Originally Posted by bd2003
I want them to take a step back on adding features, and take a step forward on usability.
For instance, having the receiver detect which inputs actually have something plugged in, and greatly simply setup and adding a new device. As soon as you plug it in, it should ask you to name it, and that's it, no need to remember the number of which port you just plugged in. I shouldn't even have to know what HDMI is. Likewise it should support wireless connectivity equally well - airplay, widi, Bluetooth, etc
Id like a headphone jack in the rear that can have headphones permanently plugged in, instead of always forcing it on. Let those headphones act as zone 2, and let me set it to always output line level if the headphones themselves have a volume control (like most wireless headsets).
I'd like to see less vestigal buttons on the remote that do one thing, and a much better (and faster GUI) instead. It doesn't need to be Apple TV level simplicity, but it doesn't need to look like the control panel for a helicopter either. It definitely doesn't need to be a universal remote with playback and number buttons.
Throw a smartphone CPU/SoC in the receiver and make something fast and beautiful, instead of whatever slow and ancient processors they're using now. I should never need to read a manual - the OSD should clearly define every option as you're changing it, and provide user guidance. For instance, when setting crossover, explain what a crossover is, what its typically set at, the real diff between "small" and "large" etc.
I'd like a dynamic compression mode that you can set a schedule to - at 9pm, switch to night mode. At midnight, switch to midnight mode.
The receiver should also be aware of when it starts to clip/distort - the volume level display could just turn red to inform the user they're pushing it too far for optimum quality.
I guess basically just finally make a receiver that normal non-techie human beings can use without being totally baffled. Keep all the tech stuff behind the scenes, I still want it, but I swear its like they're all a decade behind the rest of the tech industry when it comes to GUI design. I want them to be receivers that are better at their actual job of integrating components, not try to be a sub par replacement for some of them.
The only thing on the front of it should be a volume dial, a power button, and a full color touchscreen. With an ambient light sensor to automatically change brightness, so you can see it in the day, and doesn't blind you at night.
Basically, I want someone to do to receivers what nest did for thermostats. This is absolutely possible today, all it takes is some design work and a $20-30 ARM chip.