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Harman Kardon Adding HDMI 1.4a To AVRs

5/17/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

NORTHRIDGE, CALIF. — Harman Kardon is making the switch
to HDMI 1.4a in its A/V receivers (AVRs) to repeat all of the 3D
video formats outlined in the HDMI 1.4a spec.

Beginning in September, Harman Kardon will make a running
change to three of its four AVRs to upgrade them to
HDMI 1.4a from HDMI 1.3. Also that month, the brand will offer
consumers a software download to upgrade their existing
AVRs to 1.4a.

The AVRs are the $799-suggested AVR 2600, $1,199 AVR
3600, and flagship $2,999 AVR 7550HD. The brand has no
plans to upgrade the current $599 AVR 1600. Future new Harman
Kardon AVRs will also feature HDMI 1.4a.

The consumer-installable fi rmware upgrade will be available
at www.harmankardon.com at no charge to current owners.
Consumers must download the software to a USB memory
stick, insert the stick into their AVR’s front-panel USB jack,
and use the AVR’s remote to navigate through onscreen instructions
to install the upgrade. No direct connection between
the PC and AVR is needed.

Other suppliers contacted by TWICE are launching
HDMI 1.4a AVRs and HDMI 1.4 AVRs, which they said pass
through all of the 3D standards specified in the HDMI 1.4a
spec. Some will also offer firmware upgrades to select
AVRs with HDMI 1.3 inputs and outputs. (See TWICE audio
section, May 3.)