Originally Posted by cel4145
The lack of digital inputs I can get. But why aren't these integrated amp manufacturers including a sub line out with a high pass filter for the speakers? You can't buy a mid-level amp in the car audio world without a high pass filter. Are they just clueless to the fact that people want to use subwoofers with their products? Even HK should be chastised, for while they include the sub line out on the HK 3390/3490 series, there's no high pass filter. Is it that expensive to implement without affecting audio quality?
I think that the answer to your second point could change your preference for the first.
I think that most people want the following from a modern audio component: that centerpieces their system:
(1) Flexible connectivity with modern program sources that optimizes sound quality.
(2) Those womderful little things that don't show up on spec sheets like volume controls that have really good channel balance, inputs that don't bleed into to each other, and no audible hum and noise at low or zero setting volume together with a "controls everything" remote control.
(3) Bass management for sure with the ability to tailor your system to the room that its in and your preferences maybe even something like Audessy.
(4) A machine that just works like a legacy machine when you turn it on the first time and doesn't require a ton of work before you can start listening to tunes.