I've been trying to wade through the HDMI pro's and cons for quite some time. Beyond the debate over whether there is any difference in video/sound quality, convenience is an obvious benefit. I have also seen some new HDMI formats mentioned in threads on this forum.
My question is 1): what are the new formats (what is their improvement or difference from standard HDMI?)
2) My NAD AVR does not have HDMI switching capabilities. Besides not being able to use HDMI connections for video switching, what potential downsides are there both in current HDMI and known, upcoming HDMI formats? I seem to recall some upconverting players like the Oppo not being able to upconvert thru component, but that might have been fixed. And, the new Oppo won't have any component connections. To be clear, I am NOT using any HDMI connections whatsoever at the moment.
My thought is to possibly sell my brand new AVR and go with a dedicated pre-pro and seperate 5 channel amp. I would think that I would take less of a potential hit down the resale line by having a 5 channel amp and seperate pre-pro since the amp won't become outdated but a fixed amplification inside an AVR will eventually lose its value at a higher percentage than even a dedicated pre/pro. I would like to buy the NAD pre-pro, but if HDMI is truly needed, I'm not really advancing myself. Thanks.