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Wondering if there is a huge need for a networked receiver, if my media is all getting pushed to it through my NAS, wouldn't that be my interface and would access that from the phone/computer to turn the stereo on etc.

Would i still be able to use a smartphone/laptop interface that could control what is played and the volume?
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Also, any rec's on a good NAS for a semi-technical newb would be appreciated
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I don't get it. If your are going to push media from your NAS to your AVR, doesn't it have to be networked? Maybe you can steer it from your phone, but the AVR still needs to be on the network.
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I don't get it. If your are going to push media from your NAS to your AVR, doesn't it have to be networked? Maybe you can steer it from your phone, but the AVR still needs to be on the network.
Why?
Many have been running an optical cable via a good sound card, or simple RCA's to a home stereo for years. Simplest and easiest.
That, said, I have a networked receiver, and it leaves much to be desired. You're better off with a streaming device connected to a good AVR. (Roku, WD Live, Squeezebox, etc...) Unless, of course, you are in the market for a new receiver. Most manufacturer's offer a connected solution these days, but it is not "necessary"

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I am in the market for one, actually. But I have been seeing that if I were to get one not networked I could really get a lot more bang for my buck, and also a networked receiver limits me to certain models, even just assuming i am looking at last years line.

I hate to pick something up that would limit me down the road, but i really could save a couple hundred and get something that really is suited to great audio (and video) if i just were to drop the network part of it.
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I too have a networked receiver and I have to say that feature was a total waste of money. Very hard to navigate even with an onscreen display. If you have to use a display get a media streamer and save yourself many many hours of headaches trying to determine why one file will play while another wont....
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I find my PC, connected to pre-pro with HDMI, to be much more capable and flexible than the pre-pro's file streaming capabilities.
The biggest weakness of the pc is Netflix's limitations, no DD+, and poor video quality. For Netflix I've ordered a Roku.
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So assuming say I had a synology NAS connected to an apple TV, roku box, or WD live,

If my receiver wasn't networked would I still be able to wake up my stereo from my phone ans turn on music in zone 2, and adjust the volume etc.?

If I can do that then I don't know if I do need a networked receiver.

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