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Changes Included in the New HDMI 1.3 Specification

SW-8834Perhaps you’ve heard of the new HDMI 1.3 specification. If not, don’t feel too down on yourself. Even though the standard was released June 22, 2006 there haven’t been a whole lot of devices released that uses the new signal until the last 6 months.

Some of the changes include an increase of single-link bandwidth (10.2 Gbit/s), optional support of up to 48-bit deep color (for over a billion colors), automatic audio-video syncing, optional Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio (lossless audio codec) which are used in Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs (you poor saps), and the availability of the super cool mini connector which will come in handy with HDMI-out camcorders.

With the new signal come new devices, and with new devices come new connectivity solutions. The need of a switch comes when you have a lot of sources and one display. Unfortunately older HDMI switches won’t carry the new HDMI 1.3 signal, but we recommend the EXT-GEFENTV1.3-441 from Gefen. Or, if you are looking for something more for commercial purposes, you might like to take a look at their EXT-HDMI1.3-441.

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