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post #31 of 354
cable card slot and hd radio ... it is a tuner
post #32 of 354
Best Audyssey PRo XT 32 (or whatever the current 'reference' edition is) in a 5.1 package, Class D amp, optional bluetooth remote interface, without any other bs features.

that's me.
post #33 of 354
When the price goes up you actually get more performance instead of more features. Bells and whistles you will never use.rolleyes.gif The line between better and best is pretty thin these days.
post #34 of 354
I would want the following;

- HDMI switching that can handle any future video upgrades to come down the path and still extract the audio. No VP since most displays now have pretty decent ones.

- High powered true-digital multi mono-block amplifier section with fully assignable channels, (maybe 11?) with corresponding pre-out assignability.

- High-quality phono pre-amp with an excellent ADC, for that and one or two more analog inputs.

- Audyssey XT32 Pro or equivalent room correction and nothing less, and add in the ability to actively bi-amp with the assignable channels using that EQ. (digital x-over)

- Play any digital video or audio format from a storage unit with a reasonable GUI.
post #35 of 354
My approach would be somewhat unorthodox, and probably require some unique marketing strategy and pricing to pull off.

Modular-ise the AVR platform.

Start with the basics:
  • 7.1 amplification of moderate power
  • 2 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs
  • Onboard surround mode decoding.
  • A well thought-through OSD

Now, have multiple expansion slots that will accept various I/O modules so I can pick and choose the capabilities that suit my particular circumstances or upgrade/add new modules as needs dictate.

Need more HDMI inputs? Add an HDMI expander board.
Need support for legacy component or composite video? Add a video board.
Want network capabilities? Add a networking card (which would also have the hardware for DLNA and streaming media support).
Want pre-outs to drive external amplification? Add a pre-out board.
Coaxial digital and optical inputs? Card.
Analogue audio inputs (or phono pre- support). Card me, baby.
Add up to 2 additional stereo zone support (with moderate amplification) via optional Class-D amplifier cards.
USB and E-SATA connectivity? You guessed it; CARD.
Bluetooth? Wi-Fi? 12-volt triggers? Cards! Cards! Cards! Some of them could be combo cards (ex. 12-volt trigger + IR remote I/O)

Also, I want the ability to turn my AVR into a true preamp by having a physical switch that disengages the power amplifier section completely.

Would I pay $500 for the base chassis and an average of $100/card for this? I sure would if it let me get exactly what I wanted without feeling like I had to pay for features I'd never use.
post #36 of 354
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KingLeerUK View Post

My approach would be somewhat unorthodox, and probably require some unique marketing strategy and pricing to pull off.

Modular-ise the AVR platform.

Start with the basics:
  • 7.1 amplification of moderate power
  • 2 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs
  • Onboard surround mode decoding.
  • A well thought-through OSD

Now, have multiple expansion slots that will accept various I/O modules so I can pick and choose the capabilities that suit my particular circumstances or upgrade/add new modules as needs dictate.

Need more HDMI inputs? Add an HDMI expander board.
Need support for legacy component or composite video? Add a video board.
Want network capabilities? Add a networking card (which would also have the hardware for DLNA and streaming media support).
Want pre-outs to drive external amplification? Add a pre-out board.
Coaxial digital and optical inputs? Card.
Analogue audio inputs (or phono pre- support). Card me, baby.
Add up to 2 additional stereo zone support (with moderate amplification) via optional Class-D amplifier cards.
USB and E-SATA connectivity? You guessed it; CARD.
Bluetooth? Wi-Fi? 12-volt triggers? Cards! Cards! Cards! Some of them could be combo cards (ex. 12-volt trigger + IR remote I/O)

Also, I want the ability to turn my AVR into a true preamp by having a physical switch that disengages the power amplifier section completely.

Would I pay $500 for the base chassis and an average of $100/card for this? I sure would if it let me get exactly what I wanted without feeling like I had to pay for features I'd never use.

That's what I'm talking about smile.gif
post #37 of 354
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Originally Posted by KingLeerUK View Post

Also, I want the ability to turn my AVR into a true preamp by having a physical switch that disengages the power amplifier section completely.

