Surround Receivers

3 Comments on Simplifying Home Theater Receivers

  1. Steven Gardner Avatar

    Thoroughly enjoyed and empathized with both the Simplifying and How to fix articles. Feature creep has been going since the 70’s and today’s equipment is such a hassle its just not worth it. I have a Pio SC-63 and have no earthly idea how to run it. I know it can run everything I would like it to , I just dont know how. Its dumb, zero intuition. The manual might as well be in Portuguese for all the info I have gotten out of it. In order to activate the B side speakers one has to know to push a button on the remote and then push 7 on the keypad. You serious Clark??? You’re correct when you wrote that if the mfg’s were to make a receiver as simple as the iphone it would jump start sales. I’d buy. Just venting here! All I ever really wanted it to do is play music, dvd, and stream using Sonos. Oh, and power my patio speakers which should be easy to do with 7 amplifiers but as of 3 years later, I never have figured that one out because, honestly, nothing should be that difficult. And after reading your articles, you believe that also. Thanks for listening. Steve

  2. Rob Avatar

    I think the market would reward a simplified 4.1 or 5.1 receiver. Now that sound bars are popular, I wonder if any of the manufacturers will deliver on it

    • I don’t see any reason why removing channels from receiver offerings would be warranted. People still buy one receiver over the other because of a handful of watts. Selling 7.1 over 5 or 4.1 receivers makes sense. No, some people won’t use the extra channels, but they’ll buy the receiver because it has a higher number on it. Sad fact I’m afraid.

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