HDMI 1.4 - More Frustration For Consumers?




It’s ironic that the founders of the HDMI spec have adopted the following slogan on their HDMI.org website: “One cable.  One Standard.  The Future-Ready Way to Connect HD.”  In reality, HDMI cables have seemed to change their standards every season of the year.  And with those changes come the following:

I cannot imagine the founders of the HDMI standard thinking much into the future—other than to calculate potential revenue from all the many changes that they anticipated were to come.


In the past, most consumers worried if their cables were 1.2 or 1.3 certified. Then they had to determine if they needed to buy cables or audio/video components that were 1.3 or 1.4 certified.  Well, our endearing friends of the HDMI Licensing committee say we no longer need to look for cables that are ‘1.anything’ anymore.  With the new 1.4 revision comes a slight change in this "one cable standard" we call HDMI.  New HDMI cables will no longer be designated by their rev number, but by one of two new categories:

The “standard” designation is for cables that have been performance-tested to at least 74.25Mhz.  The “high speed” designation is for cables that have been performance-tested to at least 340Mhz.


Some of the other [but not all] major enhancements for the 1.4 standard include:


For more information, visit http://hdmi.org or download the following overview guide to the 1.4 specifications:



As a general rule, Cinemaffect will carry only the HDMI High Speed with Ethernet cables in order to offer the maximum “future-proofing” in this ever-changing industry.  We sincerely hope that the HDMI powers-that-be can create a true backward-compatible solution that will satisfy the anti-piracy demands of the corporate movie studio execs and still allow for a consumer to own a piece of audio/video equipment that’s not outdated before they un-box it.

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