When I talk about what I want, I'm perfectly ok with it appearing in a $2,000 AVR
It includes (in addition to the usual other junk like decent amps for those that need them, a solid remote app that some cannot seem to live without, and all the streaming app garbage) :
1. 11.2/4 DTS NEO/Audyssey DSX playback with DSPs (and a CPU) powerful enough to (gasp) handle new surround codecs in the next few years that I would be willing to PAY to update to.
2. The ability to play ANY digital input in any digital zone. ANY HDMI would be a huge plus I'd be willing to pay for, but at LEAST SPDIF (coax/optical).
3. Excellent, full-body room correction, including subs.
4. Easy, on the fly, MANIPULATION of the above- the ability to "tweak" if you will the RC's results.
5. Ability to easily store and ACCESS a multitude of the above tweaks.
6. Flexible 12 volt trigger control.
7. Sensible 2013-like GUI
8. Complete set of pre-outs.
9. A gigabit ethernet switch- there's plenty of space once you dump what's listed below and it doesn't hurt in a crowded rack to lose a standalone switch.
10. Ax ALL legacy inputs. No business on a modern, flagship/top flight AVR/pre pro in 2013.
Basically a modern, DIGITAL AVR for the 98% who have moved on in high(er)-end A/V. Give us what we want
and stop catering to the 2% that don't blacken your bottom line. Think about it.
Oh...and make it weigh at least 50lbs so everyone can talk about its "build quality".