Re: Next Gen, HDMI 1.3 Receivers Slow To Market – Do You Really Need Them?
It seems that we may have a possiblility of simplification and standardization with the new HDMI 1.3 spec. I'm waiting for a true universal player - one that playes all disk formats CD, Divix, CDR, DVD, DVDR, SACD, DVD-Audio, Blu-Ray, (OK you can dump HD-DVD). And sends all output via bitstream over HDMI 1.3. No need for any DAC in the player anymore - just get the bits off the disc. Also only 1 cable out makes things much cleaner. (Sort or like the latest Oppo player but with Blu-ray).
Then let the pre-pro/receiver do the decoding, room correction, bass management, upconversion, upsampling work still in the digital domain. Then only one D-to-A conversion in the final step (here's where the high end audiophile companies can differentiate. I'd like to see an Integra-like pre-pro from an audiophile-cred company).
Seems like we have the potential for a simpler yet better sounding/viewing systems.
P.S. Media/music server should also send their output bitstream via HDMI 1.3. They can then concentrate on storage and software and not worry about analog conversions-output.