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hdmi.co.uk Finally Launched

Yes its quite true we have recently launched http://www.hdmi.co.uk .

Please let us have your intial views on the website.

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OPPO BDP-93EU comes to Europe

As we know the super GIANT BBK ELECTRONICS of CHINA, once promised to show SONY down whos the king. Has actually done that for a few YEARS. OPPO informally announced that it was coming out with a new Blu-ray Disc player (BDP-93EU) that included 3D Blu-ray playback and Internet streaming functions. They will not be sending the unit to WHATHIFI, the reason we all know. WhatHIFI doesnt know JACK, we have seen that past, regularly changing its reviews. We see SONY and WHATHIFI as best friends a marriage that will only lead to a good death. Now, as promised, more specific details have been published, and it looks like OPPO may have another winner on its hands (pending further hand’s on reviews from the press and forthcoming users).
In addition to 3D and NetStreaming (from services such as Netflix and Blockbuster), OPPO also confirms that the BDP-93 also continues OPPO’s tradition of providing both SACD and DVD-Audio Disc playback as well as compatibility with a host of other formats, including, but not limited to, HDCD, MKV, DivX, and standard audio CDs. The BDP-93 can also play back media files from connected USB Flash or eSATA drives. Of course, standard DVD isn’t left out. The BDP-93 features a Marvell QDEO Kyoti-G2 88DE2750 upscaling chip which, if implemented properly, should provide excellent deinterlacing and 1080p upscaling for DVD playback.

On the convenience side of things, the BDP-93 also provides Dual HDMI outputs that enable the user to connect one HDMI output directly to a 3D-TV, while using the second HDMI output for connecting a separate audio feed to a pre-3D capable home theater receiver.

The announced price for the BDP-93 is $499, which is $200 less that its closest rival, the Yamha BD-A1000, that offers a similar feature set.

For a complete listing of the BDP-93′s features, including photos of the video processing board and chips, check out the Official OPPO BDP-93 Product Page. Availability will be announced soon but we have solid news it will be before christmas, SONY is stressed what to do with there players. BBK had tried the BDP 80 and soon seen how sony sees it cheap and plastic. Quality needs to be there if anything is done, the quality will be the BEST for the Europeans clients. As we said before fake rubbish reviews have kept BRITISH customers away. This is 100% free good produce NOT GM, the best OPPO.

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What will What Hi Fi do now? Path has gone!!!!

We heard path got to sold to path???? did i hear that right??? Yes, Path PLC sold to Path Products Ltd. Same scam as the savastore/saverstore.

Every staff and their customer knew Path was going down, thanks to Comet their biggest customer left them for M@nster the American Giant.

Actually i really feel sorry for What Hifi and there editors, whos going to pay there salary??? they did see that coming. Dont worry what hifi will still rub some customers. We have inside news that shows that What Hifi gave X brand 3/5 and Y brand 5/5 even though they are made in the same factory same supplier for cable…. figure it out….

After a period of sustained difficult trading, the assets and trade of the Path Group has been sold under administration as a Pre-Pack to Path Products Ltd, a division of the Vestatec Group.

Joe Carri, CEO said “I am pleased to be able to make this announcement; we have always taken great pride in bringing great brands to market such as IXOS® and HeadFunk®, through a strong team of committed people. I look forward to taking the next steps in the evolution of our business and this would not have been possible without the support from Vestatec.”

Robert Drake, CEO of Vestatec said “I have seen both the Path and IXOS® brands evolve over the last 20 years, and this move will strengthen both our companies, and generate further possibilities for our partners”

This move will allow Path Products Ltd to continue to expand its product lines through award winning products and acclaimed dealer training.”

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HDBaseT by Octava, we wont see CYPRESS around

Octava Inc., specialists in HD video distribution, announced the release of HDCATS-100. The HDCATS-100 HDMI over CAT5e/6 Extender allows transmission of HDMI, 100baseT Ethernet data and IR over 1 single CAT-5 / 6. We have seen CYPRESS release the same product but is using Gefen as a test dummy. Cyp europe has no stock either as they wait for the chipset to get cheaper? Even if it does the price WILL NOT be passed to the end user. Reason is that CYP thinks customers are dumb and we are stuck in the War struck NAZI rule in GERMANY. Let them as the world moves on the way GANDHI did it, the way Aung San Suu Kyi did it. We will see more of this coming soon. Cypress was quite famous for providing MAGIC boxes that broke the HDCP key and forwarded the content to Component. We have news they still do but to SPECIAL customers.

