Originally Posted by Iain-
Fortunately, analogue inputs are obsolete for modern AVR.
My understanding is that this is a result of the "analog sunset" specified in the licenses that manufacturers must agree to in order to be able to put HDMI into their equipment. There's plenty of non-HDMI equipment available, of course. Many people like to use dedicated CD players, for example.
Quite right, that. It's all down to quality of AVR analogue ouput circuitry.
If you want, you can get stereo preamps and amps which are strictly analog, with no digital electronics at all, at whatever price and quality your budget can afford.