Nice post coendeurloo.
A few more things people might be interested in:Official USA Website: Onkyo TX-SR308
The 308 is Onkyo's "entry level" unit. Below the 308 are only stereo receivers or home theater in a box. Moving up from the 308 to the 508 you would pick up these additional features:
-80watts (0.08% THD 20-20kHz) vs 65watts (0.7% THD 20-20kHz)
-All Discrete Circuitry (which presumably means better SQ)
-7.1 vs 5.1
-Dolby PLIIz (so you can make use of those 7 speakers with 5.1 tracks)
-Audyssey Dynamic EQ
-Audyssey Dynamic Volume
-4 vs 3 hdmi inputs
-Zone 2 line+powered out vs only A+B powered out
-Sirius Ready vs not
-Audyssey 2EQ room calibration vs no calibration
All in all though, the 308 looks like a nice unit for the price, as do the rest of the Onkyo xx8 lineup.
Moving from last year's 307 to the 308 here is what's different:
-The latest High Def format decoding: Dolby TrueHD, DD Plus, and DTS-HD MA vs none in the 307
-no Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs this was in the 307
-no Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs this was in the 307
-Burr-Brown DACs vs not Burr-Brown
-HDMI 1.4a vs 1.3a
-HD radio ready vs not
-basic on screen display vs none
-no Audyssey 2EQ room calibration vs the 307 had this
Its really nice the 308 picked up the Burr-Brown DACs previously only available if you moved all the way up to the 707, but its a shame the 308 lost Audyssey. Oh and there is hdmi 1.4a if you're into that 3D thing, but I doubt that matters in an entry level unit...