Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
For my part, I never said that. My point was merely that it is reasonable to expect hardware vendors to remove features that the majority of their customers do not demand in an effort to reduce manufacturing costs.
I can see you point of view. In fact I have seen the results of trying to keep costs down by removing unpopular features. But, lucky for a few people, there is a market for TV, Blu-ray and AVRs at the high end for consumers like me that want the features supplied once you cross the $300 line.
One side of the "market coin" is consumer demand for low prices. The other side is looking for features and competition. Pick a company that has a product line that is not associated with a retail outlet like Sony, Panasonic or Sanyo. See if Walmart carries all their products or just the low-end. It's natural to want to save money, but choice is still alive and thriving.