Optional Add-on Devices
Amplifier: The Denon AVR-5308CI
features a 7-channel equal power, discrete amplifier. The amplifier is rated at
150 watts x 7-channels RMS. The receiver supports 9.3-channel surround and
features Front left/right channels, Center channel, Surround A left/right
channels, Surround B left/right channels and Surround Back left/right channels
with three subwoofer preamp outputs. The unit's Surround A and B channels are
wired in parallel and share an amplifier.
DDSC HD-Digital (Dynamic Discrete
Surround Circuit): The Denon AVR-5308CI is equipped with the latest
technology in surround audio performance. All elements of the Surround Processor
are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance
and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the
surround decoder. DDSC HD-Digital (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit) features
triple Analog Device Hammerhead SHARC 32-bit floating point
DSP processors, Burr-Brown audio DACs in differential mode (2 per audio
channels) on all 12 output channels, and a master clock design for more accurate
processing and less jitter noise.
Advanced AL24 Multi-Channel Processing: Denon's Advanced AL24
technology dramatically improves information volume in the time axis region
using high-speed signal detection and processing technology. In addition to
expanding to expanding original 16-bit data to 24 bits, Advanced AL24 Processing
uses data interpolation along the time axis or upconverted sampling to achieve
natural interpolation without losing the original data. A digital filter is used
to further expand adaptability and perform optimum filtering calculations for
ringing-free pulse response, pulsive music data and attack sounds. The result is
reproduction of such spatial information as the delicate nuances in your music,
the positions of the performers, and the breadth, height, and depth of the
concert hall. Advance AL24 Processing is conducted for all channels and modes
other than the DSD Direct mode.
24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A
Converters:The AVR-5308CI uses highly accurate Burr Brown PCM-1791 Digital-to-Analog
converters, two for each channel, on all 12 output channels. The 192kHz sampling and
24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution
recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those
Minimum Signal Path Construction:The AVR-5308CI's circuit board layout and mechanical construction is
designed to minimize audio and video signal paths in order to maximize video and
- Direct Mechanical Ground: The receiver's heat sink and main transformer are located near feet to
minimize mechanical vibration. Both the heat sink and main transformer are
fixed to the bottom chassis of the receiver to reinforce Mechanical Ground.
The transformer is supported by a separate transformer and plate and the
receiver's center chassis is reinforced to add overall strength and
durability to the unit.
- Separate Circuit Boards: The AVR-5308CI utilizes separate circuit board to isolate each signal to
achieve the highest quality of audio and video. The receiver features
separate digital, analog audio and analog video circuit boards which
reduces interference and lowers noise distortion.
- Discrete Transformers: Five
individual transformers provide a
separate power supply for the
receiver's Power Amp section, Digital block, Analog Audio block, Analog
Video block, and HD radio block for maximum performance. The receiver also
features an independent sub transformer ensuring excellent low frequency
- Toroidal Power Supply: The receiver utilizes a high current Toroidal
power supply to drive the unit's discrete mono block amplifier channels.
automatically detects and decodes the digital bitstream from a CD that has been
encoded through the special High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) process.
HDCD discs use 20-bit encoding and other proprietary processing to provide the
ultimate in CD listening.
THX Ultra2 Certification: This unit has been built and tested to
conform to the high standards of sound and build quality set by the THX Ultra2
Certification program. THX is the unique collaboration between Lucasfilm Ltd.
and audio equipment manufacturers. THX Ultra2 certification provides a rigorous
set of performance standards, along with proprietary surround sound
post-processing technologies, designed to enhance the surround sound playback
experience in the home theater. When the THX Ultra2 mode is on, the following
THX post-processing is added:
- Re-Equalization: The tonal balance of a film soundtrack tends to
be excessively bright and harsh when played back over audio equipment in the
home because film soundtracks are designed to be played back in large movie
theaters using very different professional equipment. Re-Equalization
restores the correct tonal balance for watching a movie soundtrack in a
typical home environment.
- Timbre Matching: The human ear changes our perception of a sound
depending on the direction from which the sound is coming. In a movie
theater, there is an array of surround speakers so that the surround
information is all around you. In a home theater only two or four surround
speakers are used. The Timbre Matching feature filters the information going
to the surround speakers so that they more closely match the tonal
characteristics of the sound coming from the front speakers. This ensures
seamless panning between the front and surround speakers.
