Originally Posted by Yosh70
Of course it will.....as long as you stay home and never listen to anything else. Or peruse this forum.
With features like advanced room correction and wireless connectivity, (maybe you dont care but alot actually do) receivers have made leaps and bounds in progress compared to even 5 years ago.
The amp section doesn't really change but with improvements such as HDMI, BD audio formats and room correction software like XT32 and ARC, (MCAAC and YPAO not even in same league) over these last few years, I can only imagine what will be the next technological breakthrough for the centerpiece of your HT.
Can you honestly say that things sound much better now though than 5, 10, 20 years ago? The surround formats have changed, and the jump from straight stereo to DD or DTS 5.1 was probably the biggest single step - basically setting off the whole Home Theater Receiver category. Hence my contention that as long as a receiver decodes the latest formats, and has a strong amp section, I'm good with it. And actually, I have to say there's not been a whole lot of improvement since DD and DTS 5.1 came out - at least not the quantum leap that those formats offered from stereo. And I know a lot of folks absolutely love the ability to stream from a phone or PC to the receiver, Airplay, etc, but like I said, personally, I don't need it (TV streams, I have a Roku). Depending on what is streaming from a phone, quality is most likely already severely compromised - be it compressed MP3, Internet radio, or whatever. Just my opinion, but good source material, through a good amp, to good speakers is always going to sound better than the latest sound format coming through a weak amp, despite any amount of electronic massaging. Sow's ear, silk purse, etc.
I might be a little hasty to dismiss auto calibration based on my one experience with it so far. All I know is, MCACC neutered my receiver. It might well have been technically more accurate, but if that's the case, give me the inaccurate but big, meaty and dynamic sounds I dialed in myself.
Now a REAL breakthrough, which could obsolete a current receiver, would be to replace that stinking hdmi format with something reliable, that doesn't take seconds to "handshake" on changing video resolution or audio format, with ports that don't unaccountably die at a ridiculous rate. Of course, that would obsolete a whole lot of other equipment too - which is probably why we'll see it before too long. Manufacturers always want us to refresh our gear!
Just a counterpoint.