Since I mentioned the point that Yamaha is the only AVR brand that submits their AVR for HDMI/HDCP certification I have received multiple PMs asking more specific questions about this:
How many HDMI testing centers are there? And where are they located?
There are 16 HDMI testing centers worldwide, 1 in Europe, 1 in the USA the other 14 are located in the Orient in Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China.
Who runs the HDMI testing centers?
Panasonic, Sony, Phillips and Lattice Semiconductor run these.
For an AVR with an HDMI Repeater what does the HDMI/HDCP test cost?
A typical AVR costs $25,000 for the initial test but if it fails then an additional cost of $15,000 is charged for the retest.
How long does the HDMI testing take?
The testing period will vary depending upon where the location of testing center is located and their backlog, but typically the period is 5 to 7 weeks longer if a retest is needed.
Due to the expense and time required to run the certification tests now one can more easily understand why the majority of AVR brands decide to do their own self-certification. A key part of the certification testing involves meeting the applicable electrical specs while another crucial part is the HDMI component interoperability (CEC) testing between other brands and component categories. HDMI specifications are under constant changes/updates and it is a significant challenge for the brands to stay current. If the product being submitted is a sync
device such as an HD display or a source
device such as a Blu-Ray player these products are far more simplified and easier to test then an AVR which uses whats called an HDMI repeater design. The HDMI repeater circuit must take the HDMI/HDCP input stream extract it for audio and video decoding and then re-encode for outputting it while maintaining precise S/W timing specs.
I hope this answers the majority of pending questions, if one has more questions PM me rather than taking bandwidth from AVS.
Just my $0.02...