any HDMI 1.4 splitters currently available? I really don't want to buy a new AVR and I'm sure others are in the same boat as me. Thanks in advance...
Shame to see some negative replies already as it's far from an unreasonable mission you're on and I myself am on the same mission here in the UK.
To simply say that if you can afford a 3D display and Bluray device then you can afford a new AVR too is missing the point.
As it has taken longer than anticpated to build my own theatre room I have collected my equipment over the last year as the project went along. This has allowed me to buy products when they have been on promotions etc due to me being in no rush and as a result I have much better equipment for my budget.
One example being my AVR the Onkyo 876, this was a £1000 item in the UK and so double my AVR budget yet I got one of the last available for just £575.
So, seeing as it's not yet had a current running through it I will be bu@@ered by a rhinoceros before I bin it for a 1.4 enabled unit now that I have decided to hang out for the 3D JVC X3 projector, for future proofing as much as anything.
I therefore did some research and for me I have two options, firstly go for the dual hdmi out Pani 300t bluray which is designed for this purpose or go the route of a splitter like yourself.
This research has led me through many misconceptions and conjecture due to the newness of the technology and armchair experts taking half of one story and mixing it with half of another they heard from the fat bloke down the pub, serving to confuse us even further.
Some people are saying you don't need 1.4 hdmi for 3D others including the mainstream stores and manufacturers are saying you do. There's talk of 3D in 1080i rather than p over 1.3 on here and so on.
Now I don't work for hdmi, nor do I claim to be an expert but I have found one company in the UK who are claiming to be it seems and they may have the answer for us.
I am yet to speak to them directly to confirm their claims as I am not at the purchase point unlike you but maybe you could send them an email and ask them if they can help you.
They are a specialist cable and splitter/switcher company for HD signals and they seem to be saying that it's no as simple as 1.4 or 1.3 but down to the speed rating of the cable/device. They claim all their "High Speed" 1.3 devices are upto hdmi's 1.4 specifications and they have recently upgraded all their devices to comply with these specs.
So if this IS the case then there are splitters etc for 1.4 spec signal transfer available and they seem to have no problems with device handshake issues like some manufacturers of such products seem to have had.
Here's a link/url to their web page that explains this, you can obviously navigate their site from there.
w w w. hdcable.co.uk/3d-hdtv-need-to-know-guide/
I hope this helps and that I haven't bored you in the process