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Why HDMI 1.4 Doesn't Make Sense

By Robert Archer
Transparent Audio engineer says HDMI 1.4 is 'overtaxed,' 'complicated' and confuses customers in to thinking they need to buy new cables.

Now that HDMI Licensing LLC has finalized the 1.4 spec, installers and consumers are still wondering how the update will affect their businesses and current and future equipment purchases.

At least one industry veteran sees potential trouble ahead for integrators. Transparent Audio's Josh Clark believes the specification could be trouble for installers and their clients as they see how the new update affects their current systems and future system plans.

Clark says installers shouldn't put too much emphasis on the new spec because Transparent's existing products, for example, already meet much of the criteria that's been created for HDMI 1.4.

"The good news is that we already have an HDMI 1.4-compliant product line, at least in terms of handling all of the new high-resolution video formats included in the HDMI 1.4 specification, " he says.

"This means a customer with a Transparent HDMI cable from five years ago already has a cable that will support upcoming video formats like 4Kx2K and 3D video. We have always insisted on 'over building' our HDMI products so they would have sufficient bandwidth and timing accuracy [low skew] to handle future formats.

"This no-compromise approach has already paid off for our customers who are now watching 1080p video on their original Transparent HDMI cables and it will pay off again when they can watch 4Kx2K video and 3D video on those same cables."

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