- Adaptive Decorrelation: In a movie theater, a large number of surround
speakers help create an enveloping surround sound experience, while in a
home theater there are usually only two or four surround speakers. This can
make the surround speakers sound like headphones that lack spaciousness. The
surround sounds will also collapse into the closest speaker as you move away
from the middle seating position. Adaptive Decorrelation slightly changes
one surround channel's time and phase relationship with respect to the
others. This expands the listening position and creates the same spacious
surround experience as in a movie theater.
- ASA (Advanced Speaker Array): ASA is a proprietary THX technology which
processes the sound fed to the two side and two back surround speakers to
provide the optimal surround sound experience.
- BGC (Boundary Gain Compensation): The BGC feature provides overall
improved bass balance of your home theater system by compensating for room
and wall boundaries.
Formats: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround formats to bring
you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The supported surround
- Home THX Cinema: Home THX Cinema accurately translates the sound
from the movie theater environment into the your home by correcting the
tonal and spatial errors that occur. When the Home THX Cinema mode is
selected on the AVR-5308CI, THX post-processing is automatically added after
the Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital or DTS decoder.
- THX Ultra2 Cinema Mode: The AVR-5308CI is equipped with THX Ultra2
Cinema mode that plays 5.1 channel movies using up to 12 speakers (9.3). The THX
processing blends the surround and surround back speakers providing the
optimal mix of ambient and directional surround sounds. DTS-ES and Dolby
Digital EX 6.1 channel soundtracks are automatically detected and processed
- THX Surround EX: With the AVR-5308CI Dolby Digital EX soundtracks
further undergo Home THX Cinema processing to achieve a THX Surround EX
system. This mode gives you more detailed imaging behind you, allowing for
360-degree surround sound effects.
- THX Music Mode: THX Music mode can be used for playing 5.1 multi-channel
music sources. In this mode THX processing is applied to the surround
channels to provide a wide and stable rear soundstage.
- THX Games Mode: Two channel stereo and multi channel, analog and digital
signals are compatible with THX Games Mode. ASA is used to accurately place
all game audio information, providing a full 360° playback environment. THX
Games Mode is unique as it gives you a smooth transition of audio in all
points of the surround field.
- DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1
surround sound format used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
- DTS-ES Extended Surround:
DTS-ES features two 6.1 multi-channel formats: DTS-ES Discrete
6.1(6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel
to the DTS digital surround sound) and DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 (discrete 6.1
channel digital audio format inserting a surround back channel to the DTS
surround sound through matrix encoding)
- DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS
Neo:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround
playback with 2-channel sources. You can choose from two DTS Neo: 6 Surround
formats - Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6 Music
- DTS 96/24: DTS 96/24 is a
digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels
with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video.
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio:
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improved version of the conventional
DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signal formats that is compatible with sampling
frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up to 7.1-channels of discrete digital
sound. High data bit rate performance provides high quality sound.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format compatible with up to 96 kHz
and up to 7.1-channels. The lossless audio coding technology faithfully
reproduces the sound of the studio master.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby
Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital EX:
Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital Plus:
Digital Plus is an improved Dolby Digital surround format that is compatible
with up to 7.1-channels of discrete digital sound and also improves sound
quality due to extra data bit rate performance.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD
is a high definition audio technology, using lossless coding technology to
faithfully reproduce the sound of the studio masters.
- Dolby Pro Logic II:Dolby Pro Logic II technology processes any high
quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into five playback
channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround decoding
technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur
naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel
surround sound playback experience. You can choose from the following Dolby
Pro Logic II formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any existing
stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a
seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment
experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats -
Cinema, Music, or Game.
- Dolby Headphone: This is a three-dimensional sound technology
developed jointly by Dolby Laboratories and lake Technology Ltd. of
Australia of achieving surround sound using regular headphones.
- Neural Surround:
Neural Surround has
been adopted by XM Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of XM HD
Surround recordings and live events in surround sound. Neural Surround
employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing which allows delivery of
a more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and
localization of audio elements.
