Denon’s HDMI 1.3 Receivers “scheduled for mid-year introduction”

December 18, 2006

DenonBack in August I wrote “HDMI 1.3 Not as Close as You Might Think” with emphasis on the as you might think. Obviously HDMI 1.3 devices were in the works but with CEDIA right around the corner, I was doubtful we’d see them announced in significant numbers, if at all. As it turns out 2007’s Consumer Electronics Show (January 8-11) in Las Vegas may offer our first glimpse at HDMI 1.3 capable devices (the PS3 notwithstanding of course)

Denon appears ready to announce that all of their A/V receivers for 2007 (scheduled to be released in the middle of the year) will support HDMI 1.3; read 36-bit color-depth and 1080p pass-through. But as you might have already guessed the good folks at Denon (and presumably Marantz) have more in-store than just the HDMI 1.3 capabilities for the yet-to-be-launched receivers.

Per usual the new receivers will be offered in entry, mid and upper-end models and as noted above all the new Denon (and again presumably Marantz) models will support HDMI 1.3 and 1080p pass-through, however there are some exciting new features specifically reserved for the mid to upper-end models.

According to Audio DesignLine some models will offer video processing from Silicon Optix (HQV) while others will be equipped with Faroudja or Analog Devices video processors. In addition some of the mid to upper-end receivers will natively decode Dolby Digital Plus. In addition to those features the high-end receivers will also offer internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master HD Audio.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Surround Sound


Comments

  • Mike OToole

    I am looking for a HDMI 1.3 video and audio converting receiver going to a Sharp 1080 P 52″ LCD, will hook up our PS3 and Dish Network HDTV receiver, can you please advise a receiver that might work well for me but not cost more than $1000? Thanks!

  • Mike OToole

    I am looking for a HDMI 1.3 video and audio converting receiver going to a Sharp 1080 P 52″ LCD, will hook up our PS3 and Dish Network HDTV receiver, can you please advise a receiver that might work well for me but not cost more than $1000? Thanks!

  • Frankie

    How about other brands movement? Does any news for the other brands launching schedule like Onkyo, Sony, Pioneer etc.?

  • Frankie

    How about other brands movement? Does any news for the other brands launching schedule like Onkyo, Sony, Pioneer etc.?

  • Kerr

    Interesting discussion, though I’d like to see these 1.3 capable receivers sooner rather than later! I’ve already a toshica XA2 & PS3 and I’m chomping at the bit to decode the new lossless formats in a receiver, esp. since the PS3 has no analog out. Audio on the XA2 analog outs sounds great btw.

  • Kerr

    Interesting discussion, though I’d like to see these 1.3 capable receivers sooner rather than later! I’ve already a toshica XA2 & PS3 and I’m chomping at the bit to decode the new lossless formats in a receiver, esp. since the PS3 has no analog out. Audio on the XA2 analog outs sounds great btw.

  • Eyedox

    The new Chipset to decode HDMI 1.3 with DD+, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master HD Audio are less than $10 in bulk, so I have no idea why Denon would reserve the decoding of new lossless audio standards for the higher end stuff, other than to force people to buy their overpriced flagship models.

  • Eyedox

    The new Chipset to decode HDMI 1.3 with DD+, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master HD Audio are less than $10 in bulk, so I have no idea why Denon would reserve the decoding of new lossless audio standards for the higher end stuff, other than to force people to buy their overpriced flagship models.

  • Brian

    Does anyone have a good guess as to the quality HDMI 1.3 might mean for SACD? Will having an PS3 passing thru HDMI 1.3 to a nice new Denon amp sound as good as or better than a high end SACD player passing the sound through analog cables to a quality amp?
    I know it is all hypothetical since none are out yet… but…

  • Brian

    Does anyone have a good guess as to the quality HDMI 1.3 might mean for SACD? Will having an PS3 passing thru HDMI 1.3 to a nice new Denon amp sound as good as or better than a high end SACD player passing the sound through analog cables to a quality amp?
    I know it is all hypothetical since none are out yet… but…

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Art, probably.

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Art, probably.

  • Art

    Does middle of the year mean July-August?

  • Art

    Does middle of the year mean July-August?

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Peter, Denon and Marantz are owned by the same holding company “D&M Holdings” and have been for quite some time. Some of the products are even manufactured on the same assembly lines. Are there differences between the two lines? absolutely but not a completely different manufacturing and technological philosophy, hence my assumption that Marantz would share some of the same specifications as the upcoming Denon products.

    Here’s a snippet of a message from D&M’s Co-CEO, which can be found at http://www.dm-holdings.com/eng/about/message.html

    “Since the establishment by the merger of Denon and Marantz in May 2002, D&M Holdings has been developing our premium A/V brand business globally and improving the efficiency of our operations. We are pleased that we have many accomplishments to highlight.”

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Peter, Denon and Marantz are owned by the same holding company “D&M; Holdings” and have been for quite some time. Some of the products are even manufactured on the same assembly lines. Are there differences between the two lines? absolutely but not a completely different manufacturing and technological philosophy, hence my assumption that Marantz would share some of the same specifications as the upcoming Denon products.

    Here’s a snippet of a message from D&M;’s Co-CEO, which can be found at http://www.dm-holdings.com/eng/about/message.html

    “Since the establishment by the merger of Denon and Marantz in May 2002, D&M; Holdings has been developing our premium A/V brand business globally and improving the efficiency of our operations. We are pleased that we have many accomplishments to highlight.”

  • Peter Jones

    Why assume that Marantz will do the same as Denon?. Denon are the industry technology leader and Marantz do not have access to Denon technology, which is why a lot of Marantz Home Theater product is a bit old-fashioned.

  • Peter Jones

    Why assume that Marantz will do the same as Denon?. Denon are the industry technology leader and Marantz do not have access to Denon technology, which is why a lot of Marantz Home Theater product is a bit old-fashioned.

  • Kelsci

    I could see video processing limited to entry level receivers. I cannot see why the entry level receiver should be deprived of lossless codecs from DTS and Dolby.

  • Kelsci

    I could see video processing limited to entry level receivers. I cannot see why the entry level receiver should be deprived of lossless codecs from DTS and Dolby.