How about making that modular too? Separate Processor and Amp boxes that can dock.
post #38 of 354
Am I the only person that wants a media center built into my AVR? I wouldn't think it would be that hard to add something in like that but maybe I am up in the night..

I am tired of having of having multiple devices for physical Blu-ray, a media center for .MKVs with HD audio and another for OTA HD recording.
post #39 of 354
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Originally Posted by crussader View Post

No amps. Just pre-outs.

No, that would basically be a pre-amp. The question is about a receiver, that means built in amps. And the amps in most all of today's receivers suck. If I want to go the pre-amp route, there are a few decent options in the $1500-2500 range. If I want a receiver in the $1500 range, the on-board amps just suck.
post #40 of 354
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Originally Posted by KingLeerUK View Post

My approach would be somewhat unorthodox, and probably require some unique marketing strategy and pricing to pull off.

Modular-ise the AVR platform.

Start with the basics:
  • 7.1 amplification of moderate power
  • 2 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs
  • Onboard surround mode decoding.
  • A well thought-through OSD

Now, have multiple expansion slots that will accept various I/O modules so I can pick and choose the capabilities that suit my particular circumstances or upgrade/add new modules as needs dictate.

Need more HDMI inputs? Add an HDMI expander board.
Need support for legacy component or composite video? Add a video board.
Want network capabilities? Add a networking card (which would also have the hardware for DLNA and streaming media support).
Want pre-outs to drive external amplification? Add a pre-out board.
Coaxial digital and optical inputs? Card.
Analogue audio inputs (or phono pre- support). Card me, baby.
Add up to 2 additional stereo zone support (with moderate amplification) via optional Class-D amplifier cards.
USB and E-SATA connectivity? You guessed it; CARD.
Bluetooth? Wi-Fi? 12-volt triggers? Cards! Cards! Cards! Some of them could be combo cards (ex. 12-volt trigger + IR remote I/O)

Also, I want the ability to turn my AVR into a true preamp by having a physical switch that disengages the power amplifier section completely.

Would I pay $500 for the base chassis and an average of $100/card for this? I sure would if it let me get exactly what I wanted without feeling like I had to pay for features I'd never use.


This has been tried (Onkyo, Meridian, etc) and it never works. Your processor/receiver still has to have brain (aka decoding/processing chips) and those get outdated after 3 or so years. And the development costs means your starting at $3K, not $500. And if you're already at $3K, you might as well upgrade every 5 years, anyways when the "brain" gets outdated.
post #41 of 354
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Originally Posted by crussader View Post

How about making that modular too? Separate Processor and Amp boxes that can dock.
I think there would be cost issues with making each amplifier module have an independent power supply. If you had a power supply built into the main chassis capable of supporting 7 modular amp units but then never use them, that would fall under the "paying for something you don't use" category.

At that level, I think the consumer would be opting more for a pre/pro with modular capabilities, and outboarding the amplification to other standalone power amps.
post #42 of 354
I would like to see XBMC incorporated into the receiver. In addition to all the traditional features of a receiver, it should be able to stream from the internet and play all of your local media. That after all was the original purpose of a receiver. It's just that at the time receivers were invented the only sources were phonographs and tape recorders. Only later were video sources added. It seems logical to no expand to digital media.

Alan
post #43 of 354
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Originally Posted by crussader View Post

Two HDMI outs should be on all but the lowest end receivers. I bet more people need 2 outs than need 6 or 7 inputs.

Right now I have 6 HDMI sources (one is a converter from composite) plus a component source, and I'm headed towards 8 with a Wii U and TiVo Premiere. Although that's not typical, it's probably pretty typical of people on this site.
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Originally Posted by Accuphase View Post

How about the ability to watch one HDMI source (say, cable box) and listen to another HDMI (like PS3).

This would be great for leaving the news or a movie with subtitles up while having music on if people are over. My solution is connect an audio source directly to my AVR, since I use a DVDO EDGE for video switching, but that wouldn't help most people out.