- Combined Surround Modes: The receiver features
several combined modes using existing Dolby, Digital Theater Systems
(DTS), and THX surround modes: ES DSCRT6.1 + THX, ES MTRX6.1 + THX,
PLIIX Cinema + THX, Dolby PL + THX, NEO6 + THX, Multi CH 7.1 + THX, Multi CH
5.1 + THX, DTS + PLIIx Cinema, DTS + PLIIx Music, DTS + NEO:6, Dolby Digital
+ PLIIx Cinema, Dolby Digital + PLIIx Music, Multi In + PLII x Cinema, Multi
In + PLIIx Music, Direct + PLIIx Cinema, and Direct + PLIIx Music
Denon Original Surround Modes
(DSP): In addition to the supported surround formats, the
AVR-5308CI features the following Denon Original DSP modes:
- Wide Screen: this mode
is for enjoying the atmosphere of viewing a movie on a large screen
- Super Stadium: this
mode is suited for viewing sports programs
- Rock Arena: this mode
is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in an arena
- Jazz Club: this mode
is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in a jazz club
- Classic Concert: this
mode is for appreciating classical concert programs
- Mono Movie: this mode
is for playing monaural movie sources with surround sound
- Video game:this mode
is suited for achieving surround sound with video games
- Matrix: this mode lets
you add a sense of expansion to stereo music sources
- 7CH Stereo: this mode
is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers
are three 2-channel playback modes exclusively for music:
- Pure Direct:
plays back music with an extremely high level of sound quality. All the
video-related circuits are turned off so that music signals are reproduced
with high quality. When an analog mode is selected, the digital processing
circuits are also turned off to achieve the highest purity.
- Direct: audio signals
bypass the tone control circuits, and are transmitted directly, resulting in
good quality sound
- Stereo: allows you to adjust the tone to achieve the desired sound
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- CINEMA EQ (Cinema Equalizer):
The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high
frequencies, compensating for overly-bright sounding motion picture soundtracks.
Select this function if the sound from the front speakers is too bright. This
function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic (including PL II and PL IIx), Dolby
Digital, DTS Surround, DTS Neo:6, and Wide Screen modes.
- D.COMP (Dynamic Range Compression):
Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between
very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the
maximum sound level is lower than usual, the Dynamic Range Compression allows
you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack (but with reduced dynamic
range). This only works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital
or DTS. You can select one of the four settings: "OFF", "LOW", "MID" (middle),
or "HI" (high).
- LFE: This setting adjusts
the low-frequency effects level (LFE). You can adjust the LFE from -10 to 0
- Center Image: This
function assigns a center channel signal to the front left and right
channels for wider sound. You can adjust the center image range from 0.0 to
0.3 to 1.0.
- Panorama: This feature
assigns front left and right signals to surround channels for wider sound.
You can turn this feature On or Off.
- Dimension: This settings
shifts the sound image from the center to the front or rear to adjust
playback balance. You can select from 0 to 3 to 6.
- Center Width: This
function assigns a center channel signal to the front left and right
channels for wider sound. You can select from 0 to 3 to 7.
- Delay Time: This feature
adjusts the delay time to control the sound stage size. You can select
either 0 to 30ms to 300ms.
- Effect: This settings
switches the effect signal for multi-surround speakers either On or Off.
- Effect Level: This
function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 10 to 15.
- Room Size: This feature
determines the size of your acoustic environment. You can select from Small,
Medium small, Medium, Medium large, or Large.
- AFDM: This feature
auto-selects the surround mode by the connected source's content.
- SB CH Out (for multi-channel
sources): This setting selects the playback mode for the surround back
channels of the receiver. You can choose from Non Matrix, Matrix, PLIIx
Cinema, PLIIx Music, ES Matrix, ES Discrete or Off.
- SB CH Out (for 2-channel
sources): You can select either On or Off for the surround back channels
when listening to a 2-channel source.
- Subwoofer: This feature
selects whether or not to output subwoofer signals when the receiver is in
the Direct or Stereo mode.
Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's
overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB or you can set each channel's
Bass and Treble setting separately. These settings can be set for the main
zones, as well as zones 2, 3 and 4.
