Has anyone written on AVS about integrated vs. best-of-breed devices? I see lots of conversations comparing the various features for receivers, but I have not seen a post that directly addresses the issue. (I'm a relative newbie to AVS.)
To me, buying receivers with wi-fi and extra technology is like buying a television-VCR combo. The add-ons will break down years before the core device. I'm a big fan of using the best tool for the job.
For receivers, my goal is simple. I want to play music from your online accounts on Spotify, Pandora, etc., using a smartphone or tablet as a controller.
Many receivers attempt this by integrating Apple's Airplay (Yamaha comes to mind) or by writing their own code. They each have their own drawbacks. Apple's Airplay works great if you only use Apple devices, but it does not support Android. For the custom solutions (thinking of Sony), I do not trust a non-software company to improve their software frequently.
The receiver should last for years, but the technology will change constantly. That's why I like best-of-breed solutions like Sonos and Roku. I wrote this mini-rant because I'm looking to buy two items for our new house:
It's so hard to find "dumb" devices! For the TV, I already have a device that handles streaming. Why would I worry about weird implementations from Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, Vizio, etc.?
Put more specifically, can anyone recommend "dumb models" for a 60" TV in a bright room or a $400 two-zone receiver?