Originally Posted by FilmMixer
Adam.. you assume that PLIIz is a programable feature and doesn't require a new DSP chip solution..
But how can anyone seriously feel slighted over this? Denon has been better that almost all their competition in offering easy firmware updates and keeping their line as current as possible.. I don't think anyone expected there not to be new decoding algorithms or tech coming down the road, and Denon has never sold their gear with the promise of "future proofing."
If they offer the new Dolby tech in the future on their existing gear, I'll be surprised.. but don't lose sleep over it.... It's not that great anyways.
I tend to agree about the real-world benefit of PLIIz and DSX. It's likely more gimicky than it is of any real listening benefit. I'm not losing sleep over that. What I am losing sleep over is the addition of the Napster music subscription service (in addition to Rhapsody) that they're putting into their lower range of receivers. I very much like the integration of the music service within the receiver itself. It eliminates the need for me to manage and serve the music via my PC. If I'm paying $12.99 a month for my Rhapsody subscription and I could switch to Napster for $5.00 a month, I'd save $96 a year, plus I can sync it with my cell phone and DAP. Then there's also 5 free MP3 downloads a month. So yeah, I will lose sleep over them providing this service feature for a lower-end model receiver. I don't want to have to purchase their $250 iPod/Internet dock, just to add integrated Napster functionality.
I'd like them to come through, just as they did for the 3808 and 4308, and offer a paid upgrade to add Napster, like they offered Rhapsody for these other, older models. And if they can provide PLIIz or DSX, that's a plus. I don' think that would be asking much and it would be a win/win result for both Denon and customer alike. They would get the extra revenue of a paid upgrade, not to mention a happy customer. We would get this new functionality. I believe they could offer it, if they chose to. I, for one, hope they do.