Night Mode: This mode is
optimized for late night listening. You can select from the following Night
Modes - Low, Middle, High or Off.
Restorer: This function
restores compressed audio signal to how they were before compression and
corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer playback sound. You
can select from one of the following modes - Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3 or Off.
Dialogue Normalization: Dialogue Normalization is a feature of Dolby
Digital which is used to keep the programs at the same average listening level
so the user does not have to change the volume control between Dolby Digital
receiver has a personal memorize function that automatically memorizes the
surround modes and input modes selected for the different input sources. When
the input source is switched, the modes set for that source last time it was
used are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings,
and playback level balance for the different output channels are memorized for
each surround mode.
Auto Setup: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to
achieve the most ideal sound field for your room.
The AVR-5308CI's Audyssey MultiEQ XT
function is designed to optimize the sound quality at each listening position in
the room. The included DM-A505Z microphone is used to measure test tones at each
listening position. This measured data is then analyzed using a program to
improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area. For best results at
least 8 positions should be measured, including a main position. The main
position is given more weight in the calculations. The Audyssey function adjusts
the following measurements automatically: Speaker Configuration, Distance,
Channel Level, Crossover Frequency, and Room EQ. The receiver also features a
Pro Auto Setup which allows a professional installer to measure up to 32
positions using software and equipment exclusively purchased from Denon.
The Room EQ function offers the following adjustment settings:
- Audyssey:adjusts the
frequency response of all speakers to correct the effects of room acoustics
- Audyssey Byp. L/R: optimizes
frequency response of speakers except front speakers to match room acoustics
- Flat: frequency response
of all speakers are flat
- Manual EQ: This feature
adjusts the tonal quality for each speaker using the receiver's built-in
graphic equalizer. You can select -20 to +6 dB for the following frequencies
for each speaker - 63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2khz, 4kHz, 8kHz, and
- Off: Turns off EQ
Subwoofer Control: The receiver features three subwoofer preamp outputs. You can choose to
connect one, two or three powered subwoofers. You
can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz,
90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz. You can also select the
subwoofer output level between 0, 5, 10 or 15 dB. In addition, the receiver
features a THX Ultra2 Subwoofer mode when connecting a powered subwoofer
compatible with THX Ultra2 standards or a subwoofer that can be properly played
at low range.
The audio signal can be delayed, from 0-200ms, to match the video signal.
Volume Setting: You can set a
maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume
output. You can also indicate a Turn-On Volume setting from -80 to +18dB or Last
(whatever volume you used last before turning the unit Off).
Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit from -40dB or
-20dB from the present volume level.
Denon Link: This receiver
features the Denon Link (3rd edition), an RJ-45 jack on the back panel, which
allows a one-cable connection to a compatible Denon DVD player equipped with a
Denon Link connector. This digital connection allows the input of uncompressed
Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio digital signals with jitter-less data transfer and
Amplifier Assign: There are seven amplifier channels built
into the receiver. These channels are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in
the main room, but the amplifier assign function gives you the option of
configuring the system differently if you prefer. The amplifier features seven different amplifier assignment
configurations. You can configure the amplifier to support up to 9.3 channel
Bi-Amp/Bi-wiring: Four of the seven
amplifier channels can be used to bi-amp the front speakers, leaving three to
power other channels. Your front speakers can also be bi-wired using this
amplifier if your speakers support this feature.
Dual Surround Speaker Mode:
The AVR-5308CI provides the ability to connect two different sets of surround
speakers, and place them in the appropriate locations in your home theater room,
so that you can enjoy both movie soundtracks and music listening, with optimum
results and no compromise. If you play one pair of surround speakers at a time
(Surround A or B), the minimum impedance of the connected speakers is 6 ohms. If
you play both pairs of speakers simultaneously (Surround A + B), the minimum
impedance of the connected speakers is 8 ohms. In addition, the receiver also
features discrete surround back left/right channels.