NORCROSS, GA, November 15, 2010 — Octava Inc., specialists in HD video distribution equipment, announced the release of HDCATS-100. The HDCATS-100 HDMI over CAT5e/6 Extender allows transmission of HDMI, 100baseT Ethernet data and IR over 1 single CAT-5 / 6. The HDCATS-100 HDMI Extender consists of a HDMI Transmitter and a HDMI Receiver and allows transmission of 1080P HD over 300ft over single Ethernet cable (CAT-6 recommended). Infrared Extension allows I.R. signals to be sent from viewing area to the equipment room. The Ethernet data port allows IP based HDTV or PC to have access to ethernet connection.

CAT 6 cable is recommended for 1080P and best performance.

The HDCATs-100 HDMI over CAT5e/6 Extender carries HDMI and 100baseT Ethernet data simultaneously over 1 cable, therefore existing Ethernet cable can be used without interrupting data connections. Ethernet cables and connectors are easily field terminated thus allowing installers to easily install the proper length cable needed for ultimate flexibility and eliminates logistic problems of having custom length cables. The HDCATS-100 is a unique solution allowing pre-installed CAT 5/6 cabling to include HD video as well as data.

Active Drive and Compensation circuitry ensures error free video transmission for the ultimate HD experience .Typical connection lengths of 300 ft ( 1080P).

External Powering. The HDMI-Ethernet utilizes 2 dedicated power supplies to ensure reliability and minimizes loading on your HD sources.

Octava Inc., specializes in HD video distribution equipment

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Oppo BDP-93 and BDP-93SE HDMI 1.4 (3D Ready)

Just when you thought there wasn’t a better Universal Blu-ray player on the market for under $500 than the legendary BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player, Oppo proves you wrong by unveiling a new successor model: the BDP-93.  Carrying the same retail price ($499), Oppo’s BDP-93 has upped the bar by adding new networking/streaming features, increased performance and improved build quality.

The Oppo BDP-93 will do virtually everything the BDP-83 BD player did, plus have some major feature upgrades as listed below:

Blu-ray 3D support
Netflix streaming support
CinemaNow support
Additional network streaming features will be announced once partners certify the player. Oppo has divulged several of their potential partners to us and users should not be disappointed.

Wireless-N networking
Dual HDMI outputs.  The two HDMI ports can be configured to support separate video and audio paths, or to support two displays at the same time.
Marvell KYOTO G2 chipset with Qdeo video processig(though prototypes were also built with the ABT2015)

eSATA port in addition to two USB ports
The new player is beautiful, with a brushed aluminum face plate and flush buttons. The tray even retracts so tightly into the front that it is virtually hidden when closed (note photos below). The connections on the back should look familiar, though Oppo has added a second HDMI that works off the circuitry powering the component video output – and it functions much in the same way, when it’s not being used as a dedicated audio output or mirrored HDMI out. This is an attractive player.

Physically, the Oppo BDP-93 is nearly identical to the BDP-83, with the same width and height, but about 1/2 less depth. It’s also got a little more heft to it. This player is brand new and, as such, there is little information that is known about it. Given that, we were very fortunate  to be able to have a non-formal interview with Oppo over breakfast this morning to acquire some more information.

What Network functionality will be supported (IE. Pandora, Netflix, AppleTV, etc)?

The new player has Netflix and CinemaNow and more partners are being brought on board as we speak. [Oppo] cannot formally announce content partners until certifications are done.  Based on customers inquires about networking features, Netflix has been the #1 request. Pandora is also in high demand. Apple TV is, of course, kind of exclusive so we will not be able to support it.

How do the dual HDMI outputs work?

The second HDMI output is, in functionality, very similar to how the component video output (still present) worked in the Oppo BDP-83. The difference is that you can use one HDMI for audio and one for video. You can also have dual outputs in parallel, and also you can specify a resolution for one of the outputs, which will engage the video processing on that output while leaving the other to output the native resolution of the disc. It’s incredibly flexible and the component video output can still mirror the HDMI output when resolution is set to 1080i or lower.

We noticed the lack of dedicated stereo outputs now – why is that?

Oppo realized that the intent of the player didn’t warrant the use of a dedicated stereo output anymore. For now, users can use the built-in bass management to fold the 7.1 analogue audio signal down to stereo for use in a Zone 2 setting, for example.

Do you have in mind a higher-end player like the BDP-83SE once this model ships?

Yes. We are working on a higher-end model that will, unlike the BDP-83SE, be built from the ground up for a higher quality analogue audio level of performance among other improvements and upgrades. This product isn’t yet scheduled for release, so it will be after the BDP-93 is well on the market.

