Originally Posted by TheMoose
Why is that AVR's in the low & mid end have them but not the high end?
Because they've always been quick to add the new stuff. This has been the story behind receivers for as long as I can remember.
For instance when Pro Logic II came out, the low end got them first. It took awhile before it was in a NAD, Sunfire, or Arcam receiver.
The Low End manufacturers appeal to the masses. They give them the toy as quickly as possible. The high end companies want to make sure they impliment it to the best of its capabilities.
I'd feel safer buying a NAD or Arcam receiver with HDMI 1.3 than buying even a Denon.
NAD does have HDMI 1.3 in their Receivers and Pre-Pro now. They've also moved to a modular design so that they can replace whole cards for future releases. Not to mention their new interface software is a giant step in the right direction for a "music first," type of manufacturer.
The NAD was supposed to decode DD+, TrueHD, etc. and they chose not to do it before shipping the units. Supposedly they're still in R&D testing the differences of different chipsets with the codecs. They will upgrade the units with either a firmware upgrade a whole new card when they're satisfied with what they've learned.
Arcam will have 1.3 units in 2008.