Multi Zone/Multi Source Operation: Denon's Multi-Zone/Multi-Source function lets you select different
audio/video sources for listening and viewing in different locations of your
home. The AVR-5308CI features a Main Zone (Zone 1), two Audio/Video Zones (Zone 2
and 3), and a Digital Audio Only Zone (Zone 4). The Main Zone 1
contains 9.3-channel playback of your audio/video gear in your main
entertainment room. The Audio/Video Zone 2 allows stereo or digital audio and video
playback of another AV source connected to the receiver in another room of your
home via left/right RCA audio, speaker terminal output connections, or optical
digital output connection and
composite video, S-video or component video connectors. Zone 2 will pass S-Video
and composite video inputs through its composite video output. The S-video and
component video output of Zone 2 will only output video that is input using the
same type of connection. Audio/Video Zone 3 also allows
stereo audio and video playback of another AV source connected to the receiver
in another room of your home via left/right RCA audio or speaker terminal output connections
and a composite video connector. Zone 3's composite video output will support
video input via S-video or composite video. The Digital
Audio Only Zone 4 allows you to play a digital audio source connected to the
receiver in a fourth room of your home via an optical output connection.
Note: Zone 2 and Zone 3
feature either a preamp-output or speaker terminal output so you can use
this amp or a separate amp to power speakers in another room. Zone 2 also
features a digital audio output. When using the
AVR-5308CI to power speakers in a second room of your home, the main zone is
restricted to 5.3-channel at the same time. Also, when using the AVR-5308CI
to power speakers in a second and third room of your home the main zone is
restricted to 3.3 channels at the same time. When using the receiver's
preamp output terminals for the second and third room you need an additional
amplifier in each room to power those speakers and the main Zone of the
receiver remains 9.3-channel. Zone 4 only features an optical digital output
connection and requires an external amplifier to power speakers in another
Inputs: The AVR-5308CI features 4 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and
4 coaxial digital
inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Phono and Tuner. Optical Digital Inputs
2, 3 and 4 also have corresponding Optical
Digital outputs for use with a CD, MD or other digital recording device. One of
these optical outputs can also be used for Zone 4.
There is also a dedicated optical output for Zone 2.
Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-5308CI is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future
Binding Post Speaker Terminals:All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts.
They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use
with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual
9.3 Multi-Channel Pre-Out: The receiver features a
9.3-channel pre-out for connection to an external
AM/FM Tuner With RDS: The receiver
features an AM/FM tuner which allows you to preset up to 56 radio stations (8
stations each in 7 separate banks). You can delete any unused tuner banks. The
unit also supports RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is an FM broadcasting service
which allows a station to send additional inforamtion along with the regular
radio program signal. The following three types of RDS information can be
received by this receiver's FM tuner - Program Type (identifies the type of RDS
program), Traffic Program (identifies programs that carry traffic
announcements), Radio Text (allows RDS stations to send text messages that
appear on the display of the unit).
HD Radio: The AVR-5308CI
features a separate, built-in HD AM/FM tuner. HD radio stations offer higher
sound quality than conventional FM/AM broadcasts. HD FM stations sound as great
as CD quality while HD AM sounds a rich as analog FM stereo. It is also possible
to receive data services and select broadcasts from among up to eight multicast
Last Function Memory:
This unit is equipped with a last function memory, which stores the input and
output setting conditions as they were immediately before the power was switched
Panel Lock Mode: The buttons on
the main unit can be locked if not using them.
The unit is also equipped with a back-up memory. This function provides
approximately one week of memory storage when the main unit's power switch is
off and the power cord is disconnected.
Noise Shaped Video (NSV): The
NSV precision video feature works in the digital domain to reduce noise in the
video signal frequency band in order to enhance video signal linearity, provide
accurate signal representations, and enhance the picture quality. Noise shaping
techniques can be combined with dynamic element matching techniques in order to
reduce the matching requirements of DAC elements by converting the analog
mismatch into and out of band noise. This approach of dynamic element
matching and noise shaping has been shown to allow the use of sigma delta
modulation at video data rates. NSV can achieve ultimate precision with 12-bit/216-MHz
fidelity in both digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital domains.
HDMI ver. 1.3a: This unit has 6 HDMI version 1.3a inputs and 2 HDMI version 1.3a outputs. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different
input sources. The 2 HDMI outputs are parallel so the same video signal is
output through both. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection and are
compatible with 30 and 36 bit Deep Color and xvYCC technology.
The receiver's HDMI outputs are compatible with the following audio formats:
2-channel linear PCM, Multi-channel linear PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, DSD,
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD.
