Sure thing. As far as the function of the actual receiver goes:
Right now, the way dolby volume works is a little frustrating. You have quick selection over whether its on or off as a whole - you can get that done with just two button presses. But if you want to change the level of dynamic range compression you have to dig deep through the menus - it takes way too many button presses and takes too long. One solution is to give a separate quick toggle between DV DRC on/off, or a cycle where you keep pressing it and it goes from just DV, DV + light compression, DV + heavy compression, off. My only misgiving about that solution is that at a glance, the single DV blue LED only tells you it's on, but not if its applying DRC. So I'd like an additional LED for DRC status.
Better yet, would be to have the receiver know the time of day, and to set a schedule - during the day, just DV, at 10PM when its quiet time, to automatically toggle on DRC. Id be able to set it once and forget it. Additionally, and option to automatically disable the sub and/or cut off/limit low frequency volume at the same time would be icing on the cake.
My second big wish is to have a dedicated line level output for headphones. For those times when even DRC isn't enough to keep the neighbors from complaining. As it is right now, I have to pick my lazy ass off my chair and bend over to plug in the ever dangling headphone wire into the headphone jack. Line level would be preferable since I use wireless headphones that have their own amp. Right now my workaround is to just set the receiver to -40 whenever I plug them in to avoid clipping, but that took a lot of trial and error to find that number where volume is sufficient but there's no added distortion. The dedicated output would need the ability to use dolby headphone processing, and if I could also have a dedicated EQ or even just separate bass/treble controls for it, even better. Right now it just use the same bass/treble settings from the speakers, and it also keeps DV enabled (which sounds terrible). Id love to just be able to plug my wireless transmitter into the back of the receiver, keep all the wires out of the way, and press a single headphone button that mutes the speakers, enables the separate headphone EQ, and disables inappropriate stuff like DV. This would also be a great solution for those that want to use a dedicated headphone amp - the built in amp adds an extra unnecessary link in the chain. If thats too complicated, I'd be satisfied with the simple ability to turn the amp off and output line level through the front jack, although I still really want the ability to toggle headphone mode via the remote and leave it perpetually plugged in.
And speaking of headphone EQ, I wouldn't be mad if they adapted ARC to work with headphones, using some crazy ass head shaped mic that you can wrap your headphones around. Id pay real money for that.
I'm also really not crazy about the separate on/off buttons on the receiver - a simple toggle like everyone else is much better. Right now I need a separate on and off macro to switch everything on and off.
And the only reason I need a macro is because if you enable HDMI CEC, the receiver burns a constant 50 watts even while "off"....that's completely unacceptable.
Finally I'd prefer more finely grained distance settings for the speakers to get it just right. My old denon could measure it in inches instead of just feet. And ARC should be able to calculate this for you like audyssey.
Per channel crossovers with more finely grained adjustments and selectable slopes would also be killer, and ties in to what I want them to do next with ARC.
Those are the only real usability gripes I have....I have plenty of ideas about how to improve ARC but that's a whole treatise that'll I'll get to later.
Edited by bd2003 - 4/9/13 at 1:16pm