Originally Posted by meburdick
My immediate reaction to this is sort of a "good luck with that" one. I'd love to see what you're describing, but it seems that the two are always going to be at adds. Technology is ever-changing by nature. And, in the consumer realm, nothing new equals no sales. With that in mind, I think the best you might be able to hope for is that your requirements hit a plateau and the tech eventually all exceeds it. That way, your minimum requirements can be met everywhere. IF that eventually happens, then your described "hope" would be met and that would be great for you.
On the other hand, if you're like mostly everyone, you'll never fully stop appreciating at least one or two things that are new and that cycle might never reach a settled point like you describe for you. In some ways, it can work out better to actually lower your requirements just a little bit, but something much cheaper, and then upgrade every 3-5 years. You're never on the cutting edge, but what you do have is cost-effective and works well.
I agree that it's a vicious cycle that you have to decide whether you want to be "all in" on the cutting edge and be willing to pay for it, or lag a bit behind and "pay" by not having the cutting edge.
No doubt that the technology is very progressive, but at the same time, with the hardware that I currently own, I've yet had the need to upgrade any of it. As described in my initial post, my Shield, Marantz AVR, and TV have been updated with new features. So the need to get the latest and greatest is not a priority.
I recently just added an Xbox One X to my system, and while the hardware is powerful, the software side (from a media streamer perspective) is lacking, especially when you compare it to the Nvidia Shield. Again, from a Media Streamer perspective, the Shield runs laps around the XB1X in its current state. I'm not sure if Microsoft will allow for Lossless Audio through Local Media Streaming, such as the case with the Apple TV 4K, but I could not believe how the Xbox struggled to play my local content. My Shield and Oppo 203 play my 1:1 rips with ease, and no transcoding whatsoever.
With that said, I see a lot of Potential with the Xbox One in the coming years. I truly hope that the device gets the support the Shield does.
A three year old device with 20 updates and more to come, that's what I get with the Nvidia Shield (from 2015).
A TV with now HDR Support for Youtube and Google Play Movies, and Atmos support via Vudu and Amazon Prime, that's what I get with the 900e (from 2017).
Dolby Vision and HLG passthrough support, that's what I get with the Marantz SR7010 AVR (from 2015).
These are not brand spanking new products. They have some years on them, yet they all are still being supported in some form or fashion.
Now that I know that media companies can simply "flip a switch", as the case with Amazon Prime which enabled Dolby Atmos for their Jack Ryan series, later pull this ability, then flip the switch back on, or a software update such as VP9 Profile 2, which enables Youtube HDR, where many of us thought it was a hardware limitation, Dolby Vision support for a 2015 AVR line, and what appears to be "software limitations" on the Xbox One X, probably due to licensing, or other factors, I know now that some sought out features can be accomplished without the need to update the hardware.
However, when it comes to the newer HDMI, and HDCP specs, I know this has to be hardware specific, and therefore, the need to upgrade will be inevitable for some of us to maintain a solid "chain".