Midi (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is an open source method used in the musical world to unify synthesizers and other instruments to one protocol. The effects of Midi were ground breaking for both performance and recording with effects that trickle down to the world of consumer electronics in ways that changed music forever. Most people say that those changes are for the better.
Making MIDI connections is pretty easy. Product connect up and speak to each other as if everyone spoke the same language. Drum machines talk to keyboards while computers speak fluently with sequencers. There are no real issues about getting digital product A to talk with digital product B. If only home theaters had this level of connectivity today? HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) promised this level of connection but failed version after version leaving home theater enthusiasts stuck with products that were outdated and behind the curve in terms of chipsets, firmware and more. HDMI quickly went through versions 1.0, HDMI 1.1, HDMI 1.2, HDMI 1.3b and currently is in HDMI 1.4b. Seemingly the world of HDMI has settled down but that doesn't make AV enthusiast feel any less bitter about the fact that their HDMI 1.1 AV receiver is that might have cost them $1,000 or more is now close to worthless. A $5,000 HDMI 1.3 AV preamp might pass Blu-ray content but it might have some handshake issues that can make one's system not work flawlessly. Lessons could have been learned from MIDI in terms of connectivity but the need for copy protection have left consumers with an imperfect solution.
One thing that makes a home theater beautiful is connectivity that works. Simply pick up the remote and it works â€" fast, every time and without glitches. That is a gorgeous thing when it comes to a home theater and high definition living.