I'd say just a better interface and Ethernet over HDMI (of course it would have to be supported at the other end as well). The ultimate will be when everything is on HDBaseT, and you plug one Ethernet cable into the AVR to put everything else online... The interfaces on AVRs suck right now.
post #44 of 354
Current AVR's are jacks of all trades, but masters of none.

My ideal AVR would do the basics, but do them well. I still want room correction and other options, but give me the option to digitally loop out the active signal for additional processing. Then take that post processed signal, loop it back into the AVR (still in digital domain) and do a 1 time conversion to analog, apply volume control, and amplification.

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Edited by rabident - 3/13/13 at 6:07pm
post #45 of 354
Room correction on the very lowest models. And the very basic should have more features and not be completely stripped down. Such as the lowest of the Denon should be like the 1613 instead of the 1513.
post #46 of 354
I know I'm probably not in the majority here but I'd like to have a surge protector, UPC, battery back up and AVR that all have the same style. Maybe a black piano finish, with a couple vertical silver/chrome lines that makes a slightly curved pattern, so when stacking the three together, it looks like it was all made for each other... which it should be. The components would all still be separate, so if you melt a surge protector or a piece of equipment does fail, you only lose that component and not the whole system.... although having them all in one unit would be sweet in my opinion as well.. just not feasible. I want it all to not feel and look cheap. I also would prefer it to have a computer that is easily upgraded.. with a slick user interface... sort of like a gaming console. I'd like it to have all the streaming and downloading options in one place, as well as offer a couple USB 3.0 ports for external storage of media...such as ripped blu-rays. This would allow me to go all digital when the inevitable day comes. I basically want it to be the all-in-one device. It would also be sweet if you could plug your OTA antenna into it. I'd still want at least 4 HDMI inputs...preferably at least 6-8. I'd also like 4 HDMI outputs, each being independent of each other. In addition to this, I would like it to to have the option of either being hooked up via wi-fi, or hardwired. Essentially, I want this receiver to be capable of receiving any media option I could think to throw at it, and be able to have 4 different independent HDMI outputs to send video to any combination projector, monitor, tv's etc. I'd like it to even have a usable browser with an- activity based, or smarter remote.. I'd also like the option of using a tablet or smartphone as a remote control......but it needs to be done right. It has to be relatively easy to set-up, program, customize, and use. In addition, I'd like an equal number of zones as there are HDMI channels... each capable of being independent of each other. Ideally with the ability to have one 7.2 zone, one 5.1 zone, and an additional zone for a few speakers placed in dead zones, a bathroom, out on the patio, etc. The interface is really what would make this thing.. I'd like to be able easily switch which sources are being played on which tv''s. Any given display would only have one hdmi cable going to it.. as long as the remote can simply turn on and off the display, I want the AVR interface to do the rest... I'd like to choose which HDMI output to display the interface on, and from that interface (or even streaming phone/tablet/remote etc) be able to quickly and easily choose what material I want sent to what displays and what audio I want sent to what speaker set up. Then be able to control the proper buttons and decipher between the components easily.. not even so much for me- but for others who will be using my setup. Basically, I would have my OTA stations, whatever popular streaming source you want(HULU, Netflix, etc), whatever downloading option you want (VUDU, Itunes, etc), access to my external hard drive storage via USB 3.0, wi-fi streaming options from my phone/tablet/laptop, etc all at my fingertips, and be able to easily choose what source I want to watch, with the interface making switching between these sources as seamless as possible, and able to put any of my sources onto whatever display I've got. Then I want my audio options to be independent, and easily give me the option of switching what zones are playing what sources as well as deciphering between the zones and controlling the audio settings easy.

What I am envisioning:

One large open, entertaining room.. half bar/game room and half movie/sports watching area. and a separate bedroom or living room room in an attached room.

Independent Displays:
1 projector in my main movie/sports area
1 large plasma in attached living room/bedroom
2 mid-size plasmas behind the bar

Audio zones:
7.2 in main movie/sports area
5.1 in attached bedroom/living room
2.0 above the bar
2.0-one speaker in the bathroom, one outside the walkout patio.

