Originally Posted by VespaMan
5. The internet radio is useless where I am, since almost no local radiostation uses mp3. And even if so, the user interface is so slow, that I would probably get crazy if I tried it anyway.
6. Also for playing local music, the user interface isnt good enough - too slow and cumbersome.
Sorry to hear of your troubles.
I don't use projection for tv but I can understand your frustration with lip sync & black levels.
As for the Internet Radio, I do agree on most of your points. The entire Networking/Internet Radio/USB menus are extremely slow, very *klunky*, and lack some needed features. And it seems they have not even attempted to improve these lack-luster features on your 3800 from it's predecessor the 2700 series.
But as for your locals being unplayable, that is mostly a limitation put in place by your local AM/FM stations more than a Yamaha limitation. Probably close to half of all US terrestrial radio, when rebroadcasting/streaming over the net, put up one of two roadblocks (sometimes both) for direct hardware streaming.
1. They insist on using Real Audio instead of the much more industry standard MP3 or WMA for direct hardware streaming.
2. Real Audio or not, many allow only direct website access (not direct streaming to a media player) so they can show you their banner ads.
I, personally, use Internet Radio for just the opposite reason: to AVOID having to listen to (or be limited to) my locals.
The DJ banter, too many ads, limited selection, etc... But I can certainly understand your annoyance at not having your locals available to you, should you wish them to be. Your Sonos should solve most of that issue.
Although mostly unrelated to your "locals" issue, the real limitation Yamaha put in place for Internet Radio usage is not allowing WMA streaming. I'm rather certain there are two reasons as to why they imposed a no WMA streaming limitation, but I won't go into that here.
Good luck and hopefully others can help you in finding a replacement AVR to solve your other issues.