My thoughts about he succesor of the 7200WA (we don't know the name, so I will call it 7300H):
- I have no info about UHD Bluray discs getting atmos or dts:x beyond 7.4.1. If I knew 9.6.1 is coming soon I would seriously consider the 7300H. I am no proffesional in the field and since these are object based formats it is totally possible that they can already expand to 9.6.1 without the need of upmixers. I would aprreciate some info about this.
I will stay with 7.4.1 till the content natively suuport 9.6.1 layouts. The new upmixers are amazing, but not good enough to justify the new investment in my case.
The 7300H would be interesting for Auro3D or auromatic users if it allowed calibration and easy transition between the atmos/dtsx layouts and the Auro3D one without compromises. I mean not mandatory universal layout for all of them but the choice of having one for each format if necessary. We are talking about a flagship after all and there are true enthusiasts willing to spend.
- HDMI 2.1 is a big deal to me. If I am not mistaken it supports up to [email protected]
4:4:4 or [email protected]
and all the HDR with metadata formats. It is a huuge leap forward and any new A/V equipment I purchase from now on must support it or be 100% upgradeable later on. I know it will be a while (1-2 years), but when the time comes I will spend big.
- I am also keeping an eye on mqa. It seems to be objectively the audio format with the highest fidelity, it is retro compatible with any old DAC (you get the highest fidelity your DAC is capable of) and the big names in the industry seem to be adopting it, specially the audiophile streaming services. It would be terrible for me that mqa became the new standard for HiFi music and my flagship AVR had no support for it. I could use the analog inputs with an external DAC but I would lose Audyssey which is a deal breaker for me.
- As a final note I worry that competition could be pushing to higher number of channels per AVR without a proper upgrade in the amp section for cost reasons. If so, I hope that Denon and the other big names will inform about the Watts RMS per channel and distortion with all channels driven. This is kind of wishful thinking but fortunatelly there are still some trusted reviewers that will test it.
I will bear in mind all of this upon the arrival of the 7300H.
Of course these are personal thoughts or opinions that could perfectly be wrong. If so feel free to correct me or disagree so I can learn
Edit: I agree with a lot of doable improvements pointed out in this thread that I don't mention. I have elaborated a little about the ones that matter the most to me.
Some of the already mentioned improvements I like:
- A powerful processor (64 bit) to isolate and analyze better every sound in a track. It could be huge for upmixing to a 3d field, specially for music.
- A way to tweak the upmixers to expand or reduce the field in lenght and/or height (I think auromatic already has something similar)
- Not sure if it can be done, but running audyssey for external DACs would be amazing.
- Faster way to run Audyseey without losing quality
..... and so much more. I could be dreaming like this the whole evening