HDAVI

Panasonic was in town showing off some of their newest goodies. I was lured out of the HT Lab/Batcave with the promise of pie and punch. There was neither. They did have a cool demo of what they call HDAVI. This allows you, if you have all Panasonic gear with HDAVI hooked up with HDMI, to turn on all your components (DVD player, receiver, plasma), switch to the right inputs, and start a movie, just by pressing one button. Sounds cool eh? What would be really great is that if all consumer electronics companies adopted the same standard so that this would work with every component. Come on, a boy can dream can’t he?
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John Higgins's picture

I'm there dreaming with you, but I can't imagine all the little children getting along and making it a standard.

Michael Moskovitz's picture

How many years have we reading something like this for? I remember reading about something like this back in one of the first issues of Home Theater Magazine. Maybe someone could dig up that old story and re-interview that guy.

John Pritchard's picture

Why not conect all components using 1 fiberoptic cable?

Fred Manteghian's picture

I have a Panasonic camera. Can I take a picture of it?

Geoffrey Morrison's picture

Good question on the optical. The basic optical connection on receivers and DVD players doesn

Danny's picture

Sorry - I fail to see anything worth doing triple backflips over. I've had that luxury for almost 4 years with my Phillips Pronto remote. It has a macro ability to do just what HDAVI does. I simply touch the screen once and my receiver turns on, then my TV, then my DVD followed by switching the receiver to the appropriate input, initiates the play function of the DVD and ends with turning up the volume of the receiver. Typically, the movie is playing before I'm comfy on my sofa. I should scrap all my components and switch to Panasonic why?

Geoffrey Morrison's picture

Ahhh, but you had to program your Pronto. This scares some people. This way it just works, which really it all should anyway but never will.

Jeff's picture

HDAVI Control is part of the HDMI standard. It's called "CEC" in the HDMI spec. Panasonic just is the first one to implement and sell it.

Ron's picture

Jeff is right, Panasonic is just pretending they invented something that has been part of the HDMI spec for years, called CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Most have not implemented this so far, but it is not difficult so most will probably put this feature in if it shows popularity.

Heston T. Holtmann, B.Sc.Eng.'s picture

At CEC is part of the HDMI spec.. I used to really enjoy this non-standard feature with all my JVC components (reciever+tv+dvd+cd+etc). JVC loved it because it created value-added component lock-in.. but as part of the spec we can mix and match components.... In theory!!.. I don't trust the industry though.. they will somehow try to prevent mix-n-match components by proveding xtra features in the CEC features

nmaf's picture

isn't this why i bought a Harmony remote?

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Anonymous's picture

chuck?darts?disseminating Ned Stella?attenuates?- Tons of interesdting stuff!!!

Dean's picture

What about cable and sat boxes?

Michael's picture

I'm hooking up a Panasonic DMR-ES46VS (combo VCR/DVD recorder) to my new Panasonic LCD TV. The ES46 manual says I must use a Panasonic HDMI cable to get HDAVI. It specifically says I cannot us another HDMI cable. But the one in the box is too short, and Panasonic wants $100 for a longer one. Is there some special about Panasonic HDMI cables in this regard?Thanks in advance!

Oyun's picture

They did have a cool demo of what they call HDAVI. This allows you, if you have all Panasonic gear with HDAVI hooked up with HDMI, to turn on all your components (DVD player, receiver, plasma), switch to the right inputs, and start a movie, just by pressing one button

Armand's picture

Looking for longer cable? I have a Panasonic, and I use a standard HDMI cable. The Sony Bravia sync and the Panasonic EZSync (what they called it in their older TVs) talk just fine. But based on the recommendation, I swapped out my basic HDMI cable with th HDMI 2.0 compliant cables for sanity sake. I only need 3 feet, so it wasn't a problem. I suspect my HDMI 1.x cable was just high enough of quality, that it did not have a problem. Since they manuals all spec HDMI 2.0 cabling, I would recommend just getting the lowest prices HDMI 2.0 cable you can find.

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