HDMI 1.4 just like other 2012 & 2013 Pioneer SC models. The SC-65 couldn't do full 1080p 3D, 4K pass-thru or have the Audio Return Channel feature without 1.4. they weren't supported with 1.3b.
HDMI 2.0 hasn't come out yet. The spec hasn't even been ratified yet AFAIK. so it certainly won't make it into 2013 models. Does this help?
1.4 will handle Ultra HD (4K) at 24 & 30 frames per second. There are no 4K TV displays or projectors that can support 60 frames per second yet and ALL of the ones hitting the market this year use HDMI 1.4. It won't be until 2.0 becomes incorporated that 1) 60 fps can be transmitted or 2) more than 8 bit color depth is supported. To do both 60 Hz & 10/12 bit color, it takes 4 HDMI 1.4 connections. Finally, the current Blu-ray disc spec doesn't even handle 4K so the only 4K source material will be specialized media servers, leased or bought, or a new hard drive based player to come out called Red Ray.
So relax, you aren't missing anything. by the time HDMI 2.0 is used, all the gear will be "obsoleted". there will also be new TV's, new BD players (and there's no guarantee there'll even be a 4K Blu-ray format) as well as new receivers with the connection.
The new SC models also use HDMI 1.4 so no difference at all except last year's model is 3D pass-thru so a 4K TV will do the upscaling to 4K and the new receiver models will have 4K upscaling built-in. no big deal. Many will argue that it's better to do all the processing in the TV or player anyway
if you are that concerned, the new Oppo players have the latest Qdeo chip which does 4K upscaling, the same as the new Pioneer receivers - problem solved.
the 2.0 connection will be backwards compatible to 1.4 anyway, just like 1.4 is to 1.3 & earlier. let's say you got a 4K TV next yr with HDMI 2.0 and let's also say Blu-ray comes out with a true 4K format, which may not ever happen. get a 4K BD player with 2.0 & dual outputs...plug 1 directly into the TV for video, plug the other into the Pioneer 65 for audio. problem solved.
If you don't want or will use some of the features in a 72, then the 65 should be just fine. digital technology & connections change too fast to be waiting for the dust to settle on the next "new thing".
you can't even do 5 yr future-proofing anymore. we all are learning that lesson Edited by ss9001 - 7/17/13 at 12:41pm