hdmi comes in a number of flavors (versions). the latest version 1.3 does it all, and is particularly attractive from the hd perspective.
i didn't realize that the tg5 didn't support the audio portion of hdmi - that's a shame...many others are still playing catch-up as well. btw dvi is nothing more than hdmi with the audio stripped off. so anything that has dvi connectors by definition doesn't suppor tthe audio part.
i don't remember saying i wanted to get an outlaw because i allready own an outlaw pre/pro. problem is i and am tired of fiddling with the audio format controls for each movie/tv show/cd i play. as nice as it is, it only remembers the last mode you used for that input...duh...the acurus act-3 i had previously did all the audio codec selection automatically. i miss that. in addition, i'm tired of fiddling with the projector/dvd player/cable box for each video format.
wouldn't it be great if someone made a pre/pro that automatically selected the optimal sound codec and video rendering for each source to match the speaker setup and projector capability? that's the pre/pro i'm looking for. the hdmi interface standard can make it happen, but for now i refuse to buy sony equipment.
the hdmi standards are complicated. below is a description that i 'borrowed' from another site:
HDMI 1.3 connectors could appear later on next-generation HDTV displays, next-generation Blu-ray and HD DVD players, A/V receivers, surround-sound preamp/processors and PCs.... HDMI 1.3 could appear in high-definition disc players and A/V receivers as early as the summer of 2007.
Because it boosts bandwidth to 10.2Gbps from 4.95Gbps, HDMI 1.3 connectors will enable suppliers of future video sources and HDTV displays to accelerate refresh rates to 120Hz from 60Hz, deepen color bit depth to 48-bit RGB from 24-bit, and deliver 1.8x more viewable colors to include every visible color that the eye can see; subtle changes in the blues of a blue sky will be smoother and less abrupt
For future HD DVD and Blu-ray disc players, HDMI 1.3 also promises to transport all, not just some, of the two formats' optional high-bandwidth surround-sound codecs in native form, thanks to a boost in the HDMI standard's "frame rate" to 768kHz from 192kHz. First-generation HD DVD players already deliver all codecs over HDMI 1.1 connectors, but only after transcoding to multichannel PCM. First-generation Blu-ray players lack that transcoding capability.
The newly supported surround codecs are losslessly compressed Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master. Optional surround codecs previously supported by HDMI were (for Blu-ray) uncompressed 7.1-channel 192kHz/24-bit PCM and compressed Dolby Digital Plus. For HD DVD and Blu-ray, previously supported optional codecs include various DTS HD implementations, including 5.1- to 7.1-channel soundtracks.
The HDMI 1.1 and 1.2 standards support all mandatory surround formats in the HD DVD and Blu-ray standards, including Blu-ray's mandatory 5.1-channel PCM up to 192kHz/24 bits. The current 1.2 spec also transports DVD-Audio and SACD streams, 1,080p video at 60Hz refresh rates (also supported in the 1.0 spec), 24-bit RGB color, eight channels of uncompressed 192kHz/24-bit audio and the CEC bidirectional communications protocol, also called HDMI One Touch. It allows for one-touch turn-on of a home theater system built from multiple brands.
sorry for the long winded rant...