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Should I wait for HDMI 1.3?

My AV receiver is going bad, and I'm looking to replace it with a mid-level (sub-$1k) priced one. I will probably be using this one for at least 7-8 years.

What is everyone's opinion? Should I wait for the newer receivers which support HDMI version 1.3 or should I get one of the ones currently on the market?

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Lucky that your timing is fortunate as 1.3 is just now

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becoming available. To not take serious note of it would seem silly. I say that even though I, among many, am not concerned for it not being essential & we have investment in slightly older tech.

In just the next few months, all the majorbrands will have rolled out their first line of 1.3 compatible stuff. So,no need to rush quite yet. It's not going away, but becoming newly available. A little time to get things like c/net reviews is only good info for you.

Yes, obviously the possibility of tempting markdown deals of stuff out there now has some attraction. My opinion is that unless you would use that opportunity to get into a higher end brand, reject the short range bargain & go for the latest technology. You have indicated your comfortable price point. That is nicely realistic & gives you quite a few alternative options. I always urge going with the best quality brand that is reasonable available to you.

Receivers as excellent values have only gotten better for consumers in recent years. That money will get a lot of capability. Don't hesitate to post back when getting more specific in your quest.

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just learned something today

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that the hdmi 1.3 spec really isn't all that standardized. Two potential things hdmi 1.3 may improve upon the older hdmi versions (but the hardware has to be correct) are Deep Color and DTS-HD MA.

However, there are no titles that have Deep Color encoded yet. And there are no players that EVEN HAVE THE HARDWARE to pass bitsream MA except the latest Samsung BD (even the hdmi 1.3 PS3 canNOT). But, the Samsung still needs the software...

Personally, I say forget hdmi 1.3 as any deciding factor whatsoever, and just consider everything else first, the features that you really want. Well, my opinion today. To be future-proof for advanced audio, make sure that it has multi-channel analog inputs. Almost all mid-level to hi-end reciever should have them. Might not on an entry-level. Some predict that the trend will be that advanced audio is going to be decoded at the player, due to all of the HDMI 1.3 bull-crap. gl

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