Originally Posted by Michael Grant
...... One thing he said that I have heard independently is the displeasure with the HDMI connectors themselves. An installer at CES was complaining to the Marantz folks about it. I prefer the DVI connectors too. Yeah HDMI is easier to accidentally pull out, but it won't go anywhere on its own.
On a friend's system with powerful subs, a loud explosion destabilizes his HDMI enough that the picture momentarily goes away. He's been able to mimimise the problem by surrounding the connector with putty.
Regarding a change to a better connector, The HDMI site says:
Q. My HDMI cable sometimes falls out of the HDMI connector. Is anything being done to address this problem?
The combination of vertically-oriented connectors and heavy, thick-gauge cables appears have the potential of causing the connector to fall out. In some cases, it is due to the usage of a cable with a non-compliant, large connector over-molding that prevents proper connector engagement. The HDMI Founders are actively investigating a locking connector option that would be backward compatible with existing Type A connectors.http://www.hdmi.org/consumer/faq.asp#q7_3
My friends connections are not vertical and he has tried different cables.
While I haven't had this problem, my Scientific Atlanta cable box works fine in HDMI unless I also have an HDMI connection from a DVD player. Then the aspect ratio from the cable box goes unstable. Sometimes I get weird digital noise if I change it. Also a proper 4 by 3 from SD broadcast is near impossible.
In case someone from Theta is listening: like PeterS, I would like an HDMI switch card for my Casablanca and would pay about $500. I would like it to be 1.3 but if they can assure me that I won't be missing something major once 1.3 is out and that it will be more than just months till 1.3's availability, I might jump in sooner. To have me spend $1000 or more on anything HDMI, ALL the problems better be solved.
I'm concerned though. So much about HDMI doesn't quite work right yet when we hook up components from the big companies. Can a small specalist company make it all work? At least if my Casa is in the HDMI chain and the signal gets flakey, I can call Theta and get tech support from someone who speaks American and has actually used the equipment.
I am cheered that Theta is planning for HDMI and looking for the best solution. When I traded up to their larger processor last year there was controversy here about wether they could add it or not.
Regarding Valis, I might be interested in it for my plasma system. However, in combination with its mated amp, it better live up to their claims and be damn good to dissuade me from my God given right to choose my own amp. Then again, if it beats my Casa III / Dread II I may be angry enough to buy something else.
Re Steve's quoting the TimBrooksbank piece: Mr Brooksbank said something similar here about a year ago. It would be interesting to ask him to comment now. He is
the designer of one of the most high end scalers and
a HDMI licensee. He may have access to info that we don't have.