Originally Posted by oztech
My point was as stated go back a year or two and look at the back of a flagship denon there is no blank space period meaning they have already started eliminating rows of legacy ports.
Compared to the AVR-4311CI, Denon's flagship from a year or two ago, the back of the AVR-4520CI lost 2 S-Video inputs, 1 composite input, 1 optical output and gained 2 composite outputs and 1 component output. (The AVR-4520CI also lost a composite input at the front.) That's actually net gain of about 1 RCA jacks worth space used for legacy connections on the back, not the elimination of entire rows.
However, despite the AVR-4520CI being a bad example, if you look at AV receivers generally, like the entry level models I previously suggested would make a better example, then you will see a reduction in the number of legacy connectors. This something that anyone who's paid any attention to the market for the last few years should find obvious. However, no one has come close to removing them completely, and the reduction hasn't resulted in receivers getting any smaller or any cheaper. There's just more empty space at the back of receivers now.
Empty space is not something most consumers see as adding value.