I still don't know what all this hype about HDMI 1.3 is about. Don't you guys read the "Why we don't need the HDMI 1.3" thread? Paying all the attention to specs (like HDMI 1.3) and not enough attention to sound quality is not the prudent approach. I have a Harman Kardon AVR 745 (had the 247 before) and love it. I have no problems recommending the 247 to someone for sound quality and HDMI 1.1 features. However, it does have the issue of not able to turn of video scaling.