With all the above sources, here is how I envision using it:

1) "day time viewing" 2.0 over the bar, watching one of the plasmas.. or both. with or without the same source on each tv. Possibly using one as a sort of PIP, with the ability of switching the audio signal to whichever display I want to watch. Would also have the ability to watch 5.1 in the attached living room/bedroom with whatever source desired.

2) "movie night" it would be a 7.2, movie experience. Projector and 7.2 being used, any source material I want.

3) "Sunday Sports" Would have the projector and 7.2 being used, any source material I want. Would turn on the 2.0 in the bathroom/outside zone.. and potentially the 2.0 over the bar at a lower volume if desired. All the audio on one source- with the projector and one tv on that same source and the potential to have the 2nd bar tv on a different source (game).... Would be great if you could flip the audio/picture between the two, much like you used to do with PIP. Have the NFC game on proj, tv1, 7.2, 2.0 and AFC on tv2, no audio but when a commerical pops on, press one button to flip it so the AFC is now on proj, tv1, 7.2, 2.0 and the NFC is just on tv2 with no audio... then swtich back after the commericial.

4) "bar night" have all the speakers playing the same full signal.. being able to adjust the volumes independently. With or without tvs on.


Let me do all this with a remote/interface system that my mother can use.

The average person does not have a separate dedicated home theater.. While they do enjoy their movie experience, the room also is used for other purposes like sports watching, media viewing, etc. I'd like something that is adaptable and is really the brains of my system-letting me watch and listen to whatever I want to watch and listen to. You get get rid or all those RCA jacks too. You've got to catch up to the modern world. Of the dozen or so friends/family that I visit regularly who have and AVR, virtually all of them are only using their HDMI, optical, and speaker connections- which should also be improved by the way.. a couple RCA's are fine if you want, but who's actually using all 24 of them? You have to look at the average buyer in the modern world. We want to control all of our devices easily. The average person upgrading their living room tv is also going to upgrade their media sources as well. That's becoming digital, and besides wanting surround sound with multiple zones, multiple displays (what family doesn't have 2 or more tvs within 75 feet of each other?), etc, people want all of their digital media sources available, and want to know that it is going to be relevant for the next 10+ years. It has to be able to connect to their other smart devices for easy sharing of media, it has to offer all the popular streaming and downloading sources (netflix, itunes, hulu, vudu, etc), it has to offer at least some connection to social media (facebook, twitter, etc), if not have a full browser, its got to offer USB for people that have or plan to eventually have digital files of their movies, and it's got to be user-friendly. I don't think it'd be a bad idea to let people hook their OTA antenna to it as well. Most people making changes to their media viewing habits are a) going digital and b) cutting the cable/dish. You've got to find ways to appeal to them. Offer them a device that does all the same stuff that the roku, apple tv, HTIB, gaming console(besides gaming), HTPC, HDMI switcher, power center, and other media equipment does, all in one box. Give them a reason to buy/upgrade their receiver. While it does need to be able to decode all the relevant audio files, focus your marketing on it's other functions. People on this forum will look at the spec sheet for that. The average buyer doesn't know or care that it plays Dolby DTS magic IV, they just assume it will be compatible with everything... so it better be. Market it at "the last media receiver you will ever need to buy" or "the center of your home theater" etc.. and make it that! Give them what they want and really care about- can it play all of my media, can it stream and download movies/tv, can it interact with my phone tablet, can it receive all of my sources, can it send any of that material to whatever display and sound combination I want, and can my wife control it? If it does all that, looks nice, and is marketed that way- there is no reason it won't beat out all the other ugly little new half-ass media toys all these manufacturers are coming out with and no reason it won't be more popular then any other receiver on the market, and no reason for people to hold off on upgrading their home theater. Advertise the HDMI 1.4, 4k and 3d capable, center of the future of home theater blah blah blah. That is what will open people's wallets. Yes, people on this forum are more concerned about the audio specs, but that is their hobby and/or career.. the average user just wants to easily control, play, and listen to their modern media sources in whatever configuration they desire. I realize that the biggest pitfall of creating such a device is cost.. I have no answer for that. Maybe make on model without the multiple independent outputs and one with them. A lot of people will pay 500 bucks to have all this even on one tv if it does everything. Then offer one that takes all the capabilites and lets indepentently output to multiple displays and audio zones.. 