Some common complaints about the BDP-83 were that the transport was “a bit flimsy and noisy”.  Have you made any updated/improvements to the transport mechanism on the BDP-93?

Regarding transport rigidity and mechanical noise reduction, yes there are significant upgrades.  The transport is a custom-built loader made by Tohei Group of Japan (http://www.tohei-hq.co.jp/cgi-bin/en/index.cgi).  The laser pickup is still Sony.  During the development of the transport we worked closely with Tohei to control and isolate the vibration caused by the high rotation speed and heavy motor parts of the Sony laser pickup.

Will the BD-93 offer HDBaseT support?

The new player will not support HDBaseT.  Since most of the users will connect to a display or AVR nearby, we do not want to include the cost of HDBaseT in every unit.  Installers who need to run long cables already have solutions for HDMI over fiber or Cat5.

Oppo didn’t announce a specific release date for the BDP-93, but they anticipate it will release as early as November, in time for the Christmas buying season. Oppo is running endless tests to ensure the product is right from the day it launches. This looks to be another winner and a product that is sure to keep Oppo in the lead with respect to dominating the price/performance zone for Blu-ray players.

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the new Cablesson Splitter only for £14.99

3D is going to be the jewel in the crown of WealthTV when they start broadcasting it 24/7 to their more than 10 million U.S. and Caribbean cable and telco viewers starting at the beginning of 2011.

Several of its series such as “Wealth on Wheels Classic” are already available on demand in 3D for Verizon’s FiOS TV subscribers. This may be an awkward economic climate in which to introduce such a venture, but WealthTV had a successful launch in HD (and SD) in June 2004, and all this year they have been running numerous tests in 3D over their existing 1080i HD infrastructure.

“WealthTV lets viewers travel all over the world and experience some of the finest things,” said Charles Herring, president of WealthTV, “but those are not limited to just material value. Our motto is ‘It’s your life…spend it well’ and our ratings have improved dramatically over the last year and a half despite the global economic situation.”

Ironically, Robert Herring, Sr., WealthTV’s founder and CEO grew up in a welfare family.

“In our mind, the term ‘WealthTV’ refers to an abundance of good,” Herring, Sr. said. “We’re trying to show the finer things in life regardless of our viewers’ economic status.”

RAMPING UP PRODUCTION

Currently, 95 percent of WealthTV’s HD programming is either produced in-house or by commissioned production partners although they also air major theatrical feature films. They have ramped up their foray into 3D production with a half dozen beam splitter camera rigs and one of the largest pre-purchase orders for Panasonic’s AG-3DA1 integrated twin-lens 3D camera/recorder due to be delivered by the end of August.

“We actually capture all our 3D in 1080p, but current bandwidth constraints limit us to sending out a 1080i side-by-side format,” Charles Herring said. “That means our source archives will be evergreen for the future, but today’s customers can record our shows with a conventional HD DVR. All the home 3DTV’s we’ve tested can display it with no problem.”

This is a similar path to 3D distribution that the British Sky Broadcasting Group has found so practical for their 3D launch in the UK and Ireland. All the home viewer needs is an HDMI 1.4 cable and a high definition 3D-ready TV.

3D LIBRARY

WealthTV has been preparing for its 24/7 3D launch from its 40,000 square-foot headquarters in San Diego since the beginning of this year by building a 3D library with production partners such as Randall Dark Productions, Al Caudullo Productions and Corkscrew Media. That arsenal includes travel series “WOW!”, automotive series “Wealth on Wheels,” a homes and estates show “Behind the Gates,” a new series called “Great Markets & Tastes,” and “3 Cities in 3D,” (see “A 3D Ode to the Smokies,” Aug. 4, 2010)

They have also produced 3D specials on “The Hearst Castle” and a “Doc Walker” concert on which 3D pioneer Tim Dashwood, creator of the Stereo3D Toolbox, was one of the videographers.

WealthTV has already upgraded all of its eight edit bays to 3D and plans to add two more soon. According to Senior Editor Allen Randolph, they all use Apple’s Final Cut Pro NLE software on 8-core Macintosh platforms augmented by the complete CS5 suite from Adobe Systems and Cineform’s Neo3D to help with 3D editing and mastering.

 
Chris Schickendanz (right), 3D stereographer for WealthTV, shooting Hearst Castle with a beam splitter 3D rig

“Neo3D lets us edit one eye only as we are accustomed to in 2D, and then go back to deal with 3D-specific matters such as convergence on the 40-inch Samsung 7000 model active 3D sets we have put in all the edit bays,” Randolph said. “That ensures that the editor is viewing the same image display that the consumer will see you can also use a HDMI Splitter for this job. Then we also use Stereo3D Toolbox’s alpha file support to properly position lower third graphics in 3D space.”

