With the implementation of H.264 encryption I've lost picture on my copy protected programs through my HTPC (due to using HD 4000)
I'm looking for a card now to solve the problem and I'd like to make a good choice.
I'll eventually move to a 4k screen so I'd like to get something that will handle all the tasks I throw at it.
Primarily this is TV, Blu-ray, and streaming. Gaming might be part of this but not serious gaming so that's not really an issue.
My main question at this point has to do with HDMI compatibility and 4k passthrough.
My HTPC runs through an Onkyo HT-R593 receiver. The Onkyo handles 4k passthrough according to the manual but I'm not fully versed on the standards.
While reading reviews I came across information about HDMI 2.0 and HDR. I know HDR is not widely implemented yet but I'm wondering how that plays into the HDMI standards of my receiver. I would imagine that the audio signal and the receiver's decoding of audio is unaffected by HDR or HDMI spec, please correct me if I'm wrong. Also I'd think that simply passing a video signal along to the TV for decoding would mean that the receiver would not cause a problem for HDR content.
As long as the card has HDMI 2.0a output, and I'm using 2.0a spec cables, and my display can handle 4k HDR content, the receiver should be fine to decode audio and pass along the HDMI signal. Can someone please confirm this for me?
Here's the Onkyo manual
and the specific blurb about HDMI Input:IN1 (BD/DVD), IN2 (CBL/SAT), IN3 (STB/DVR), IN4 (GAME), IN5 (PC),
4K 60 Hz (YCbCr 4:2:0)
DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby TrueHD,
Dolby Digital Plus, DSD, Multichannel PCM
3D, Audio Return Channel, DeepColor, x.v.Color, LipSync, CEC (RIHD),
Now as for a card there's not a lot of 2.0 out in fanless so not much choice in the matter, I'd be looking at this card