2 dispays/zones for 800-1000 and 4 displays/zones for 1200-1500? Maybe you could have the basic functions as a separate piece with all the digital/smart/computer/interface end of it as a separate, matching piece that plugs into or attaches to it. Once you've got all the HDMI, speaker, USB, etc ports, switches, and whatever other magic goes on in a receiver, the only near-future changes that may be desired are going to be on that end of it.... So it would give people the capability of upgrading the "smarts" of their receiver down the line..say every 5 years to stay digitally relevant without needing to repurchase the bulk of the hardware. It would keep the costs down for future upgrades for them- while essentially locking them in as return customer for you down the road. I don't know. Maybe making the whole system modular is the way to go. Someone need multiple independent HDMI visual zones? purchase a 100 dollar shelf to add that hardware, Need to add a 5.1 set up for the bedroom behind that wall, and would rather use the the media sources hooked up this this 7.1 capable receiver? purchase a separate 50 dollar shelf that lets you hook your speaker cables to it. Really need 100 RCA jacks? purchase that 100 dollar shelf. New 3D.2 or faster processor available? upgrade that interface/computer shelf. etc.. Want a matching surge protector, UPS, battery back up, etc? buy a separate matching piece. Could allow people to buy what is important to them only, making the costs worthwhile. Someone want their interface on a touchscreen, wall-mounted device behind their bar? Offer that for 75 dollars that they could flush mount next to their lighting controls. Someone have the money and know from the get-go that they want several of these options? Offer a shelf with 6 independent HDMI outputs and 4 independent sets of speaker outputs, etc. Could even offer bundles with some of the more commonly purchased together items for a few dollars off. Could even offer different rack options, interchangeable face-plates, etc- that let people customize their system with what they need, and able to upgrade their face-plates so their equipment matches, and suites their tastes...all while opening their wallets to YOU. It almost always seems that people are not using half of the ports on the back of their receiver, and many people are forced to buy the higher model for one small feature they want, paying for a bunch of features they don't want OR more commonly just buy the lower end model to save money and end up sacrificing a feature they wish they had. Let them buy what they want, and make it modular... Then offer a website that is easy to navigate and understand what items are needed for your individual needs, and what extra accessories(like faceplates, touchscreen interface, etc) are available for the selected devices as well as any other recommendations/ or commonly purchased components with what is in your cart. Make it sort of like a "build your system" - similar to what auto-manufacturers offer on their websites for "build your XXX car". Have both a list of all products with specs for people who know what they want, but also offer the "build mode", that lets users select how many video (tv/projectors) displays they have (or intend to purchase), what and how many audio zones they have (or intend to purchase) and if they are 7.1, 5.1, 9.3, 11.2, etc., if they have any smartphones/tablets they'll be using with it, then start with a base model, and go through steps, asking if they'd like more audio outputs, more audio inputs, more video/HDMI inputs, more video/HDMI outputs, any external media needs(USB ports, bluetooth), accesories (faceplates, touchscreen interfaces), would you like a matching surge protector(have an 8 outlet, 12 outlet, 24 outlet etc), UPS, battery back up(with different sizes offered) and which one, maybe even offer your own matching external hardrive options.. etc. As hardrives become cheaper or even SSD in the future, you can offer them, or they can add other ones to it. Possibly offer a blu-ray juke box even for people who still want to use their collection. Regardless of the offerings, make it easy to see what is offered, what is needed, what is compatible, what each component does and what it costs, etc. People on this forum can read a spec sheet for all that, but the average home user is not as informed. If you can tell from the rest of my post- I am an interested home user. Most of my friends and family consider me their go-to guy for advice on tech-purchases. I am not rich, but have decent equipment.. mostly just like to drool at what I can't afford. Even considering I know more about this stuff then most of my friends/family, I still don't know half of the terminology and functions of some of this stuff- I certainly would try to market to people in ways that they can understand it, show them what it can do for them without intimidating them with the specs.. People who care about the specs will look them up. Take a note from Apple. I absolutely hate them, but they know how to market a product. simple, clean, get to the point. Their phones and computers can do a lot of stuff and have some pretty impressive stats... but the average user is more impressed with how easy it is to use the software and how it interacts with their other equipment. Get some of these set ups into dealers where people can view them. Spend a bit on advertising on tv and in sources average people will actually see. The average person does not look at avs forums when looking for a new tv, and doesn't read home theater magazines. Find a way to connect with them and show them what your product offers and how easy it is to use and what it can do for them. I also cannot believe how many people do not have any receiver and just buy a tv.. Many completely avoid the audio/receiver isle because it intimidates them and they've never had it. Give them a reason to have it. Get a set up in stores for people to see how it functions and how easy it is to use and how they can control all their media with one easy interface. Advertise how much cable and dish costs are and use the total cost of that for 1-2 years as a way to convince them to switch to digital. Tell them how your product offers any source of digital material available and how the can use the money they save by cutting dish to purchase your product instead. I don't have all the answers- but I see so many users that do not have a receiver and I see why they don't- You need to find ways to appeal to the average user. That's my opinion. You ask audiophiles what they want and you market to them. sure you'll get rave reviews here- but your not going to sell to the average household. Right now you are a like a manufacturer of Indy-cars trying to find ways to get the average car-driver to buy your car. While the race-car enthusiasts are thrilled with the basic specs of going fast- they average driver wants power locks and windows with a gps and cupholders. You're not going to sell a stock-car to a family that needs a minivan with third row seats, tv screens, cup holders, and floor mats.