Full 10-Bit Processing Video Circuit With Up-Conversion: The
AVR-5308CI features discrete construction and circuitry for the highest quality
video processing. The receiver utilizes a Realta sxT2 HQV 10-bit processor for i/p
and video scaling. The AVR-5308CI's
flexible video switching system converts video signals in an effort to only
require one video connection from receiver to TV. The video switching system
features Multi-Cadence Detection for accurate i/p conversion when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan
displays. The Realta sxT2 HQV 10-bit processor converts standard interlaced signals into progressive scan
signals in order to eliminate the stair-casing effect that conventional
up-converters can introduce to diagonal edges. In addition, this unit's Full
10-bit video processor can pass a 1080p/24fps signal through its HDMI
input/output and supports Deep Color up to 36-bit and xvYCC broader color
spacing via HDMI. Unlike most other video conversion circuits, this receiver
will also convert analog signals from composite video, S-Video, and component
video to HDMI up to 1080p.
- Composite Video: can be
converted to S-Video, component video, or HDMI
- S-Video:can be converted
to composite video, component video, or HDMI
- Component Video: can be
converted to composite video, S-Video, or HDMI (480i signals only when down
- HDMI: HDMI input signals must be output as HDMI
Auto Lip Sync: Auto Lip Sync
automatically compensates for timing shifts between audio and video output.
Inputs/Outputs: The receiver features
6 component video inputs and 3 component video outputs. The component video
inputs are assignable to different sources. One of the three component video
outputs is used for Zone 2 while the other two component video outputs are wired in parallel and used
for monitor outputs (the same video signal is broadcast through all two).
One set of the component video inputs and outputs use BNC-type connectors
instead of RCA.
On-Screen Display (OSD) With GUI Menus: An OSD
with GUI menus can be
displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD and GUI menus are sent through all
monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI).
Picture Adjustments: The
receiver allows you to make the following picture adjustments to incoming video
through the unit's component, composite or S-video inputs - Contrast,
Brightness, Chroma Level (Saturation) and Hue. You can also make the following
picture adjustments to all incoming video inputs including HDMI - DNR (reduces
the overall level of noise on the picture), Enhancer (enhances picture) and
Note: When the input signal is 1080p the Picture Adjust
feature will be ineffective.
Source Delete: You can delete
inputs you are not using from the receiver's display and on-screen menu to make
accessing your connected sources quicker and easier.
Dimmer: The receiver features 4
display brightness settings - Bright, Dim, Dark or Off.
Home Network Function: The
AVR-5308CI is equipped with an Ethernet port and WiFi (WLAN) antenna that lets you build various types
of network environments either hardwire or wireless (802.11 b/g). You can use these network environments to take
advantage of 4 home audio network functions:
Server: The AVR-5308CI's Music Server function lets you stream audio
and still image files (MP3/WMA/WAV/MPEG-4 AAC/FLAC/JPEG) stored on your PC
to the receiver. This network connection uses 2
standard technologies: Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or
Windows Media DRM10. To access iTunes library and playlists you need to
install TwonkyMedia software to your PC. Twonky Vision is a software program
needed to manage your iTunes database and can be downloaded fromwww.twonkyvision.com for a one
time fee of $29.99. The AVR-5308CI also supports MP3 ID3-Tag (ver.2) and WMA
META tags. The AVR-5308CI
only supports files that are not copyright protected.
- Internet Radio: Internet
Radio is a system that lets you hear radio broadcasts from stations on the
Internet. A wide variety of stations, both large and small and some which
are operated by individuals, can be found on the Internet. Until now, radio
stations could only be heard if you were within listening range of their
radio waves, but with Internet Radio, you can listen to broadcasts from all
over the world. The list of stations that the AVR-5308CI uses comes from the vTuner radio station database that has been customized for Denon.
- Rhapsody: Rhapsody is a paid music broadcast service of RealNetworks
which offers a massive music catalog. Rhapsody currently offers a 30-day
free trial and memberships start at just $12.99 month.
- A/V Receiver Network Setup
(Web control): This function lets you set up and control the A/V
receiver over a network using Internet Explorer on a PC. The AVR-5308CI's
Ethernet port also supports serial controls that use Crestron and others.