Randolph’s editors output their masters in side-by-side 1080i HD to Sony HDCAM tape for air. “It actually has turned out to be simpler than I had anticipated,” he said, “and we have the confidence that Neo3D will let us convert our shows to any other format the future may require. Some day we hope that will include the full 1080p sequential frame format as bandwidth becomes available.”

NO CONVERSION

Fulfilling a 24/7 3D broadcast schedule is going to be daunting, but WealthTV has decided not to invoke the 2D to 3D conversion technologies starting to come on the market.

“The automatic conversion systems we’ve tested are just not up the 3D quality we want to provide our viewers,” Charles Herring said, “and the more labor-intensive rotoscoping processes are simply not cost effective. So we are going to be relying on original 3D productions to fill our broadcast schedule for the foreseeable future.”

The question remains, however, will 3DTV will ever become a mainstream medium?

“We are convinced that if we can offer our customers a better, more realistic viewing experience, that technology will be successful,” said Charles Herring. “The question that remains to be seen is if 3D can deliver that goal without any limitation. If it does, 24/7 3D broadcasting is going to take off in a very big way.”

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amd brings out new cable

Waiting for us when we arrived at work this morning was AMD’s latest piece of hardware. It is something that the company is incredibly excited about, and that it believes will accelerate the uptake of its Eyefinity multi-display technology.

The product in question is this, a low cost Displayport to HDMI adaptor. The reason AMD is so excited about it is that it reduces the cost of entry for triple monitor setups.

To understand why, one needs to know a little bit about display connectors. HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is designed to carry both video and audio signals. One of the reasons that it has enjoyed a rapid uptake on PCs is that the video component of HDMI Cable is the same as DVI. This makes adaptors feasible and is the reason that modern laptops have D-Sub VGA connectors and HDMI ones rather than having DVI connectors.

Of course, as we have encountered in the past, HDMI is subject to some pretty stringent licensing regulations. In order to put HDMI onto a device, its manufacturer needs to pay the HDMI licensing body, which it doesn’t have to do if it uses D-Sub, DVI or Displayport.

This lack of licensing requirements is one reason why AMD in particular has gone for DIsplayport to drive its multi-monitor cards. But there is also an electrical reason why Displayport is the preferred connector.

DVI (and HDMI) signals require an external clock generator. This is a piece of electronics that creates a timing signal, or ‘clock’, that is used to keep various integrated circuits in sync. Each display driven by HDMI or DVI needs a dedicated clock generator, and on the current range of AMD RADEONs there are two clock generators. This is enough for two displays, but in order to run more displays AMD runs into a problem to which it sees Displayport as the solution.

This is because Displayport generates its clock internally. By doing away with the need for external clock generators AMD is able to support a number of displays that is limited only by the space on the back of the card.

The problem is that while AMD is deeply in love with Displayport, monitor manufacturers aren’t. Actually finding a screen with Displayport is difficult enough, but there is the added insult of such monitors costing a premium over ones that just have DVI and HDMI.

Until now the only solution to the problem has been to use ‘Active’ Displayport to HDMI adaptors. These need to be powered in order to generate a clock signal, and all this extra hardware has made Displayport to HDMI adaptors prohibitively expensive. This in turn has stifled the uptake of AMD’s Eyefinity technology.

By releasing a new adaptor that doesn’t need to be powered AMD has managed to bring the cost down by a huge amount. Which is why the company is so excited over a bit of plastic coated wire with plugs on it. Whether or not this will be enough to get the masses using three or more monitors is a whole other question, but at least the solution is much, much cheaper than it was in the past.

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D&S slow with Micro D as others have already gone long way

As widely acknowledged, the major challenge faced by potential Micro HDMI manufacturers lies in its super mini size. This significant difficulty becomes a bottleneck depressing the industry’s development and leading to the shortage of suppliers in the market.

Steven Venuti, the president of HDMI LLC who was queried during the recent The 4th HDMI LLC conference, agreed that “…there are limited manufacturers that are capable of building Micro HDMI…” And a buyer from Dubai even turned to the conference organizer for help to find Micro HDMI cable suppliers.