Give us cupholders.

Well that's my wishful thinking... it's all technically possible right? What would this sort of stuff cost?
Edited by CMonMan - 3/14/13 at 12:00pm
post #47 of 354
Reliable HDMI boards.....

HD Radio,

Fewer seldom used features.
post #48 of 354
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Originally Posted by Stiege View Post

A/B front l and r speaker switch

For god's sake, play digital inputs through zones 2 and 3

Pioneer Elite and Yamaha can already do the latter since last year, Pioneer can do the l/r switch since several years ago.
post #49 of 354
-I'm not a fan of integrating features that aren't part of what an AVR is supposed to do (Airplay, apps, tuner, etc), but if they are continuing down that road, WiDi is welcomed.

-Wireless HDMI (after a standard protocol gets established, if it hasn't already)

-Dual HDMI as others have stated

-A more robust zone 2 if they are going to even offer that option

-A display that isn't dot matrix

-I know there isn't much you can do about weight, but one could dream about a lightweight AVR while still maintaining power. (I'm thinking about times of having to install 40lb amps into a rack by yourself.)
post #50 of 354
lets go old skool; bring back PIP, TVs are defiantly large enough now
post #51 of 354
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Originally Posted by pitviper33 View Post

A receiver doesn't need to be a source. A tuner is nice, but I can buy an external one and plug it in easily enough.

+1

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Originally Posted by DS-21 View Post

The big things (only things, really) that would make me upgrade from my Anthem MRX 300 are:

-A room correction system that PROPERLY handles the modal region. That is, it doesn't ping the mains and subs separately, but sweeps them as a unit to account for not just each piece's FR, but the interactions between them.

mmmh, interesting...

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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

Abandon all of the source stuff (i.e. Airplay, DLNA, Internet radio, SiriusXM) - cheap, easy to replace source components do this much better, anyway;

Abandon video processing/scaling of any kind - cheap, easy to replace source components do this much better, anyway;

Abandon HDMI CEC - it causes more problems than it solves;

As a corollary to the above, standardize a version of existing HDMI flow-control methods to eliminate jitter from source components via HDMI;

Add digital-to-analog processing for zone 2/3, for all inputs; so, like the above, we can finally be done with any cable type but HDMI;

Focus on: fast, reliable HDMI switching (especially for troublesome cable boxes), audio codec processing with room correction and a simple, elegant on-screen interface;

+++1

In conclusion for me, I don't want nor need more features
post #52 of 354
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Originally Posted by Sam S View Post

This has been tried (Onkyo, Meridian, etc) and it never works. Your processor/receiver still has to have brain (aka decoding/processing chips) and those get outdated after 3 or so years. And the development costs means your starting at $3K, not $500. And if you're already at $3K, you might as well upgrade every 5 years, anyways when the "brain" gets outdated.

