Originally Posted by sdrucker
A very certain audience, playing sources as is, decoding and then inputting via LPCM, and connecting principally to AVRs, correct?
Sure, I'm guessing lots of people do. Some people buy pre-pros to use as a multi-channel pre-amp while others (me) buy pre-pros for the surround processing. For the former group, the nanoAVR can be very useful.
For example, if I had a Bryston SP-3, I would be willing to spend $299 to see whether parametric equalization could improve the overall sound I was getting with my system. Since the nanoAVR is inserted into the HDMI signal path, there would be no additional A-to-D and D-to-A steps (i.e., I'd still be listening to the Bryston's DACs and analogue circuitry).
Now, if the nano were capable of being loaded with Dirac filters from my laptop, as you fantasized, then that would be a game changer (especially for 300 bucks).