Note: A computer with
the following specifications is required to use the Music Server
feature: Operating Systems include Windows XP Service Pack2 or Windows
Vista, Installed Software includes .Net Framework 1.1 and Windows Media
Connect (Windows XP)/Windows Media Player ver. 11/DLNA-compatible server
software, Internet Browser needs to be Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
or later, a LAN port is needed along with 300 MB or more free disk
USB Terminals: USB
terminals that let you connect a USB-compatible portable music player are
located behind the fold-down door on the front panel and on the receiver's rear
panel. You can connect your player or PC to these terminals and play the MP3 or
WMA (Windows Media) files directly through your AVR-5308CI
system. When an MP3 music file includes album art data, the album art can be
displayed on your connected TV while playing the file. You can also play JPEG
still picture files in a slideshow fashion that are stored on a USB memory
device. The AVR-5308CI is compatible with mass storage class and MTP (Media
Transfer Protocol) USB memory devices in FAT16 or FAT32 format.
Note: You cannot use the
front USB port and rear USB port at the same time. You must select which
port you want to use - Front or Rear.
Control (RC-1067): The receiver's main
remote control (RC-1067) features a back-lit LCD touch panel as well as hard-key
buttons for operation of the AVR-5308CI. If your other audio/video devices are
of a brand other than Denon or if they cannot be operated with the preset memory
function, the other device's remote control signals can be transferred and
stored in the AVR-5308CI's main remote control (RC-1067). The remote control is
equipped with "System Call" functions, allowing a series of remote control
signals to be transmitted by pressing a single button. Up to 32 sequential
signals can be stored in each of the 3 System Call buttons.
Sub/Multi-Zone Remote Control (RC-1070):
The receiver's sub remote control unit is equipped with frequently used buttons,
so it can be used for simple remote control unit operations. The sub remote
(RC-1070) can also be used for multi-zone, so you can use it to control the
AVR-5308CI from other rooms via an optional IR repeater kit. The following operations can be performed using
- Switching the input source
- Adjusting the volume
- Tuner (AM/FM), XM, HD Radio and iPod
- NET/USB direct play
- GUI menu and Zone2 on-screen display
- Zone power on/off
Note: It is not possible to operate
devices other than the amplifier.
Remote Lock Mode: This setting
can be made so that the remote control unit cannot operate the AVR-5308CI.
HDMI Control: When connecting the AVR-5308CI to a television or player
compatible with the HDMI control function, the following operations are possible
- Turn power On/Off with television, Switch sound output, Adjust volume and
Switch input source.
Custom Integration: The AVR-5308CI carries
the "CI" stamp, which is Denon's certification to custom installers that the
receiver has advanced connectivity and control features often required for
custom home integration and theater applications using premium control systems.
These features include RS232C jacks for use with whole house control systems,
remote in/out IR command control, and assignable +12-volt triggers.
- RS-232C Ports: The AVR-5308CI includes dual
RS-232C ports for connection to external whole-house
control systems, from companies such as AMX, Crestron, and
others, and provides a software/firmware upgrade pathway.
- Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input
for use with an optional Denon RC-616, 617, or 618 IR
re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.
- 12V Trigger Outputs: The
AVR-5308CI has 4 mini-jack outputs to
send a 12-Volt DC "turn-on" signal to another component that accepts a 12V
trigger, such as a power amplifier. These trigger outputs can be assigned to the
Main Zone, Zone 2, Zone 3 or Zone 4.
Optional Add-on Devices
iPod Compatibility: Using an optionalASD-11R iPod dock, or anASD-51N orASD-51W iPod/Network adapter dock, you can integrate your iPod with the
AVR-5308CI. Song titles appear on the receiver's display panel and the iPod can
be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control.
XM Satellite Ready: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner
(220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the
XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack on
back of the receiver, place and aim the included antenna for optimum reception,
and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus live sports,
new, talk, and exclusive entertainment. The channel number, channel name, artist
name, and song title are listed on the receiver's display and on the connected
TV monitor. XM stations are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM
and FM stations are.
Note: In addition to the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner and the
XM-ready receiver, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio to
receive XM programming.