Originally Posted by vikgrao
Thanks for the info!..was looking for a pre pro or receiver that can manage two side surrounds and the 5308 fit the bill ,but i also wanted the latest features in it like multiple HDMI 1.4 inputs etc. I guess its back to searching for something else.
Probably too late for this topic, but for anyone reading this in the future, here's how to judge the HDMI inputs / outputs on the 5308A (with 3D passthru upgrade). While the official HDMI version remains version 1.3c, the unit can passthru 3D on all HDMI inputs / outputs. HDMI version 1.4a (and 1.4) really consists of a bunch of optional features.
For instance, a TV without 3D can still have a version 1.4a chipset. Just because 3D is in the spec doesn't mean that every 1.4 device will include it. Same with 4K.
So, asking if the device has a 1.4a spec is meaningless (since 1.4 is a bunch of options). Asking if specific capabilities are included in the HDMI chipset has meaning. Also remember that for many specs (such as 3D), the AVR's job is to simply decode the audio and passthru the video.
For the upgraded 5308A (assuming you can still find one), the answers would be 3D - yes; 4K - no; audio return channel - no.