HDMI 1.4 is on its way and Onkyo is leading the charge.
There’s been a surprisingly small amount of hubbub over HDMI 1.4. The new standard is set to make some significant changes to the way we connect our components. While there is a lot to nay-say about HDMI 1.4, there’s a lot to be excited about too, namely the option to send Ethernet signals over HDMI.
Onkyo announced today that they’ll be supporting HDMI 1.4 in all of their new receivers for 2010. “We are very supportive of the new standard,” said Onkyo’s marketing manager Paul Wasek, “because of the added capabilities and the simplification of system connections.”
HDMI 1.4 has a few different capabilities that 1.3 didn’t, but Onkyo is specifically supporting 3D capabilities and the Audio Return Channel. The return channel simplifies audio connections by allowing audio data to go both down and up stream, eliminating the need for a separate S/PDIF connection.