Go to any broadcast or home technology trade show and 3D is everywhere. It may not have taken off as dramatically as some expected, but the genie is firmly out of the bottle. 3D films are popular, Google Maps works in 3D, there are 3D broadcasts, and 3D gaming is set to be huge. So given that it may not take that long before 3D is everywhere, how should integrators prepare their customers for 3D in terms of cables and connectors? HiddenWires asked a number of leading industry lights for their opinions.

Here is D-Tools’ MVP Partner Atlona Technologies Director of Marketing, Chris Bundy’s  insight:

“There is a lot of misinformation going around right now regarding 3D content. The fact is, as far as cables and connectors go, anyone with an HDMI 1.3 cable is ready to pass 3D signals. That said, High Speed HDMI with Ethernet provides users with a certain amount of future proofing, as it is rated at higher bandwidths, and is capable of taking more data bi-directionally between source and display. Features such as the Audio Return Channel (ARC) and Ethernet channels have not been utilised by too many manufacturers as far as consumer products go, but make no mistake; those products are on the horizon and will be here soon. Integrators should think ahead when it comes to 3D audio/video systems.”

“Advances in technology are coming fairly frequently. Valens Semiconductor has recently come out with chipsets that can transfer the same 3D video, uncompressed audio, Ethernet, and control signals carried by HDMI over low-cost CAT5 or CAT6 cables. Valens, along with Sony, Samsung, and LG are the founding companies of the HDBaseT Alliance, formed to promote their new standard designed to use CAT5 to replace multiple cables in AV systems [Editors’ note: see Micha Risling’s HDBaseT article this month]. Currently, this technology is embedded into baluns or extenders such as our HD-V40SRS, however, in the near future, we will start seeing this technology embedded directly into sources such as Blu-ray players and 3D displays from LG, Sony and Samsung.”


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