Originally Posted by broadwayblue
This is a huge deal for me as many receivers are not compatible with my SA 8300HD cable box/DVR. I think the issue has to do with the cable box not allowing HDMI pass through. I'm more than eager to upgrade my old receiver, and I think the 3808 might be the answer, but if it won't work with HDMI from my cable box it's dead in the water.
It's not a matter of SA 8300HD "compatibility" with AVRs, it's a very well-known and discussed
(see this: http://forums.audioholics.com/forums...highlight=4306
problem of firmware glitch in those boxes which affects (negatively) the HDCP handshake process. So, usually SA 8300HD would work just fine through HDMI directly with your TV, but would not work with AVR (as it is the HDMI switch)
As you will find in the quoted discussion, there's already the remedy available from SA, the firmware upgrade which cures the problem.
The only obstacle which remains is stubborness of some cable providers NOT TO UPGRADE the firmware (which only they can do
Usually you have to push individually with them (as I did with COX N.Virginia), as they tend to deal with this on a "per-case-basis".
So you shouldn't be really concerned with this problem as the criterium for your AVR selection process.