Originally Posted by kluken
How about a bluetooth or RF based remote instead of old school IR line of sight junk.
Everything I would wish for has already been said, so I am just going to mention a few personal high priorities.
I am using separate amps for a 7.1 bed ( I don't have room for more separate amps). I need a receiver that will process and power 6 high speakers, and 2 wide speakers (Height 1, Height 2, Height 3, Wide , 9.2.6). Auro Voice of God is preferred, but optional.
In terms of features, less is better. I have Apple TV, Roku, Oppo, Smart TV, Sirius/XM tuner. If a receiver can give me access to audio/video files on a Mac Mini, PC, and the internet, I'm fine. Some kind of easy to use room correction will do for me.
I could do with less analog inputs, but I would not be in favor of doing away with them altogether. I would like to see the industry do away with HDMI. I think it has limited applicability, is cumbersome and the cabling is too expensive; HDBaseT is a good compromise in my opinion.
I have held off on buying an Atmos receiver, but if I don't buy something in 2016, I may start living in audio hell. Reading the threads about new audio processing techniques and not having access to them is burning a hole in my brain. I may stroke out if I don't buy in the next 12 months.
I have installed 4 ceiling speakers and wired for six. I'm ready to drop some cash. I can afford Denon/Marantz, Yamaha, Onkyo/Integra/Pioneer, maybe Emotiva, although 5K is a stretch for me. At this point I prefer Denon, but it may be first come, first served.
P.S. - 64 bit DSPs would be good, but I am not sure why.