I see two very different kinds of audiophiles on AVS:
(1) People who upgrade to meet non-audio needs. Things like bragging rights, money burning a hole in their pockets, insecurity about what they have that could be resolved other ways, etc.
(2) People who upgrade to meet audio-related needs. Defective equipment, equipment that doesn't do things that they actually need done.
Knowing that as soon as you purchase an avr it is obsolete because the industry will change and require hdmi
AFAIK every mainsteam AVR sold for maybe 3-5 years or more has had HDMI.
whatever just to view or listen to the latest or greatest.
Item (1) above in my list. You've set yourself up for this in a way with the unyielding attitude about lossy compression in the thread's OP. If it wasn't for lossy compression even Blu Ray discs would have only a few minutes of video on them.
And of course these AVRs are not upgradeable.....to my knowledge.
But some shortcomings can be circumvented pretty nicely.