Originally Posted by migraine24-7
This happens consistently with Onkyo. I bought a TX-NR805 because the 806 specs were downgraded. I bought the 805 for $450 and then the 806 specs where released and the price of the 805 went back up to MSRP. I could see this happening with the 818. Maybe not too MSRP but I could see it go up. It happens almost every model cycle. Glad I got my 818 for $700.
Not just Onkyo but every manufacturer seems to do this. Receivers used to be big and beefy, tons of power, tons of inputs and outputs. Obviously, there were always lower end models. But, in the last few years, it seems like every company strips away more inputs and outputs, drops power specs and size, nerfs the amps and power supply, then adds a dozen streaming options and 30 sound modes. Seriously, I wish receivers were like the used to be... they were receivers. Now, they take away all kinds of stuff and bloat 'em up with little bells and whistles that most people could live without. The other day, with my receiver, I was cycling through sound fields, modes, decoding methods, etc... Seriously, there must have been twenty different ones.
I wish companies would offer one model in their lineup that was just pure power, tons of inputs and drop all the other crap. It's so funny to me, so many topics and posts for every brand that say things like, "Can't get firmware to update", "Streaming services won't work", "Surround modes not working right"... Receivers these days have more bugs than a computer, because they're barely receivers anymore. They take away power, and build quality and give you tons of crap that even some advanced home theater users will never touch. That said, I know technology has to advance, but geez...
I know everyone is different and the bells and whistles are important to some people, but damn, just give me the choice of at least, a single, newer model that's just a beast, loaded with power and inputs and drop all the other misc crap.