Originally Posted by Nethawk
Except for bass management the above mentioned Onkyo is more flexible in terms of inputs and services than all AVRs but the latest higher end models from Denon or Marantz. It's a solid unit, and more affordable.
Hmm, here is its stated feature set @ $379
Internet Radio and Music Streaming Service Connectivity (vTuner, Last.fm, SIRIUS XM Internet Radio®, Mediafly, Pandora®, Slacker, Napster, Rhapsody®)
80 w/ch, 8 ohm, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.08% THD, FTC
Direct Digital (USB)connection of iPod®/iPhone®
Compatible with UWF-1 Wireless LAN Adapter (via USB)
Other than the phono input (obtainable with an $50 outboard device)
What is there that can't be found on a $379 AVR or making an allowance for the phono input, a $329 AVR?
It appears to me that the AVR would have one big user-oriented feature that the 8050 lacks: Audyssey. The AVR would also have a far more extensive built-in upgrade path and support for more modern media formats.