Originally Posted by kriktsemaj99
Regardless of HDMI 1.4a, I wouldn't buy a receiver that has to go to a service centre for firmware updates.
Originally Posted by Lee Stewart
Why not? If anything went wrong with the installation of the update, wouldn't it be their responsibility?
There's no reason why the firmware update procedure can't be made reliable. Loads of devices these days get updated regularly (BD players for one). The hassle of disconnecting a receiver and shipping it somewhere is huge, and they have so many features now there's no way they can be bug free (even less likely when they first ship with HDMI 1.4 features that have hardly been tested due to a lack of HDMI 1.4 sources and displays).
If you're lucky there are no major bugs that really have to be addressed, but you might not be lucky (last year a lot of Denon owners had a major bug
and the low-end models could not be updated by the user).
For models that aren't updateable by the user, bug fixes are often not announced but they usually do exist. Units shipping later have newer firmware revisions that were quietly introduced at the factory, and existing owners typically never know.