But the products that those manufacturers implemented the "modularity" into were targeted for the top-of-the-line market in the first place. The Onkyo TX-NR1000 retailed at over $3k and it came with most of the 'modular' units pre-installed and thus already contributory to the rather large price.

What I'd be more interested in is having a base unit that was little more than an HDMI selector with the essential surround sound decoding software/firmware and power amplifier sections. It would "work" out of the box on its own for the most basic of AVR functions: decoding surround sound codecs, switching between HDMI sources, room correction and tonal adjustments, and finally amplification. If I need it to do more or have more I/O then that is where modules would come in.

The availability of inexpensive, power conscious and powerful computing platforms and operating systems (Linux, Android) that can make use of them has increased dramatically in the last few years. Imagine a receiver platform running on Android, all of the surround decoding processing done on the processor, not in hardware, and then having the framework open enough to accept upgrades to the decoding software, drivers and firmware that supports the modular hardware.

It would be massive departure from the current ideology that currently governs the AVR market, but the processing power necessary to decode even the newest surround codecs is minimal. I can't see AVRs needing CPU upgrades to accommodate new decoding methods.
post #53 of 354
How about new advance THX mode? I still want this even nobody talks about it.smile.gif
post #54 of 354
- Digital audio in zone 2-3 (I know, me and everybody else...)
- Better matrix-type switching behavior overall. Many have asked for the ability to watch one source & listen to another, I'd like to see more AVRs do things like: allow an input source to be assigned more than once & not disabling it once it's used; provide a quick switching option for outputs rather than just acting as an hdmi splitter; etc.
- Selective firmware upgrades for content providers (I want to to download Pandora and vTuner, but not Rhapsody, etc.).
- I don't know if I need an HD tuner, but if you're gonna include a tuner at all, how about an antenna that's something more substantial than a 2-foot wire. I mean, c'mon, I live in an urban area with a lot of interference, I just paid $700+ for this thing, and you're gonna make me drive to Radio Shack so I don't have an antenna that looks like it came out of a cereal box?
post #55 of 354
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Originally Posted by KingLeerUK View Post

But the products that those manufacturers implemented the "modularity" into were targeted for the top-of-the-line market in the first place. The Onkyo TX-NR1000 retailed at over $3k and it came with most of the 'modular' units pre-installed and thus already contributory to the rather large price.

What I'd be more interested in is having a base unit that was little more than an HDMI selector with the essential surround sound decoding software/firmware and power amplifier sections. It would "work" out of the box on its own for the most basic of AVR functions: decoding surround sound codecs, switching between HDMI sources, room correction and tonal adjustments, and finally amplification. If I need it to do more or have more I/O then that is where modules would come in.

The availability of inexpensive, power conscious and powerful computing platforms and operating systems (Linux, Android) that can make use of them has increased dramatically in the last few years. Imagine a receiver platform running on Android, all of the surround decoding processing done on the processor, not in hardware, and then having the framework open enough to accept upgrades to the decoding software, drivers and firmware that supports the modular hardware.

It would be massive departure from the current ideology that currently governs the AVR market, but the processing power necessary to decode even the newest surround codecs is minimal. I can't see AVRs needing CPU upgrades to accommodate new decoding methods.

You're missing the point. Those designs were targeted at higher end products specifically because they were so expensive to design and produce.

Big CE companies can barely make an affordable point and shoot camera that runs on Android. We're a long way from some attempting something like that on a low-margin AVR line.

Yes, AVRs need CPU power to accommodate new decoders and room correction. It's not "minimal". If you want anything more than 7.1 channels of decoding, and room correction, you need at least 3 modern, purpose-built SHARC decoders. That's not cheap.
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My approach would be somewhat unorthodox, and probably require some unique marketing strategy and pricing to pull off.

