Hahaahahhahanah. Another voice heard to require HDMI. I'm sure Mr. Yang will be sure to get right on fulfilling their request (right after he cures cancer, the yips and whatever is driving Elon's coke habit). Seriously, this model is not an avr adjunct or a replacement. It is a device, pretty obvious in it's intent, to play music. Music that is encoded as 7.1 (or whatever number you want) and has the capability of playing that, in DSD128, unmodified. I'm curious, in your dream world, what source are you going to use to take advantage of this device or do the Kardashian's have a secret streaming source that can somehow play, multichannel, hi-res audio (and drumroll please, can do that through HDMI)?That’s not relevant. HDMI licensing is not applied on the basis of how well the unit measures, just on whether or not it uses an HDMI port or ports.
HDMI licensing is, I understand, $15,000 a year. So if you sold 15,000 units it’d be $1 a unit. If you sold 1,500 units it’d be $10 per unit. If you sold 150 units it’d be $100 per unit.
This is a $600 unit. I suspect +$50 (total price $600) wouldn’t reduce sales significantly. A bit of maths - they’d need to sell 300 units at a $50 price increase.
You may ask, but can it be used for the enjoyment of video sound tracks? Of course, padawan, I just enjoyed the first episode of Tim Burton's delicious new series "Wednesday" in all of it's 5.1 glory but that is just the proverbial "side piece" to my earlier evening's treat