There are a few features I've been looking for when searching for a new receiver: Networking (wi-fi or ethernet), 4+ HDMI, GUI menu, 120 watts x 7+, and HD Radio. I've had HD radio in my car for two years now. There is a noticable sound difference and I'd like that technology in my home.
I can buy a standalone HD receiver from Best Buy for $149.99. Why isn't this technology included in receivers? Even the $7,000+ models don't include HD radio.
One of my goals is reducing the number of components on my entertainment center, also reducing the number of remote controls needed to run things. While I can control things fine, other members of the family or friends find it very confusing switching remotes or trying to understand what needs to be controlled when using a universal remote.
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