HDMI 2.0 Specification Gets Official
September 4, 2013 10:28 AM
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Specification supports 4K video and 32 channel audio
The HDMI Forum is a nonprofit association that manages the HDMI specification. Today the HDMI 2.0 specification has been officially unveiled and is available for partners to download right now. HDMI 2.0 promises significantly increased bandwidth allowing new features.
HDMI 2.0 supports bandwidth of up to 18 Gbps. That gives the specification the bandwidth to
support 4K 50/60 resolution video
-- that is four times the clarity of standard 1080p/60 video. HDMI 2.0 also supports 32 audio channels along with dynamic auto lip-see and extensions to CEC.
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. Existing high-speed category two cables are already capable of carrying the increased bandwidth provided by HDMI 2.0.
The HDMI 2.0 specification is available for adopters to download via the HDMI Adopter Extranet. A press conference will be held to discuss the new features of HDMI 2.0 at IFA 2013 in Berlin this Friday.
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9/4/2013 3:10:13 PM
Well home entertime equipment are not economically sensible devises in anyway. I have bery good BD player from the last year that cost allmost 1000$, but it will be good at least next 4-5 years, so I am not worried. It will take at least 4-5 years until 4K content and price of 4K devices is suitable to most people, so when you really can afford to get these equipments in big scale, you have to buy new equipment in any way. In this year it is still best to buy common 1080p devices, even in the next year, then it may sensible to think what to do. In two years 4K devices are "affordable" if you are serious with your home entertainment devises, but you still are paying for premium in there.
These will replase old devices via normal way. I hope to get 4K TV in next two years, new super Bd-player (or what ever the 4K content is available) maybe in the next 5 years and new AV-preamplifier during the same time... It gives me a good time to enjoy those devices that I have at this moment... The only thing to worry is that my TV will broke down before that... Maybe some dirty cheap 1080p TV set for the time between... Who knows.
The thing that I am worried about is that HDMI 2.0 is not good enough for the same technology that was used in the Hobbit movie in the movie theathers... so we may need HDMI 3.0 guite soon.
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