Super Mini

Micro HDMI is also known as Micro D. With its strikingly Super Mini size, Micro HDMI measures only about half the size of Mini C Type and is 0.5mm thinner than the widely-used Micro USB. As illustrated in the accompanying graph, a cent coin is put along with Micro HDMI to give a more intuitive comparison of the sizes. It is clear that the thickness of Micro D is less than 1/2 the coin. So powerful yet ultra small in size, it explains why Micro HDMI is difficult to assemble.

Successful story of D&S

High density pitch (0.7mm) for Micro HDMI means the manual assembly is almost impossible; however, D&S has managed to succeed. It has broken technical bottleneck by introducing high-frequency seamless welding technology, which accelerates the development of Micro HDMI.

D&S has devoted itself to the innovation of HDMI assembly technology. Located in Shenzhen China, it currently has a professional research and manufacturing team of over 3,000 people. Taking advantage of its solid know-how and superior quality, it has maintained a 50% increase in annual revenue.

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chord cables go in a direction?

The Chord Company has added Ethernet and an optimised audio return connection to its SuperShield HDMI cable. The new version has been given the unwieldy moniker of the Chord SuperShield High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet. The company has also improved the cable’s performance with a new gold-plated plug that is a die-cast moulding, engineered for a more secure connection. In addition, all signal conductors are now 26 AWG silver-plated copper for improved conductivity. The new SuperShield supports all HDMI audio formats as well as 1080p 3D video. Why we dont understand is why Chord puts a direction on the cable. What do they think of their customers?Dual layer high-frequency effective internal signal shielding remains, as does the low-loss gas-foamed polyethylene insulation that Chord claims are “a crucial and integral part of the original performance”.When i personally want HDMI cable i go to places that dont have direction.  The Chord SuperShield High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet is on sale now in 1, 2 and 3-metre lengths, costing £50, £60, and £70 respectively.

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hdmi cable are the same, ok so we all are the same claims HDGuru

Being recently gone to Dixonxs in Oxford you can see HDMI cables online or in stores labeled “120 Hz,” “240Hz” and “480 Hz”? It’s easy enough to slap such labels on HDMI cables but it’s a sham. HDMI cables can no more be manufactured for specific refresh-rate HDTVs than a garden hose can be manufactured specifically to water seeded lawns and sod lawns. The same water flows through either one. The same HDTV signal flows through all HDMI cables, whether labeled “120Hz” or “480Hz” — or not labeled at all. In fact, a TV’s refresh rate has nothing whatsoever to do with the signal flowing to that set. The refresh rate is determined by the set’s circuitry once the signal gets there, so how can different HDMI cables be manufactured for different refresh-rate sets? The manager at the store claimed the HDMI Cables paid for the store to be opened, they made no money on the televisions they required accessories. Clearly the intent of the refresh-rate labeling is simply to confuse you into spending more money on HDMI cable than you need to. TV retailers, including Best Buy, use this new misleading labeling to push naïve customers into buying unnecessary, overpriced cables that can cost far more than necessary.

Adding such labels — the latest being “3-D” — helps sales clerks persuade customers to overspend. The extra dollars spent will have no effect on image quality but they will lighten your wallet. To view Blu-ray, Full HD 3-D content and any other source at the highest (1080p) resolution, you need HDMI cables. It is a single-wire solution that conducts a standard definition or high definition 2-D or 3-D video image and accompanying audio tracks from a source device to an HDTV. Only two types of HDMI cables are included in the HDMI licensing spec: “Standard” (aka category 1) or “High Speed” (aka category 2). The latter is required to assure the cable passes 1080p signals (including 3-D), which is the highest bandwidth video signal available now and for the foreseeable future. HDMI cable makers mislead consumers by mislabeling their step-up quality HDMI cables with the various refresh rates used by set makers to improve picture quality. Despite the fact that some labels indicate signals of 480Hz, the signal fed by an HDMI cable to a set never exceeds 60Hz. HDMI Licensing LLC licenses the design, specifications and requires labeling of cables as either “Standard” or “High Speed.” HDMI does not have any rules concerning additional labels, according to its spokesman. While the HDMI standard has been updated to include new optional functionality such as passing Ethernet network signal, there remains only two speed categories. Any “High Speed” HDMI cable should handle any display and any video signal you can throw at it. HDGuru visited a number of local TV dealers. Best Buy had the widest selection, offering “High Speed” HDMI cables from Monster, AudioQuest, Rocketfish (BB house brand) and Dynex (BB house brand). They all display labels that tout their own capabilities. The least expensive is a Dynex 4-foot “High Speed” cable and costs $29.99. The box says 1080p 60Hz. The first step-up is the 4-foot Rocketfish at $49.99, and the package reads 120Hz.

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