I just bought a pair for 2.27 delvd from someone on ebay. Using my ebay bucks it came to .59 centavos. It specifically says 1.4 HEC. Wonder how that compares to the 1.50 cheapies I got from meritline. They look just fine, but the 20.00 ones they look really good. Now the 100.00 monster cables WOw!.
If you want 12 ft cables(in the wall installation, and such). You have to pay more. I think. But in the end. I'm confident I have figured out the HDMI conundrum and can move on, not having to agonize over debate.
1. WHen you buy 3-d a/v componants they should have 1.4(a) connectors(because it 's assuminng 1.4 cables are used and 1.4 supports 3-d by definition).
This has been confirmed umpteen times.
2. The HDMI cables, now that's the debate. In the very end it turns out that it's terminology and trial and error. Meaning, if using high speed cables that support 3-d they don't neccesarily have to be 1.4 cables. "high speed" should work. 1.3 might work if they're extraordinary, but you won't be sure. Buying 1.4 cables should eliminate confusion so IMHO go w./ that.
3. The 1.4 + Ethernet, well.. A lot of us would like to see examples of it's use.
I'm speculating that you would need an hdmi port in your router. It can be used for componants that don't have wireless, but I can't imagine that yet. I'd like to see an example or an explanation of the example posted on here.http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdmi_1_4/hec.aspx
My guess is it supports the case where you want higher speed performance than wireless from the componants.
Please comment, critisize or correct as needed.
Added this just for fun..
This means that a HEC-enabled device--such as a broadband-connected television--can provide internet connection sharing with another HEC-enabled device such as a DVR or a future gaming console. There will be other future applications for HEC as well that may allow device-to-device content distribution through a home HEC-enabled network.
The drawback to the new HDMI 1.4 specs is that current HDMI cables aren't compatible. Consumers will need to purchase a new cable designed specifically for v1.4; unused wires found in current cable will be replaced with a twisted pair wire structure. As it is, current HDMI cables aren't exactly cheap, and to make matters worse, the upcoming HDMI 1.4 specs will come in two flavors: low-data rate and high-data rate. Hopefully, third parties will swoop in and provide cost-effective versions once HDMI 1.4 overtakes the market.
Despite the new cables however, the group reported that 1.4's Audio Return Channel support will not require the new 1.4 cables, working on existing cable setups. While the upcoming ARC feature eliminates the optical connection, end-users will not have access to DTS HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD formats, but rather all current lossy audio formats instead.
As previously mentioned, the new 1.4 specs will ramp up the output resolution, add color space used by digital cameras (for correct image presentation), and even provide future 3D support, all done through 1.4's Automatic Content Enhancement (ACE) feature. The HDMI group also said that a heavy-duty version of HDMI technology is heading to automobiles for high-def audio and video distribution. Called the Automotive Connection System (ACS), this version of HDMI will offer an inter-locking