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HDMI 1.4 Appearing In Home Audio Products

Sherwood and Denon turned up at CES with the first audio components with HDMI 1.4 connections, and Onkyo said it will introduce its first HDMI 1.4-capable products in the spring.

The products incorporate the first versions of the HDMI 1.4 chip, which supports audio return channel and 3D video. Chips supporting an Ethernet stream and the 4Kx2K/24 display format, with up to four times the resolution of 1080p, won’t be available until late this year or possibly early 2010, Denon said.

Sherwood’s first HDMI 1.4 products are the $499-suggested 7×100-watt RD-7605N and $349-suggested 7×100-watt RD-7605 A/V receivers. The RD-7605 offers the same features as the RD-7605N but lacks its networking and A/V Internet-streaming capabilities.

For its part, Denon plans March shipments of its compact $1,799-suggested S-5BD BD-receiver, which combines two-zone two-source A/V receiver with Blu-ray Profile 2.0 player. It features three HDMI 1.4 inputs/1 output.

Onkyo’s first HDMI 1.4 products are due in the spring, and all future A/V receivers will have it, said marketing manager Paul Wasek.