Originally Posted by ken7258
Since the current pre/pro's and or AVR's around $750+ already handle 4K video, what does HDMI 2.0 in the real world really offer that is not currently available? Are 32 channels of audio really important to 99% of the people out there. I would bet 9/10 audio/video purchasers have never heard of AVS Forum and HDMI 2.0 will not effect 90%+ of video/audio purchasers. I'm looking to buy a Denon 4000 or Onkyo 929 and I'm trying to decide why I would wait for HDMI 2.0 and another six months before I buy. I've had my Sony TA-E 9000ES for 6-7 years so maybe I should wait since I keep purchases for quite a while! I do have a front projector, and will be buying a 4K projector in the next few years, but it seems the current pre/pros/AVR's already handle 4K video with the current HDMI.
In the real world, what will HDMI 2.0 do for me that can't now be done with the current HDMI spec. Is HDMI 2.0 more for the future than anything that can be currently used with it now?
How does a AVR change against the following:
- 4K@50/60, (2160p), which is 4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution
- Up to 32 audio channels for a multi-dimensional immersive audio experience
- Up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency for the highest audio fidelity
We have yet to see any broadcaster provides 4k content especially at 60 Hz. Look at the Hobbit shown in 48 Hz, not loved. You'll will see 20 Mbps 4k (24hz) streams early on, a HDMI 1.4b compliant AVR is fine with that.
The 32 audio channels sounds a lot like Dolby Atmos although that is for the theaters and can provide audio for up to 64 speakers. But yes extreme excess for a home theater application.
We had recent discussion about the benefits of 192 Khz 24 bit audio files, but now I suppose some would ask if a higher sample frequency (1536 kHz) would make any difference. This is way beyond any useful home/computer application IMHO. I imagine the file size would be huge.
IMHO in the real world nothing in this new specification will impact you in the immediate future. Edited by JohnAV - 9/4/13 at 5:58pm