Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
^^^^^^ those are the HDMI 2.1 proposed specs. Nobody is arguing that they aren't great and will be a definite improvement. But until they make it into consumer devices this year, affordable consumer devices, sources become available that can push those specs, and there is a reliable connection technology, they are just wishful thinking at this point in time. Maybe next year.
i'm no gamer, mostly stream my music/movies....so i wonder how beneficial will be 2.1 my my situation.
good article below on it's potential as i'm still trying to catch up and understand its implications while also considering a 2016 LG B6 Oled purchase..but it seems, like most newer technologies, that not everyone will be supporting it right away despite its theoretical advantages. so i guess my 2016 tv should be ok for a good number of yrs still. (3-5 ish hopefully)
HDMI 2.1: What you need to know
''A new version of HDMI is coming soon, and there are some big changes -- including support for resolutions up to 10K as well as a new cable. Here's the skinny on fatter AV bandwidth.''
A TV bought in 2018 could very well have HDMI 2.1, but even it won't take full advantage of the connection's potential. And a TV bought today will be able to display video to its own full potential using HDMI 2.0. In other words, lack of HDMI 2.1 is no reason to put off buying a new TV.
Though most current HDMI cables can handle nearly all of today's content, the TV industry never sits still. So down the road we're likely going to see higher frame rate TVs, and eventually, higher resolutions (8K, and so on).
This is what HDMI 2.1 is for. Not for 99 percent of people now, but for the future versions of ourselves who want to send their 4K TVs 120fps material, or their 8K TVs 60fps material. Far future versions of ourselves.
Unless you're a gamer, these high frame rates are superfluous. There's no source other than a PC that can output more than 60fps, and there's basically no content (yes, a few HFR movies, but they're very rare).
The higher resolutions are pretty optimistic too, since no company has announced an 8K TV for sale. Even if they did, it'd be years before we'd see widely available content. There's barely enough 4K content for most people right now, so 8K is still a long way off.''