Originally Posted by wse
I agree in addition forget all the old connections such as component, and RGB and so on... Better audio is all we need!
Better audio is right indeed. Bunch of useless nonsense they keep adding in is 100% pointless or better achieved through other means. The folks making these receivers should focus 100% on audio quality and dump everything else in an another box.
The fact that the marantz 8801 for examle needs a "pure direct" button is because the marantz people have lost their way. They are trying to be all things for all people.
Flagship prepro in this day and age without a >110-120 decibel signal to noise ratio is just simply NOT state of the art. Ess dacs have had 130+db s/n noise for quite some time now. Even the yamaha flagship threw in the ESS dac and then turned out so-so final results on measurements in the last review I read.
WHERE Is my 64bit Digital volume control?! What in the universe do i need crappy and useless video processing for? Do these folks not know this junk is already in our TV and projector? Are they doing drugs?
Every input and feature that reduces signal to noise below 130db is trash and needs to be ejected like the garbage it is. That is the multichannel preamp that I feel like paying for. It clearly does not need to cost $20000 either.
If Oppo comes out with a processor, the other manufacturers are likely going to be in serious trouble. The Oppo players clearly redefined what was possible at a reasonable price point. Oppo was also able to prove that customers WILL buy quality and products that measure really well.