HDMI 1.3 on deck for 2007

Unless you’ve got a PlayStation 3, we can probably peg the number of HDMI 1.3-equipped devices in your home right now at exactly zero. However, if you’ve been waiting for Deep Color displays and receivers that support all next generation audio codecs like DTS-HD Master, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus there are plenty of devices on their way in 2007. According to EETimes online, Sony and Mitsubishi will be debuting new TVs (like Mitsu’s Laser rear projecting HDTV) that take advantage of the wider color gamut afforded by HDMI 1.3. Besides xvYCC, 32-bit Deep Color support will increase color accuracy on upcoming TVs. Denon might not be ready to jump into the HD DVD / Blu-ray battle, but it’s got several 1080p and HDMI 1.3-compatible receivers on the way including advanced audio and video processing capabilities. We should see one more HDMI 1.3 device this year when Toshiba releases the HD-XA2 HD DVD player, but the real treats will be waiting at CES 2007.

[Thanks, Brian]

Read – HDMI 1.3: Better DTV images, sound in 2007
Read – Denon’s HDMI 1.3 Receivers “scheduled for mid-year introduction”
Read – Why today’s best HDTVs aren’t worth buying

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1080p no longer king of HD?

Sporting the latest technology has always been a priority with the release of a new console, and one of the battles which both Sony and Microsoft are fighting in is “True-HD” face-off. However, it seems as though neither one will be coming out on top. According to an announcement by CePro, the technology website, Sharp will working on a new 64-inch LCD which will support up to 4096 x 2160.

Sony has been marketing 1080p, the highest resolution supported by the PLAYSTATION 3, as true high-definition from the console’s unveiling. The first blow was delivered earlier last month when Microsoft announced that rival Xbox 360 will be supporting 1080p through a firmware update as well.

However, it should be noted that 1080p on the PLAYSTATION 3 is delivered either via HDMI and component, while the Xbox 360 will make use of component, which few TVs support. At the moment, it is still unclear if a converter will be made.


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