quote: Oh man, is Australia living in the stone age? Who gets their content via OTA broadcast?
quote: And next, 4K will die. It's just not a benefit in most consumer homes. Even with my 80" TV the benefit would only manifest when I'm standing directly in front of the TV.
quote: That and a huge price drop.I was looking at a 4k Samsung at Best Buy yesterday. They were showing 4k video of syrup and chocolate dripping over food. It gave me that same tingly brain feeling I got the first time I saw 1080p over a decade ago.Then I found the price tag.
quote: HDMI 2.0 also supports 32 audio channels...
quote: W? T? F???Who, when, why, in the name of all that's holy and unholy combined, would ever need that many audio channels?
quote: 1) How much more would it cost?
quote: 2) Who has the room or the aesthetic taste for all those speaker boxes all over the place?
quote: 4) How much positional fidelity does the human ear really provide: can it discriminate positional sound to +/- 10 degrees? 5? 1? At what point do diminishing returns make for not just overkill, but nonsensical overkill? A related question might be, how does this ultimate limit of human auditory positional perception fidelity degrade when sound is not your entire focus of attention (e.g. when you're preoccupied with other visual/emotional/cognitive stimuli at the same time, and likely to a much greater extent)?
quote: 5) What's the perceptual gain from a 14-speaker system vs. a 7-speaker system? What's the gain from a 21-speaker system vs. a 14-speaker system? If 7.1 sound is already pretty much "good enough", and then further if 14.2 sound would be astonishingly-awesome by comparison, then what would be the point of 30.2 sound???
quote: 6) An intelligently built sound system can recreate a very complex sound field with very few speakers, simply by playing around with how the various speakers are timed relative to each other, and thus how their soundwaves interfere in space. Surround sound can be simulated with a stereo speaker system. What could be simulated with a 7-speaker system? (And is there even any need?)
quote: HDMI 2.0 is backwards compatible with earlier versions of HDMI, and perhaps the best news is that HDMI 2.0 doesn't require new plugs or new cables.