Modular-ise the AVR platform.

Start with the basics:
  • 7.1 amplification of moderate power
  • 2 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs
  • Onboard surround mode decoding.
  • A well thought-through OSD

Now, have multiple expansion slots that will accept various I/O modules so I can pick and choose the capabilities that suit my particular circumstances or upgrade/add new modules as needs dictate.

Need more HDMI inputs? Add an HDMI expander board.
Need support for legacy component or composite video? Add a video board.
Want network capabilities? Add a networking card (which would also have the hardware for DLNA and streaming media support).
Want pre-outs to drive external amplification? Add a pre-out board.
Coaxial digital and optical inputs? Card.
Analogue audio inputs (or phono pre- support). Card me, baby.
Add up to 2 additional stereo zone support (with moderate amplification) via optional Class-D amplifier cards.
USB and E-SATA connectivity? You guessed it; CARD.
Bluetooth? Wi-Fi? 12-volt triggers? Cards! Cards! Cards! Some of them could be combo cards (ex. 12-volt trigger + IR remote I/O)

Also, I want the ability to turn my AVR into a true preamp by having a physical switch that disengages the power amplifier section completely.

Would I pay $500 for the base chassis and an average of $100/card for this? I sure would if it let me get exactly what I wanted without feeling like I had to pay for features I'd never use.
Looks like this one does that http://www.saturdayaudio.com/picturepages/nad_mdc_details.htm

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A built-in network media (audio and video) player with Samba share support, 10-bit encode support and DLNA. It should be compatible with all of the various major encodes (h264, etc), natively play mkv/mp4/avi/mpeg video, allow for multiple audio tracks and subtitles... support for subtitle styles would be neat.
++++1 Why don't they do this already? You'd think with all the video processing abilities of today's avr's this would be a no-brainer. If R-pi can do it in a little thing the size of a deck of cards why not in a 30lb avr confused.gif
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Any receiver over $500 should have pre-outs for every channel period.
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Everyone has different needs and that leads me to think I would prefer a quasi-modular AVR.

Give the AVR a brain (computer) and then some small drawers so to speak where additions may be added based on needs. (akin to adding cards to computers but make the process easier via slide in drawers)

I don't need an FM Tuner - put that in a drawer option.
Smart services - put that in a drawer option.
Additional analogue in/out - drawers
Levels of room correction from typical to advanced - drawers

and so forth.

**** LOGICAL **** Given that modern equipment connects to via cat 5/e, 6 - create a universal code scheme that is published so that other makers can use it and allow the remote on the AVR to control via Ethernet the other devices in the network. There is no reason to use HDMI to do iffy work when a more direct source is available here via Ethernet. TVs, BD players, SACD players and more should be easily controlled via the universal code and remote. The remote doesn't have to start with activities on the AVR but it might be the AVR as the center to send the signal out and receive responses).

Something like above or perhaps another way of doing it would then meet the needs of most people. Makers no longer need to rush to get new AVRs out but new "drawers."

Everyone seems as we can see to have different ideas on what they need and this might be one way to allow people to get closer to their 'nirvana' if choices start with a base and you add as you want/need. The only item that I do believe in is the universal code for talking between various devices. ARC, CEC and the rest only half way work unless your equipment is somewhat from the same maker. This gets ride of the dependency.
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Best Audyssey PRo XT 32 (or whatever the current 'reference' edition is) in a 5.1 package, Class D amp, optional bluetooth remote interface, without any other bs features.

that's me.

+1 EXCELLENT! I want that exact thing too!
Plus the ability to customize every single input source or soundmode individually as I want.
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6 or 7 hdmi inputs. ability to output 2 seperate sources on 2 separate hdmi outs. pre-outs for 9.2 or 9.4. audyssey. and that's it. don't want any of this component input, rca inputs or any random networking/streaming useless stuff. I have my computer hooked up to my receiver I can do anything I want from it. All I want it to do is decode my audio!
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